Titans-Texans: The Last Meeting
Nashville, TN – In Week 13 of the 2017 season, the Tennessee Titans hosted the division rival Houston Texans and won by a score of 24-13. With the victory, Tennessee evened the season series at 1-1.
The Titans defense took the field first and forced Houston to go three-and-out on their opening possession. On the ensuing punt, CB Adoree’ Jackson returned the ball but lost control and fumbled it. Texans RB Jordan Todman recovered the fumble to give possession back to Houston at the Tennessee 41-yard line. The Texans capitalized on the turnover and kicked a 23-yard field goal to get on the board first, 3-0.
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) carries Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson (30) into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half at Nissan Stadium, December 3rd, 2017 (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
In the second quarter, Texans QB Tom Savage engineered a seven-play, 87-yard scoring drive which included a field-flipping 57-yard pass to Texans WR Braxton Miller. Savage connected with Texans TE Stephen Anderson for a four-yard touchdown as Houston extended their lead, 10-0.
On the following Titans possession, with help from a 24-yard scramble by RB Derrick Henry, QB Marcus Mariota led the offense on a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a nine-yard rushing touchdown by Mariota to put Tennessee on the board, 10-7. T
he Titans drove down the field again in the second quarter, and kicked a game-tying 43-yard field goal to knot the score 10-10 heading into halftime.
Tennessee took the lead for the first time in the third quarter, as Mariota constructed a 10-play, 80-yard drive that saw both TE Delanie Walker receive for and RB DeMarco Murray rush for a first down. On the final play of the scoring drive, Mariota connected with Walker for a 24-yard touchdown as the Titans went ahead of Houston, 17-10.
In the fourth quarter, the Texans drove their way down the field with less than five minutes to play, and Houston K Ka’imi Fairbairn cut Tennessee’s lead to 17-13 on a 42-yard field goal.
On the following possession, the Tennessee offense went three-and-out to give the ball back to Houston. The Texans marched into Titans’ territory, but Savage threw an interception to CB LeShaun Sims on a pass intended for Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, which helped protect the Titans’ lead.
Mariota and the Titans offense took the field with 1:08 remaining and quickly fed the ball to Henry, who sealed a Tennessee victory with a 75-yard touchdown run. The Titans won their eighth game of the season by a score of 24-13.
Titans 24, Texans 13
Week 13 | Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 | 12:00pm CT | Nissan Stadium