Titans hold on to down Ravens, 23-20

Titans hold on to down Ravens, 23-20

At times it wasn’t pretty, but the Tennessee Titans did enough to hold off the Baltimore Ravens, winning 23-20 Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
The victory is the Titans third in a row and keeps them tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars atop the AFC South.
The game was not particularly aesthetically pleasing, but nevertheless the Titans will take it.
“They don’t put asterisks by anything. I think a W is a W and an L is an L, and we got a W and that’s all that matters,” left tackle Taylor Lewan said.
The offense struggled at times, failing to even get a first down in the third quarter, but managed to put together a game-winning drive after the Ravens had closed to within 16-13 on a Joe Flacco TD pass with 8:56 to play. That touchdown drive came after Marcus Mariota’s pass sailed past intended receiver Rishard Matthews and into the hands of Eric Weddle for an interception.
Tennessee responded with a nine-play 75-yard march, capped by Mariota’s 11-yard touchdown throw to Eric Decker.
“Enough is enough. That’s what we kept saying,” tight end Delanie Walker said of the mentality in the huddle after the Ravens had scored. “Let’s convert these third downs and let’s put points on the board. We made a couple of good plays and got down the field.”
That score pushed the lead back to 23-13, and even after the Ravens scored with 46 seconds to go on Flacco’s second touchdown pass, the Titans still hung on, as Daren Bates recovered the onside kick.
Mariota and the offense weren’t spectacular, as he completed 19 of 28 for 218 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. It helped make up for a running game that sputtered with only 71 yards on the ground.
“It wasn’t the prettiest, but a win is a win,” running back DeMarco Murray said.
The Titans got a 48-yard field goal from Ryan Succop on the opening drive of the game to go up 3-0.
Baltimore answered with a tying field goal from Justin Tucker, before the Titans went ahead to stay on Marcus Mariota’s touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews from 16-yards out to go up 10-3.
After the Ravens cut the lead to 10-6, the Titans picked up another touchdown on Derrick Henry’s 1-yard run. The point after was no good, leaving the score 16-6 at the half.

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