Nashville, TN – In Week 9 of the 2017 season, the Tennessee Titans hosted the Baltimore Ravens and won against the AFC North opponent by a score of 23-20.
Coming off of a Week 8 bye, Tennessee’s aim going forward was to improve on scoring in the first half of contests. On the Titans’ opening drive, the first offensive play was a 29-yard completion from QB Marcus Mariota to WR Rishard Matthews. Tennessee’s third play of the game saw CB Adoree’ Jackson enter on offense and take a carry for a 20-yard gain, but ultimately the Titans settled for a 48-yard field goal by K Ryan Succop to take an early 3-0 lead.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) signals from the line against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Nissan Stadium on November 5th, 2017. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
On Baltimore’s opening drive, the Titans’ defense forced the Ravens to go three-and out.
However, on fourth down Baltimore dialed up a trick play as Ravens P Sam Koch faked a punt and threw a 16-yard pass to Ravens WR Chris Moore for a first down.
The Tennessee defense, led by DT Jurrell Casey’s back-to-back tackles for loss, held Baltimore to a 30-yard field goal to tie the game, 3-3.
Also in the first quarter, S Kevin Byard picked off Ravens QB Joe Flacco for his first interception of the day. Mariota hit Matthews for a 16-yard touchdown reception on the ensuing drive as the Titans took a 10-3 lead.
Ravens K Justin Tucker tacked on another field goal in the second quarter to cut Tennessee’s lead to 10-6. On a Ravens punt in the second stanza, Baltimore was called for an illegal formation penalty.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
The Titans opted to replay the punt, and Koch botched the punt to give Tennessee possession at the Baltimore 26-yard line. The Titans capitalized as RB Derrick Henry rushed for a one-yard touchdown. However, Succop missed the extra point as Tennessee took a 16-6 lead to close out the first half.
Byard intercepted Flacco again in the third quarter to notch his second pick of the day and fifth in two games.
On the first play of the fourth quarter with Tennessee still up 16-6, Baltimore went for it on fourth down. LB Wesley Woodyard made the stop, halting Ravens RB Javorius Allen to give the Titans possession at their own 17-yard line.
However, Tennessee turned the ball back over as Mariota was quickly intercepted by Ravens S Eric Weddle. Baltimore capitalized on the turnover as Flacco completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Allen, cutting the Titans lead to 16-10. Tennessee responded on the following drive as Mariota led the Titans on a 75-yard touchdown drive culminating in an 11-yard touch down reception by WR Eric Decker. Decker’s score extended the fourth quarter lead to 23-13.
Mirroring the Titans, Flacco led the Ravens on a 75-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown pass to Ravens WR Mike Wallace. Ultimately, the Ravens couldn’t engineer a comeback as Tennessee won the contest by a final score of 23-20.
Titans 23, Ravens 20
Week 9 | Sunday, November 5th, 2017 | 12:00pm CT | Nissan Stadium
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TopicsAdoree' Jackson, AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Chris Moore, Derrick Henry, Eric Decker, Eric Weddle, Javorius Allen, Joe Flacco, Jurrell Casey, Justin Tucker, Kevin Byard, Marcus Mariota, Mike Wallace, Nashville TN, National Football League, NFL, Nissan Stadium, Rishard Matthews, Ryan Succop, Sam Kock, Tennessee Titans, Titans, Wesley Woodyard