The Tennessee Titans beat the Green Bay Packers 27-17. The Packers fell to 4-7, while the Titans improved to 7-3.

The Titans were first on the scoreboard on an 83-yard drive that ended with Dontrell Hilliard’s touchdown reception to Ryan Tannehill. The Packers got their first score on a pass from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Watson. The extra point was blocked, leaving things at 7-6.

A Derek Henry rushing touchdown gave the Titans a 14-6 lead before halftime. Not only did Henry make an impact on the ground, but he also showed his quarterback ability, making a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper.

The Packers pulled within three thanks to another Watson touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. The Titans soon responded with Hooper’s second touchdown of the night, this time on a throw from Tannehill.

The Titans sealed the victory with a fourth-and-short defense that gave them the ball back with just over two minutes left in the game. They ran one play before the two-minute warning, a 51-yard touchdown pass to Traylon Burks that ended in a dramatic victory.

Tannehill has now won his last five starts, and the Titans have won seven of their last eight games.

Why did the Titans win?

The Titans dominated most of the game and never trailed once in the “Thursday Night Football” matchup. They won the polls in total first downs, total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, yards per game and time of possession. When you’re ranked high in multiple categories offensively, that means you’ll get the win, too.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a great game, going 22-27 for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He had one interception, but it wasn’t a game changer.

Derrick Henry was the other star of the game, totaling 87 yards on 28 carries with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown (more on that in the “Play of the Game” section). This creative offense threw the Packers defense.

Rookie Trelon Burks led the team with 111 yards receiving on seven carries, including a 51-yarder to seal the victory. Robert Woods was efficient through the air, gathering 69 yards on six receptions.

Why did the Packers lose?

The Packers were playing from behind and were never able to catch up to a Titans team that got better as the season went on. The Titans came out more comfortable and ready than the home team.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers went 24 of 39 for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but what was most puzzling and damaging were his missed wide-open receivers. The Titans don’t offer the toughest secondary to play in the league, but the Packers seem to Really Good at attacking. Rodgers’ longest pass was a 28-yard gain to Randall Cobb.

The defense couldn’t contain Tannehill and even when he got him out, the offense couldn’t capitalize on him.

turning point

The Titans’ second touchdown, a four-yard rush from Henry, extended their lead before the half and gave them momentum heading into the third quarter. The defense held the Packers to a field goal to open the second half. Three points is always a win when Rodgers takes the field.

The game of the game

Henry is an amazing running back, but he’s also a great quarterback. On second-and-goal, Henry gets the ball and seems to do what he can: punch it in the end zone. However, the offense had a way of playing up its sleeve. Henry threw the ball to Austin Hooper for a TD to extend the Titans’ lead. After the game, Henry thanked Hooper for the catch and said the game was a credit to head coach Mike Vrabel and the offensive line.

What’s next?

The Titans next week host the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 5-4 heading into the weekend. The Bengals hope to have wide receiver Ja Marr Chase back in Week 12 against Tennessee. Chase is sidelined with a hip injury.

The Pacers head to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly lost its first game of the season in Week 10 against the Washington Chiefs. This puts them at 8-1 heading into the weekend and in first place in the NFC, with an 8-1 playoff lead over the Minnesota Vikings.



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