The Titans had finally gotten a stop and the ball back down 31-28. Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and found Kalif Raymond breaking open over the middle, but a vicious head hunting hit from rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson knocked Raymond out cold on the field and the receiver fumbled the ball on the way down.
No flag against the Saints for hit to the head... ok.— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 22, 2019
He is unconscious on the field and we’re going to pretend nothing happened. pic.twitter.com/fSBP6iJFlU
The Saints picked up the ball and returned it deep into Titans territory and scored a few plays later.
This isn’t the only reason the Titans lost this game, but it’s a big one and it’s completely inexcusable for a league that claims to care about player safety and head injuries to let a play like this go without penalty. Instead of getting the ball deep in Saints territory down 3 with a chance to tie the game or take the lead, Tennessee was left to defend a short field — again — and ultimately failed.
It's a good thing the Titans didn’t need this game to control their own destiny, but it’s infuriating to see stuff like this happen and completely swing the result of a close game. Do better, NFL.