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Week 19 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 28, Baltimore Ravens 12

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Tennessee Titans

A strong defensive showing along with another dominant performance from Derrick Henry helped lead the Titans to one of the biggest playoff upsets in recent history as they blew out the Ravens to pave their way to an AFC title game. Henry finished with 195 rushing yards from 30 carries, and while he didnít find the end zone himself, he did pass for a touchdown to Corey Davis. Ryan Tannehill accounted for the other three touchdowns, two passing to Jonnu Smith and Kalif Raymond and one rushing it in himself. The Titans offensive line continues to look sharp while Derrick Henry is putting this offense on his shoulders, now rushing for over 180 yards in three straight games.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens and Lamar Jackson turned the ball over 6 times against the Titans including two turnovers on downs on 4th and 1. Lamar Jackson played well but had a pair of costly turnovers. Jackson made some huge plays with his legs and made some great throws but failures to convert in the red zone and on 4th down kept the Ravens from scoring points. The Ravens were not at all committed to running the football despite finding success when they did. Gus Edwards saw only 2 carries after gaining 19 yards on his first attempt. Mark Ingram was clearly not healthy, Mark Andrews was also playing at less than one hundred percent and lacked his usual explosiveness. Marquise Brown and Hayden Hurst were the two standouts among skill position players. Brown played one his best games of the season including a spectacular one handed catch. Hurst stepped up late in the game and made a nice touchdown catch.

Tennessee Titans

QB Ryan Tannehill, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 7 - 14 - 88 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 13 - 1
Ryan Tannehill had another great game with the luxury of a strong backfield to lean on, attempting just 14 passes while completing only seven of them for a highly efficient 88 yards and two touchdowns. The first drive was relatively uneventful for Tannehill aside from him making a nice throw on the run to tight end Mycole Pruitt for a 15-yard gain. On the second drive, Tannehill had a timely scramble for three yards to convert on 3rd-and-2. Two plays later, however, he took an ugly sack for eight yards to bring up a long third-and-goal. Tannehill came up big on third down though, making a nice throw to the left corner as Jonnu Smith helped out with a highlight-reel catch for the 12-yard touchdown. Tannehillís next throw on the following drive would be his best of the game. It was a one-play drive as Tannehill found Kalif Raymond with a 51-yard deep ball for his second passing touchdown of the game. The Ravens were fooled with the play action, and Raymond was wide open for Tannehillís perfectly-thrown deep ball for an easy score. Tannehill completed just two more short passes before halftime and completed just one pass in the second half as the Titans were in run-first mode. Tannehill had a few scrambles himself, including a three-yard touchdown run to put the Titans up by three touchdowns and solidify the big win.

RB Derrick Henry, 45 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 3 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 30 - 195 - 0, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (2 targets)
Derrick Henry continues to amaze as he finished with yet another mammoth performance on the ground, rushing 30 times for 195 yards. Henry first broke off a few chunk gains of nine and seven yards on the second drive of the game as he touched the ball on five of eight plays on what would end up being a touchdown-scoring drive. Once the Titans went up by two scores to start the second quarter, the game script was ripe for Henry to really get going. He busted his first long run on the last drive before halftime, sparked by first showing great patience to wait for a hole to open up at the line of scrimmage. Henry made a nice cut, broke a tackle five-yards downfield, and proceeded to stiff-arm his way to a 27-yard gain. Coming out after halftime, Henry proceeded to account for all 81 yards of the opening drive for Tennessee as he capped it off with, of all things, a passing touchdown to Corey Davis. Henry took the snap from three-yards out, scrambled around, and made a jump pass to Davis to cap off a drive on which he also broke off his longest run of the game. The big run of 66 yards came on a draw play that was going nowhere, but Henry somehow stayed upright at the line of scrimmage and had no defenders left in front of him as he sprinted to the big gain, finally being caught 66-yards downfield. For the rest of the game, Henry ground out tough gains while busting one more big run of 23-yards before the end of the third quarter.

WR A.J. Brown, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
A.J. Brown was relatively invisible as a receiver, seeing just three targets and hauling in only one reception for nine yards midway through the third quarter. It was a big play for the Titans though, as that catch converted a third down to help keep the clock moving. Brown also rushed once for nine yards on a jet sweep in the second quarter. Brown now has just two catches for 13 yards in the postseason.

WR Corey Davis, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 3 - 1 (2 targets)
Corey Davis was targeted only twice, catching one pass for three yards to avoid getting shut out from the score sheet for the second straight game. Lucky for Davis, his one catch was a touchdown on the unique jump pass from Derrick Henry coming on the opening drive of the second half.

WR Kalif Raymond, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 45 - 1 (1 targets)
Kalif Raymond had just one catch in this game, but it was a big one as he flashed his speed to get free for a 45-yard touchdown to kick off the second quarter. The Ravens bit on the play action while Raymond ran free past the secondary and showed great concentration to bring in the catch while falling backwards in the end zone, untouched by any Baltimore defender. This was his second long touchdown of the season.

