Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 20-of-32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s 33-27 win over the Seahawks. Running back DeMarco Murray ran for 115 yards and a touchdown – a 75-yard run.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A fistfight turned into a shootout on Sunday at Nissan Stadium, and the Titans had more bullets.The 33-27 win over the Seahawks not only gave the Titans their second straight win, it also offered further proof this team knows how to win tough games.
“I think the “want to” is different this year,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “Guys understand we can be a good team, and we want to win. In previous years I think we had it in us, but the “want to” wasn’t there. This year, you see us finishing games, and I love that.“The success (we’ve had) is the key. When you taste it, you don’t want to lose it.”
Following a season when the Titans won nine games — beating five eventual playoff teams along the way – the team dropped this year’s season-opener to the Raiders.
In the past two weeks, however, the Titans have shown more of a killer instinct, especially in the second half of games. In Jacksonville, the Titans scored 31 of their 37 points in the second half to pull away. On Sunday, the Titans scored 24 points in the second half – including touchdowns on three straight drives – to beat the Seahawks, and improve to 2-1.
“This was a big, big win,” guard Quinton Spain said. “Props to Seattle, they have a good team. But I felt like we kept pounding and pounding and it paid off.”
Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 20-of-32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
In eight career games, Mariota now has 20 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 119.0. His passer rating on Sunday was 104.3.
Running back DeMarco Murray, who missed two practices this week because of a hamstring injury, ran for 115 yards and a touchdown – a beautiful 75-yard run.“It was a win we needed to have against a good football team at home,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I’m glad we won at home, with our fans. I thought it was a great atmosphere with our fans, a great day to come see and watch. … That’s what we are capable of doing if we can put three phases of football together and play good football.”
After a defensive battle in the first half, the Titans provided a bunch of fireworks in the second half.
It started with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Mariota to receiver Rishard Matthews, who picked up key blocks from tackle Taylor Lewan and guard Josh Kline close to the line of scrimmage and then a clearing block from tight end Phillip Supernaw – on two Seahawks — downfield.
“That’s the culture of this team, and that’s the culture of this offense,” Supernaw said. “We want to hustle, and finish plays. It’s what we do every day in practice.”
On the team’s next possession, rookie tight end Jonnu Smith scored his second touchdown in as many weeks by catching a pass from Mariota and racing 24 yards for a touchdown to make it 23-14.
Then came the big run from Murray, who raced 75 yards to his left and then downfield for a touchdown to make it 30-14 with 1:34 left in the third quarter.
“Great blocking, and when I got the edge I wanted to use a little speed and make it happen,” Murray said. “It was a collective effort by the entire team.”After a touchdown pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to tight end Luke Willson trimmed the lead to 30-20, Titans kicker Ryan Succop made his fourth field goal of the lead to give the Titans a 33-20 lead in the fourth quarter. A touchdown pass from Wilson to Paul Richardson made it 33-27 with 1:50 left.
Walker recovered the ensuing onside kick, and the Titans ran out the clock.
The two teams exchanged punches in the first half.
The Titans took a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Succop, which capped off an 11-play, 61-yard drive. Receiver Eric Decker’s 17-yard catch on third-and-15 kept the drive alive, but a pair of penalties on Decker caused the drive to stall near the goalline.
Decker was called for holding on what would have been a 14-yard touchdown run by Mariota.
The Titans stretched the lead to 6-0 on another Succop field goal, this one from 37 yards. On the drive, a scrum erupted on the Tians sideline after Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman hit Mariota late and out of bounds, which resulted in several players being penalized.The Seahawks took the lead late in the first half, scoring on a four-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to receiver Doug Baldwin to take a 7-6 lead.
But the Titans quickly drove down the field, and Succop made his third field goal of the game, from 47 yards, to give the Titans a 9-7 lead on the final play of the half.
An 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Adoree’ Jackson was called back because of an illegal block by running back David Fluellen.
The Titans travel to Houston next Sunday to face the Texans.
“It’s huge,” Mariota said of the win, “but it’s one game. It’s good momentum, but we’ve got to turn our attention to Houston. But that’s part of it. This is our process, this is the step that we need to make and I’m glad we were able to do it.”