Titans hold off Chargers' rally

Posted 10/21/19

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans came up with an amazing goal-line stand stopping the Los Angeles Chargers.Not once, twice but thrice.

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Titans hold off Chargers' rally

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans came up with an amazing goal-line stand stopping the Los Angeles Chargers.
 
Not once, twice but thrice.
 
Each time, they needed the replay official to overturn the call on the field turning what the Chargers thought were a pair of go-ahead touchdowns and a final ruling that gave the ball — and the game — to the Titans.
 
Jurrell Casey recovered a fumble by Melvin Gordon at the goal line with 15 seconds left, and Tennessee pulled out a 23-20 victory Sunday over the Chargers after a frantic final minute.
 
Gordon initially was ruled down shy of the goal line at the 1. Casey came out of the pile with the ball, and the Titans started celebrating. The play was reviewed and overturned the on-field ruling that Gordon was short of the goal line.
 
The call was a fumble forced by Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard that was recovered by Casey for a touchback. Ryan Tannehill knelt down to run out the clock as the Titans (3-4) snapped a two-game skid.
 
"Once I felt the ball come out, I'm like 'I got to recover it. I got to recover it,'" Casey said. "And shoot. Sure enough the ball sat in my hands. Kind of popped out for a quick second, and I thought I was about to lose it. Kind of panicked for a moment. If I let them recover it, that's a TD."
 
The Chargers thought they had scored the go-ahead touchdown not once but twice in the final 44 seconds only to lose both on review by the replay official. That official also overturned Gordon being stopped on the Chargers' final play.
 
"You don't get 1 yard, you don't deserve to win the damn game, and that's the way it is," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "We had 1 yard to win this game, and we let it slip out of our hands."
 
First, Philip Rivers' pass that Austin Ekeler took 16 yards was ruled a touchdown only to be reversed by the replay official for not breaking the plane as he was tackled by Kenny Vaccaro and Logan Ryan at the 1. After a false start, Malcolm Butler then was flagged for defensive pass interference on Mike Williams in the end zone.
 
Then Gordon went over right tackle with 34 seconds left for what officials ruled a 1-yard TD, and the replay official then reversed the call for the second time in what became a run for no gain. That set up Gordon's final run with 19 seconds left.
 
"They obviously saw enough to overturn it," Rivers said. "I just didn't."
 
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said there has to be obvious visual evidence the ball had come out and a clear recovery.
 
"By the grace of God, we had both of those in that play for it to be able to be overturned," Vrabel said.
 
Tannehill threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since the Titans benched Marcus Mariota looking for a spark on offense. Tannehill came through as the Titans not only won their first game at home this season but posted a season-high 403 yards. He was 23 of 29 to outduel Rivers on a day the 16-year veteran moved to sixth in career passing yards.
 
The Chargers (2-5) have lost three straight and five of their past six.
 
Rivers and the Chargers thought they had pulled off an amazing comeback after trailing 23-13 with 6:39 left. Rivers threw a 41-yard TD pass to Ekeler with 5:09 left.
 
The Chargers stopped Tannehill short on fourth-and-inches near midfield, and Rivers put the Chargers ahead with a 16-yard TD pass to Ekeler inside the final minute. But Ekeler was ruled down short of the goal line to set up an astounding final minute of the game.
 
"On the field, we won it twice," Chargers tight end Hunter Henry said.
 
Jeffery Simmons, the No. 19 pick overall in the April draft, also made his NFL debut with a sack and a tackle for loss.
 
Tannehill threw an 8-yard TD pass to Corey Davis just before halftime, and he hit Tajae Sharpe on a 5-yard TD pass with 13:11 left. Derrick Henry put Tennessee up 23-13 with 6:39 left with an 11-yard TD run.
 
The Titans held the Chargers to a pair of field goals by rookie Chase McLaughlin in the first half.
 
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
 
Rivers passed a pair of fellow 2004 draft picks in career passing yards during the second quarter. Rivers needed only 105 yards to pass Eli Manning (56,537) and Ben Roethlisberger (56,545), and he had 77 yards by the end of the first quarter and 158 by halftime to keep climbing that list. He finished throwing for 329 yards and two TDs.
 
INJURIES
 
The Chargers already were banged up on the offensive line with center Mike Pouncey out for the season and left tackle Russell Okung trying to work his way back from the non-football injury list with blood clots. Then left guard Forrest Lamp hurt an ankle midway through the second quarter and was carted from the sideline to the locker room. Dan Feeney moved from center to guard, and Scott Quessenberry came in at center.
 
