Ryne Tannehill leads Titans past Chargers in OT
The Tennessee Titans ended their eight-game losing streak with a 27-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime. Ryan Tannehill passed for 246 yards and a touchdown, while Derek Henry gained 79 yards on the ground. The Titans' defense held the Chargers to just 61 rushing yards.
In a thrilling matchup, the Tennessee Titans emerged victorious with a 27-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, putting an end to their eight-game losing streak dating back to last season. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill showcased his skills, passing for 246 yards and a touchdown, while kicker Nick Folk sealed the deal with a 41-yard field goal in overtime.
The Titans' offense found its rhythm after a lackluster performance in their previous game against the New Orleans Saints. Running back Derek Henry played a crucial role, gaining 79 yards out of the team's total of 140 rushing yards.
With just 2:22 remaining in regulation, Tannehill orchestrated an impressive seven-play, 82-yard drive, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. This gave the Titans a 24-21 lead, but the Chargers managed to send the game into overtime with Cameron Dicker's 33-yard field goal as time expired.
The Tennessee defense stepped up in overtime, holding the Chargers to a three-and-out. They then marched down the field, covering 37 yards in eight plays to position themselves for Folk's game-winning field goal.
Chargers' quarterback Justin Herbert had a solid performance, completing 27 of his 41 passes for 305 yards. He connected with wide receiver Keenan Allen for two touchdown passes, with Allen finishing the game with eight receptions for 111 yards. Mike Williams also had an impressive showing, contributing eight catches for 83 yards.
However, the Chargers struggled on the ground without running back Austin Ekeler, managing just 61 rushing yards on 21 carries. The Los Angeles defense put pressure on Tannehill, recording five sacks, with two coming from Joey Bosa.
The Chargers initially seemed in control, taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with Dicker's 27-yard field goal. They extended their lead in the second quarter when Herbert found Allen for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Herbert then surprised everyone by connecting with offensive tackle Trey Pipkins III for a 2-point conversion, giving the Chargers an 11-0 advantage.
The Titans quickly responded, with Tannehill connecting with Treylon Burks on a 70-yard pass to set up Henry's 1-yard touchdown run, narrowing the deficit to 11-7.
Both teams exchanged field goals, and the Chargers held a 14-10 lead at halftime.
The Titans seized their first lead of the game in the opening drive of the second half. They marched 75 yards in nine plays, and Tannehill scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown on an option play, putting the Titans ahead 17-14.
However, the Chargers fought back and regained the lead, 21-17, early in the fourth quarter. Herbert and Allen connected once again, this time for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
In the end, it was the Titans who prevailed, breaking their losing streak and securing a hard-fought victory. The game showcased the resilience and determination of both teams, making it a thrilling contest for football fans.