TE Jonnu Smith, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 12 - 1 (3 targets)
Jonnu Smith had minimal involvement with just two catches for 12 yards, but he did score the first touchdown of the game with a highlight-reel one-handed catch in the left corner of the end zone from 12 yards out. It was a third-and-goal play, and Smith was very well covered on his route. He stayed focused on the ball though, and after getting one hand on it, Smith batted the ball back to himself, obtained control, and got two feet down while falling backwards out of the end zone.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 97 offensive snaps, Pass: 31 - 59 - 365 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 20 - 143 - 0
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens failed to play the brand of football they had played throughout their winning streak. The Ravens dropped numerous passes, struggled to execute offensively when it mattered most, and turned the ball over 6 times as a result. Jackson moved the Ravens into Titans territory on their opening possession but Jackson threw high targeting Mark Andrews and the pass went off his hands and was intercepted. The Ravens second possession ended abruptly after a failed quarterback sneak on 4th and 1. Jackson danced behind the line of scrimmage and tried to find a lane to run through on the play instead of just plowing straight ahead. Jackson set up a field goal attempt with a 30 yard completion to Marquise Brown and a tight window throw over the middle to Mark Andrews on 3rd down. Then on 3rd and 16 throwing out of his own end zone Jackson hit Seth Roberts down the seam for 26 yards. A few plays later Jackson dropped an absolute dime to Marquise Brown for a 38 yard gain. Jackson hit Brown perfectly in stride with a number of defenders in the area. The Ravens settled for a field goal after the long completion. Jackson and the Ravens moved deep into Titans territory and ran the same play again with the same result on 4th and 1 resulting in a turnover on downs for the second time. On the first play of their next possession Jackson showed poor pocket awareness trying to step up instead of escaping the pocket and was stripped from behind for the Ravens fourth turnover. After moving into Titans territory Jackson threw another interception this time failing to see Kenny Vaccaro underneath of Miles Boykin. Trailing by 21 in the 4th quarter Jackson led the Ravens down the field for their first touchdown. Jackson threw a strike down the seam to Hayden Hurst for a 15 yard touchdown. The Ravens moved the ball but failed to score on their final two possessions.

RB Mark Ingram, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 22 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Mark Ingram managed some production on limited touches but was clearly not healthy. Ingram left the game before halftime and was shown with a wrap on his injured calf and would return briefly in the second half.

RB Gus Edwards, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 20 - 0
Gus Edwards ran through a huge hole up the middle and broke into the open field for a 19 yard gain. Edwards showed good patience and awareness waiting for blocks downfield. Edwards saw only 2 carries after his big run. The Ravens favored using Jackson over Edwards in short yardage situations which was a highly questionable decision.

WR Marquise Brown, 83 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 126 - 0 (11 targets)
Marquise Brown looked the part of number one NFL wide receiver against the Titans. Brown made plays all over the field and played one of his best games of the season. Brown came wide open running a deep comeback route and picked up easy yards after the catch thanks to the soft coverage resulting in a 30 yard gain. Brown made a 16 yard catch working just beyond the underneath coverage. Brown made a spectacular one handed catch running down the seam from the slot for 38 yards. Brown made the catch with numerous defenders around him and made it look effortless. Brown picked up 9 yards running a crossing route on 3rd and 3. Brown gained 9 yards on an underneath catch along the sideline. Brown made a 17 yard catch running a deep in route.

WR Willie Snead, 81 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 56 - 0 (8 targets)
Willie Snead did most of his damage underneath working as a check down option for Jackson. Snead made his first catch running a curl over the middle for 6 yards. Snead dropped a potential 10 yard catch on 3rd and long that was thrown slightly behind him. Willie Snead found a hole in the Titans coverage downfield for a 26 yard gain.

TE Mark Andrews, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (7 targets)
Mark Andrews was clearly playing at less than one hundred percent against the Titans. Andrews did not seem to have his usual speed and ability to separate. Andrews looked stiff and was not able to pull away from defenders as he usually can. Andrews made his first catch running a corner route for 12 yards. Mark Andrews had his second target skip off his hands and the pass was intercepted by Kevin Byard. Andrews looked like he may have been favoring his injured ankle on the play. Andrews found a soft spot between three defenders on 3rd and 6 to make a 16 yard catch over the middle.

TE Hayden Hurst, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 53 - 1 (6 targets)
Hayden Hurst racked up 4 catches in quick succession late in the game. Hurst made a tough 8 yard catch over the middle. Hurst showed great hands and concentration securing a 15 yard touchdown over Kenny Vaccaro. Hurst had minimal separation on the play but still secured the pass. Hurst picked up 18 yards running a simple curl underneath with a nice move after the catch. Hurst picked up 12 running a quick out route underneath. Hurst also had a target down the seam bounce off his shoulder pad as the pass arrived before he turned around for it.