The Titans lost right tackle Jack Conklin early to an injured right thigh early, and Dennis Kelly replaced him. Jamil Douglas started the third quarter at right guard with rookie Nate Davis hurting a rib. Linebacker Rashaan Evans left late in the first half only to return for the second half. Cornerback Adoree Jackson hurt a foot in the third quarter.
 
UP NEXT
 
Chargers: Continue their two-game road swing at Chicago on Sunday.
 
Titans: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.
 
PACKERS 42, RAIDERS 24
 
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers had his best game by far under new Packers coach Matt LaFleur, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns and running for another as Green Bay beat the Oakland Raiders 42-24 on Sunday.
 
Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes to eight different targets and finished with the first perfect passer rating of his career, leading LaFleur's offense to a season high in points.
 
Even with top target Davante Adams sidelined for the third straight game with turf toe, Rodgers threw for his most touchdowns in a game since Sept. 28, 2015, against the Chiefs.
 
Derek Carr finished 22 for 28 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and two costly turnovers for the Raiders (3-3), who lost their eighth straight against Green Bay, going back to 1990. The Packers (6-1) have scored 30-plus points in each of their last five games against the Raiders.
 
Green Bay took the lead for good on a 2-yard touchdown from Rodgers to Jamal Williams with 3:27 to go in the first half. The score capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive that took up 8:06 — the Packers' longest drive of the season — and made it 14-10.
 
COWBOYS 37, EAGLES 10
 
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran over safety Malcolm Jenkins on his way to 111 yards and a touchdown, Dak Prescott threw an easy scoring pass on a great fake to his star running back before a TD run and the Cowboys rolled past Philadelphia.
 
The Cowboys (4-3) won with the NFC East lead on the line while ending a three-game losing streak that followed their 3-0 start and clouded high expectations for the defending division champs.
 
Carson Wentz threw an interception and had two of Philadelphia's three lost fumbles. The Eagles (3-4) dropped their second straight game after a two-game winning streak that looked like it might get their season going.
 
Brett Maher finished the highest-scoring half against Doug Pederson since he became coach of the Eagles in 2016, kicking a 63-yarder on the final play before halftime for a 27-7 lead.
 
Maher, the only kicker in NFL history with multiple field goals of at least 62 yards, has three after kicking a 62-yarder last week against the New York Jets. His other from 62 was against the Eagles last season.
 
Prescott's 8-yard scoring run was the 21st of his career, breaking Roger Staubach's record of 20 rushing TDs by a quarterback.
 
SAINTS 36, BEARS 25
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and New Orleans improved to 5-0 without injured starter Drew Brees with a victory over Chicago.
 
The Saints (6-1) again showed why they still see themselves as Super Bowl contenders even though their star quarterback is out indefinitely because of a torn ligament in his right thumb.
 
Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes, Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 131 yards, and Latavius Murray ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Besides Brees, New Orleans had to get by without top running back Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) and top receiving tight end Jared Cook (ankle). Both players were ruled out Friday, but that didn't stop the NFC South leaders from taking down the Monsters of the Midway.
 
The Bears (3-3) lost their second straight, with Mitchell Trubisky struggling after missing a game because of a shoulder injury.
 
RAVENS 30, SEAHAWKS 16
 
SEATTLE (AP) — Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, made key throws when necessary and led the Ravens to an impressive win over Seattle.
 
Jackson was the best player on the field, outshining Seattle QB Russell Wilson on a day the Seahawks star finally made his first critical mistake of the season. Jackson was especially good in the second half, when he led Baltimore on a pair of crucial scoring drives.
 
Earl Thomas made his return to Seattle after nine seasons of playing for the Seahawks, but aside from some occasional barking at the sideline of his former team and running off the field twirling Wilson's jersey over his head after the victory, the former All-Pro safety ceded the spotlight to Jackson.
 
The second-year quarterback ran for an 8-yard touchdown late in the third quarter on fourth-and-2 to give the Ravens (5-2) the lead. On their next possession and backed up deep in their own end, Jackson made a series of highlight plays to drive Baltimore into scoring position for Justin Tucker's fourth field goal and a 10-point lead with 3:47 left.
 
Wilson was nearly flawless for the first six games but struggled to find open receivers against Baltimore's physical secondary. Seattle (5-2) was leading 10-6 and driving when Wilson made the mistake of double-clutching and trying to throw late into the flat. Marcus Peters, traded to Baltimore less than a week ago, made a quick break on the throw, stepped in front of Jaron Brown and outraced Wilson for his fifth career interception return touchdown, the most of any player since Peters entered the league in 2015.
 
