#Titans win, 27-24, on a 41-yard Nick Folk FG in overtime. Big bounce-back from the miserable start in New Orleans.
Ryan Tannehill went from a Week One passer rating of 28.2 to a 123.3.
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The losing streak is over in Nashville.
A new streak – a winning one – is now on the horizon for the Titans.
Getting a victory is very exciting, Titans running back Derrick Henry said. “Guys played hard, they fought hard, and we earned that victory today.”
To get it, the Titans had to work overtime.
After kicker Nick Folk’s 41-yard field goal in overtime, the Titans defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 at Nissan Stadium on Sunday.
By winning, the Titans improved to 1-1 and snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season.
“These games are tight every week,” Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said. “You just have to keep fighting.”
It’s important (to win). It’s important to start off well. Tight games at home. We needed it. We all needed it.”
With a 123.3 rating, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 20-of-24 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown on a 12-yard option keeper.
Tannehill also directed an eight-play, 38-yard drive in overtime that put Folk in position to kick the game-winner.
In last week’s opener in New Orleans, Tannehill threw three interceptions.
I was excited to be able to play well after last week. We were able to pull out the win at the end.
The Titans got stops when they needed them in the contest, as Henry ran for 80 yards and a touchdown.
This one went into overtime with some anxious moments.
In overtime, the Titans forced a three-and-out after the Chargers got the ball first.
The game-winning drive, the game-winning kick, and the celebration followed.
“It feels great to be back on top,” defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons said. “We needed it.”
With 2:22 left in the fourth quarter, a four-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine capped off a seven-play, 82-yard drive that gave the Titans a 24-21 lead. Tannehill launched the drive with a 49-yard pass to Chris Moore.
A 33-yard field goal by Titans kicker Cameron Dicker tied the game at 24-24, forcing overtime. A sack by Titans linebacker Harold Landry, however, ended any hope the Chargers had of winning.
Landry said he was relieved when he got the sack, but it felt awesome, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Tennessee struggled early on.
In the first quarter, the Titans fell behind 3-0 after a failed fourth down try put the Chargers in good field position, and Cameron Dicker made his 27-yard field goal.
On a fourth and four play midway through the second quarter, quarterback Justin Herbert connected with Keenan Allen for an eight-yard touchdown pass.
Two plays later, Henry scored on a one-yard touchdown run to make it 11-7 with 7:09 left in the second quarter with a 70-yard pass from Tannehill to Burks.
Dicker’s 30-yard field goal made it 14-7 for the Chargers.
Folk’s 33-yard field goal at halftime cut the Titans’ lead to 14-10.
Tannehill scored on an option keeper in the third quarter to give the Titans a 17-14 lead, capping a nine-play, 75-yard drive that included big completions to DeAndre Hopkins and Chig Okonkwo.
The Chargers retook the lead with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to Allen with 14:38 remaining in the game.
After that, it was a fight to the finish.
Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair said: “Obviously you want to win every single game, but that’s one week at a time. This week we got the dub, and however you get it, it’s always big.”
It’s now time to enjoy it for 24 hours, learn from it, the good and the bad, and be ready for the next opponent.”
Next Sunday, the Titans will play the Browns in Cleveland.