Tennessee Titans beat Super Bowl champs in overtime thriller

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 26 – Philadelphia Eagles 23 (OT)

The Titans had a game with touchdowns!!! After last week’s field goal fest against the Jaguars, touchdowns are the best thing ever.  

Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed two touchdown passes and also ran for a two-yard touchdown. His TD was the first Tennessee touchdown in two weeks. The game-winning pass to wide receiver Corey Davis in overtime was a heart stopper.  And all this happened with Mariota still working his way back from an elbow injury.

The week leading up to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles was rather strange in that veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews asked for the Titans to release him, which they did. Matthews had signed an extension during pre-season and it was unexpected that he would want to leave. Matthews did tell A-Z Sports that he was unhappy with the number of plays he was getting.

The Tennessee Titans will have to rely on their young wide receivers Tajae Sharpe, Corey Davis, and Taywan Taylor going forward. Judging from this week’s game, the team is going to be fine. Corey Davis finally had his breakout game and his first regular-season touchdown.  He was hampered in his rookie year by a lingering hamstring injury.

The game wasn’t all fun for the Titans.  There were many dropped passes.  Most notably by tight end Jonnu Smith (injured TE Delanie Walker is missed very much) and wide receiver Darius Jennings, who dropped a 50-yard pass in overtime.

The Titans couldn’t stop Eagles tight end Zach Ertz for the entire first half of the game. Mariota did throw one interception before the end of the first half.  It was meant for Corey Davis but came up a little short. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard was injured (shoulder) at the start of the game, and rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans took his place.  At halftime, the score was Eagles 10, Titans 3. Many fans were reassuring themselves that “They can still win this thing”.

The Eagles were able to extend their lead in the third quarter to 17-3 in the third quarter, but the Titans’ QB never got stressed.  He got focused and he got busy. He ran in for one touchdown in the third quarter and he also threw a touchdown pass to Sharpe in the fourth quarter.

The Titans trailed again 23-20 after the Eagles kicked a field goal first in overtime.  Originally the Titans had the field goal team out on the field to try to tie the game up, but head coach Mike Vrabel decided to go for it and sent the offense back onto the field with 1:17 remaining. 

Titan Nation truly appreciates the coaching staff for believing in their team and giving Mariota and “the boys” the go-ahead to get that thrilling win. Corey Davis made a huge jump and got the winning touchdown.  He got some respect in the league and finally showed the fans that he capable of becoming a world class player.

While most of the football glory usually shines on quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, I would like to mention that the Titans defense has been killer this year. Rookie outside linebacker Harold Landry III had a great game against the Eagles and got his first NFL sack, where he stripped the ball from QB Carson Wentz. Landry is exciting to watch and needs to be recognized.

Linebacker Jayon Brown also played great with ten tackles, two quarterback hits, and one sack.  Rookie LB Sharif Finch had his first sack this game, and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (who became a father for the first time two days before Sunday’s game) also had a sack.

The Titans will travel north next Sunday to face the Buffalo Bills (1-3) in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills lost their last game to the Green Bay Packers, but the previous week they absolutely owned the Minnesota Vikings with a stunning win of  27-6.

Also notable this last week was that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was at the game with Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk hosting an event for the NFL draft committee host members. Planning is underway to host the 2019 draft in Nashville; there will be plenty more to report on the upcoming draft throughout this season.

 

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