COLTS 30, TEXANS 23
 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jacoby Brissett threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Indianapolis sealed a victory over Houston with Darius Leonard's late interception.
 
Indy (4-2) has won three straight in the series and took over the early season lead in the AFC South.
 
The loss snapped Houston's two-game winning streak.
 
Brissett was masterful most of the game. He was 26 of 39 with 326 yards, and in a game the Colts only produced 62 yards rushing, they needed Brissett to be at his best — and he was.
 
Brissett opened the scoring with an 11-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal on Indy's first series.
 
The Texans (4-3) answered with two field goals, the second coming after Deshaun Watson appeared to find DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown pass with Justin Houston draped around Watson's legs. But the officials ruled Watson was in the grasp, nullifying the subsequent throw.
 
Brissett, who set up the Texans' second score with a fumble deep in Colts territory, then threw a nifty 2-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton with 1:49 left in the half.
 
VIKINGS 42, LIONS 30
 
DETROIT (AP) — Kirk Cousins matched a career high with four touchdown passes, leading surging Minnesota over slumping Detroit.
 
The Vikings (5-2) have won three consecutive games in part because their quarterback is making plays to complement one of the NFL's top defenses.
 
Matthew Stafford also threw four touchdown passes, all to Marvin Jones, and became the fastest to reach 40,000 yards passing in NFL history. And Jones became the first Lions player in the Super Bowl era with four receiving TDs in a game.
 
The Lions (2-3-1) dropped their third straight game after a 2-0-1 start and they probably can't complain too much about officiating in their latest setback.
 
RAMS 37, FALCONS 10
 
ATLANTA (AP) — Jared Goff threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Los Angeles returned to the site of last season's Super Bowl loss to beat reeling Atlanta.
 
The Rams (4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak in the debut of cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
 
The Falcons (1-6) suffered their fifth straight loss and had quarterback Matt Ryan leave the game with an ankle injury. Ryan's right leg bent awkwardly as he was sacked by Aaron Donald and fumbled early in the fourth quarter.
 
Ryan limped off the field and was escorted to the medical tent on the sideline. He walked to the locker room, still favoring the ankle, with 7:36 remaining in the game.
 
Donald was credited with a sack, forced fumble and recovery on the play. It was the Rams' fifth sack of Ryan, matching the five sacks by Atlanta's defense this season — none in the past four games.
 
CARDINALS 27, GIANTS 21
 
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Chase Edmonds rushed for career highs of 126 yards and three touchdowns, overshadowing the return of Giants star running back Saquon Barkley in Arizona's victory over New York.
 
The game was billed as a matchup of rookie quarterbacks Kyler Murray of the Cardinals (3-3-1) and Daniel Jones of the Giants (2-5), and both gave glimpses why they were the first and sixth overall choices in the draft, respectively.
 
But, Edmonds stole the show, scoring on runs of 20, 20 and 22 yards. The Cardinals defense also got four sacks and a forced fumble from Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks had an interception and Patrick Peterson had a sack and forced fumble to seal the Cardinals' third straight win. It's the first time Arizona has won three consecutive games since 2015.
 
Murray finished 14 of 21 for 104 yards with no interceptions. Zane Gonzalez kicked field goals of 47 and 35 yards, the last coming after the forced fumble by Peterson, who was playing in his first game after a six-game suspension for using performance-enhancers.
 
The loss was the third straight for the Giants, who allowed Jones to be sacked a season-high eight times. Jones finished 22 of 35 for 223 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison. Eli Penny scored on a punted punt.
 
Barkley, who rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries, scored on a 7-yard run to get the Giants within 24-21 with 8:13 to go.
 
BILLS 31, DOLPHINS 21
 
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Tre'Davious White forced two second-half turnovers, Micah Hyde returned an onside kick for a touchdown, and Buffalo rallied from a five-point deficit for a victory over winless Miami.
 
The Bills, who began the day favored by 17 points, avoided what would have been a major upset against the patchwork Dolphins (0-6), who are in a major rebuilding mode.
 
Josh Allen led fourth-quarter touchdown drives following each of the Dolphins turnovers, and the Bills improved to 5-1 in matching their best start to a season in 11 years.
 
White's diving interception at the 2 of Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass on second-and-goal from the 12 led to Buffalo going ahead 17-14 on John Brown's 20-yard touchdown catch that capped a 12-play, 98-yard drive.
 
