The Titans picked up win number one on the season, coming back from the dead to beat the Detroit Lions.
Tennessee got moving quickly on offense to start the day, manufacturing two straight drives that got into field goal range. Succop was able to knock his second through after missing the first.
Detroit answered with a score of their own -- a safety. It was a blown blocking assignment by both Chance Warmack and Jack Conklin. The Lions then backed up that score with a touchdown to Anquan Boldin.
After two more Detroit field goals, the Tennessee offense finally woke up. A strike from Marcus Mariota to Delanie Walker put the Titans in business once again, now just down 15-10.
A quick defensive stand gave the Titans a shot at the lead, but the Titans were unable to muster anything. Robiskie went almost exclusively with the pass, but Mariota was unable to push the ball down the field.
But they would get one more shot.
The Titans put the ball in Marcus Mariota's hands. This is what he was drafted to do. He hit Sharpe, Murray and Supernaw over the middle of the field and had the Titans in position to strike.
Mariota finished the drive with a jumpball to Andre Johnson, who made a heck of a grab in the endzone. Tennessee led at this point, 16-15.
Stafford would get one final chance. After taking a sack, Stafford hit Ebron for a huge third down conversion. But then Perrish Cox, who played a truly terrible game of football, sealed the game with a pick for the Titans.
The offense was rough today overall. Marcus Mariota looked shaky at best, never getting into rhythm. The ground game was able to produce one big chunk of yardage -- a 67 yard run by DeMarco Murray. Beyond that, the rushing attack was a real struggle. Finally in the fourth quarter, Mariota woke up. He was a different guy in the final quarter.
The defense actually played well. They shut down the Lion's rushing attack after Ameer Abdullah exited early with an injury. The one weak link proved to be Perrish Cox, who was absolutely shredded time and time again by Marvin Jones. Ironically, he ended up winning the game in the end.
With that, the Titans improve to 1-1 on the season. It was a nice comeback that can hopefully get them back on track. It was a big step for Marcus Mariota, who had come under fire after his performance in week one. He proved to be mentally tough, driving the Titans to the win when it counted.
Tennessee returns home next week, to face the Oakland Raiders.