The Tennessee Titans offense had been sluggish for most of the night, settling for five Ryan Succop field goals before finally getting into the end zone with a 15-play drive to take the lead.
But the real back breaker – the Goodwill Good Play of the Game – came on the next offensive series for Tennessee.
The Titans had been mostly dink and dunk in the passing game all night, but then Marcus Mariota, sore hamstring and all, went up top and found rookie receiver Taywan Taylor for a 53-yard touchdown pass that gave Tennessee the lead for good.
“It was a great play call by the coaches. I think he called it at the right time. We had the look we wanted on defense, so everybody did their job executing and I just tried to do a great job of finishing up the play and making the catch,” Taylor said of his TD catch.
Mariota agreed with the play call as well, and credited Taylor with doing his job on the receiving end.
“You know, I thought it was a great call,” Mariota said. “We ended up getting a look that we had wanted in practice and Taywan just did the rest. A guy that is that electric, that fast and can do those types of things, he is a huge weapon for you.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said that tight end Delanie Walker was actually the first read on the play that ended up going to Taylor.
“The play was designed to go to Delanie, and fortunately all four of their guys covered Delanie and left Taywan kind of – they just jumped Delanie (Walker) on his out route, and left Taywan open on the deep one. That kind of tells you what people feel about Delanie,” Mularkey said.