Two series later, White punched the ball out of the hands of rookie Preston Williams near the Miami 30, and the fumble was recovered by defensive end Jerry Hughes. Three plays later, Allen hit a wide-open Cole Beasley for a 3-yard touchdown.
 
JAGUARS 27, BENGALS 17
 
CINCINNATI (AP) — Gardner Minshew led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that put Jacksonville ahead to stay, and Yannick Ngakoue returned an interception 23 yards to clinch a victory over winless Cincinnati.
 
The Jaguars (3-4) managed only field goals by still-perfect Josh Lambo until their rookie quarterback and their depleted defense made game-turning plays at the end.
 
The win capped a week in which the Jaguars traded disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams for three draft picks. Their defense picked off Andy Dalton three times in the fourth quarter to put it away.
 
The wait goes on for first-year Bengals coach Zac Taylor, whose team fell to 0-7 for the first time in 11 years.
 
Minshew was solid a week after his so-so performance in a 13-6 loss to the Saints. The rookie completed 15 of 32 for 255 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole for a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Minshew also scrambled for 48 yards.
 
The Bengals were booed repeatedly during another inept performance.
 
49ERS 9, REDSKINS 0
 
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Robbie Gould made field goals from 28, 22 and 29 yards to provide the only points in an ugly win by San Francisco over Washington in steady rain and driving wind to remain undefeated.
 
It wasn't pretty, but San Francisco is 6-0 for the third time in franchise history, and first since 1990. That 49ers team finished 14-2.
 
Coach Kyle Shanahan's bunch didn't look like an unbeaten powerhouse in horrific conditions that made life difficult on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the entire offense. Garoppolo bounced back from a dreadful first half to finish 12 of 21 for 151 yards passing.
 
San Francisco's defense continued its dominant run after holding the Los Angeles Rams to seven points last week and the Cleveland Browns to three before that. It's the Niners' first shutout since Week 1 of the 2016 season.
 
The weather seemed a perfect fit for interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan's run-first, run-second and run-third mentality. Washington (1-6) started the game with 10 rushing plays and Adrian Peterson ran for 81 yards on 20 carries, but they were shut out for the first time this season.
 
National Football League
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
WLTPctPFPA
New England6001.00019048
Buffalo510.83312191
N.Y. Jets140.20063123
Miami060.00063211
South
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Indianapolis420.667143138
Houston430.571185164
Jacksonville340.429144148
Tennessee340.429121112
North
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Baltimore520.714214156
Cleveland240.333120154
Pittsburgh240.333123131
Cincinnati070.000114186
West
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Kansas City520.714202150
Oakland330.500127165
Denver250.286112136
L.A. Chargers250.286140141
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
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Dallas430.571190124
Philadelphia340.429171186
N.Y. Giants250.286132187
Washington160.14390176
South
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New Orleans610.857164147
Carolina420.667166133
Tampa Bay240.333173185
Atlanta160.143145223
North
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Green Bay610.857184139
Minnesota520.714192123
Chicago330.500112105
Detroit231.417149160
West
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San Francisco6001.00015664
Seattle520.714181176
L.A. Rams430.571190164
Arizona331.500161192
 
___
Thursday's Games
 
Kansas City 30, Denver 6
Sunday's Games
 
San Francisco 9, Washington 0
 
Green Bay 42, Oakland 24
 
Buffalo 31, Miami 21
 
Arizona 27, N.Y. Giants 21
 
L.A. Rams 37, Atlanta 10
 
Indianapolis 30, Houston 23
 
Minnesota 42, Detroit 30
 
Jacksonville 27, Cincinnati 17
 
Tennessee 23, L.A. Chargers 20
 
Baltimore 30, Seattle 16
 
New Orleans 36, Chicago 25
 
Dallas 37, Philadelphia 10
 
Open: Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Carolina, Pittsburgh
Monday's Games
 
New England at N.Y. Jets, 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
 
Washington at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27
 
Arizona at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
 
Tampa Bay at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
 
N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 1 p.m.
 
Cincinnati vs L.A. Rams at London, UK, 1 p.m.
 
Denver at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
 
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
 
N.Y. Jets at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
 
Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
 
L.A. Chargers at Chicago, 1 p.m.
 
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
 
Oakland at Houston, 4:25 p.m.
 
Cleveland at New England, 4:25 p.m.
 
Green Bay at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m.
 
Open: Dallas, Baltimore
 
Monday, Oct. 28
 
Miami at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m.

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