Titans Grind Out Win Over Packers

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) scores a touchdown against Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker (7) during their football game Thursday, Nov. 17, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. DAN POWERS / USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN

Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans traveled to the Frozen Tundra in an effort to elongate their division lead. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers went in looking to build off of their upset win against the Cowboys. All they found was a snap back to reality as the Titans beat the Packers 27-17.

Quarter 1

After a penalty on the opening kickoff, Tennessee started at their own 17. Looking like they could go three and out, Ryan Tannehill found rookie Treylon Burks over the middle on 3rd and 7 for 43 yards. A few plays later, Tannehill hit paydirt with a short pass to backup running back Dontrell Hilliard for a 14-yard score.

Green Bay responded with a holding penalty of their own on the ensuing kickoff and promptly went three and out. On a 3rd and 6, Rodgers missed Robert Tonyan on a drag route that would’ve made it close. Luckily for them, the defense held up their second time on the field thanks to a Preston Smith and Quay Walker combined sack.

With Rodgers back out on the field, the team was able to muster a long drive together. Led by Aaron Jones and a 24-yard Randall Cobb catch, they found themselves in the red zone. In vintage Rodgers fashion, he caught the Titans with 12 men on the field. And in vintage Rodgers fashion, he turned it into a score with a pass to Christian Watson. The ensuing extra point was blocked, making the game 7-6 Titans.

Quarter 2

The Titans took the ball and ground out an even longer drive than Green Bay. They ran 18 plays for 61 yards and chewed off more than ten minutes of the clock. All to get stuffed at the 6-yard line on a 4th and 1. It was an impressive drive ended by an impressive stop from Packers rookie MLB Quay Walker.

Green Bay got the ball back and promptly followed through with another three and out. It nearly ended with safety after intentional grounding was called but Rodgers managed to throw it away outside the endzone. The Titans started in Green Bay territory and once again went back to their game plan. Hand the ball to Derrick Henry, and dink and dunk when needed. It resulted in a Henry 4-yard score to basically end the half 14-6.

Quarter 3

Green Bay took the field and once again took a methodical approach. They pushed down the field running a lot with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The drive resulted in a field goal after Green Bay failed to catch them with 12 men on the field.

After getting the ball, the Titans had a bit of a change of pace starting with a deep pass to Chigoziem Okonkwo for 31. After Derrick Henry took a screen for 49 yards, he then threw a touchdown to tight end, Austin Hooper.

Finding themselves down 20-9, Rodgers pulled out a little magic with two long passes to Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard. Their drive ended with another score to Watson, his fifth in as many games. Aaron Jones capped off the drive with a 2-pt conversion on a sweep. 20-17 Titans. The Titans once again responded quickly with the aid of a 32-yd pass to Robert Woods.

Quarter 4

Not long after, a pass from Tannehill to Hooper for six put the Titans up two scores at 27-17.

Following yet another three-play drive from the Packers, the Titans looked to put the game away. Unfortunately for them, Rasul Douglas had other plans and managed to pick Tannehill off on an ill-advised throw.

It was all for naught though, as the rest of the game was composed of both offenses struggling.

Despite an interception, Tannehill was in large part in successful control of the offense. Throwing an efficient 22/27 for 333 yards and two scores, he and rookie receiver Treylon Burks (7 rec, 111 yds) largely carried the offense. Derrick Henry and Austin Hooper also deserve credit as they shined in the redzone, even connecting on a passing touchdown. The Packers defense had no answers for until the fourth quarter but drops and missed passes plagued their offense resulting in their ultimate demise. And on offense, the lone bright spot was a couple of scores from Christian Watson. Other than that, Titans smothered the Packers offense.

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