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Marcus Mariota, Andre Johnson lead Titans’ comeback in Detroit

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) AP

A young quarterback and an old receiver teamed up to give the Titans their first win of the season.

In the final minutes of a game the Lions had controlled most of the way, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota found receiver Andre Johnson for a touchdown that gave the Titans a surprising 16-15 comeback win.

It was a sloppy, penalty-filled game that neither team should be particularly proud of, but the Titans can be pleased that Mariota was able to shake off a rough start and lead his team down the field for a game-winning drive. Mariota completed 25 of 33 passes for 238 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

Matthew Stafford got off to a solid start but appeared to lose some of his accuracy after taking a low hit that should have been flagged but wasn’t. The Lions had enough time to try a game-winning drive of their own after Johnson’s touchdown, but a Stafford interception ended the game.

The Titans and Lions are now both 1-1, and this game showed that both teams are mediocre, with some talent but some glaring holes on the roster. It’s unlikely that this game will be long remembered as both teams are likely to sink near the bottoms of their divisions. But Mariota may remember his game-winning drive, and Johnson may remember one more big touchdown in an impressive career.

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19 Responses to “Marcus Mariota, Andre Johnson lead Titans’ comeback in Detroit”
  1. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:22 PM

    How Andre Johnson caught that ball I’ll never know.

  2. dino2997 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:23 PM

    Stafford doing what he does best which is choking when the game is on the line.

  3. ocdn says: Sep 18, 2016 4:26 PM

    Count down to Caldwell’s departure……….

  4. manderson4150 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:26 PM

    Jim Caldwell’s Lions, enough said……but old lady Ford loves him…….Quinn will be fired in year three and St. Jim will still be the coach….SAME OLD LIONS!!!!!!!!

  5. titans109 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:28 PM

    They may of won but how I’m not sure. Coaching is absolutely terrible.

  6. buyamericanonly says: Sep 18, 2016 4:33 PM

    The problem is Caldwell, the human lampshade. Terrible coach and game planner. Nothing like not dressing enough linebackers.

  7. detroitfan1 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:36 PM

    **** the NFL!

  8. titansfan12 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:37 PM

    Mariota was clutch. Ended the game with 75.7% completion. That last drive was amazing

  9. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 18, 2016 4:45 PM

    Mariota was clutch indeed (like last year against the Saints), but the Titans’ playcalling was amateur hour most of that game.

  10. skawh says: Sep 18, 2016 4:48 PM

    So much for Johnson being “done.” Good for him and the Titans.

  11. jimmysee says: Sep 18, 2016 4:49 PM

    So was Calvin Johnson sitting home watching this one?

    And thinking, “glad I’m not there.”

  12. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:54 PM

    DeMarco also contributed.

  13. honalulublue says: Sep 18, 2016 4:58 PM

    Some of the worst officiating I’ve seen, against both sides. Yeah, I’m a little impartial, but that low hit non call on Stafford and the overturned TD on the dubious PI call on Ebron were possibly game changers. That said, both these teams suck.

  14. liontuss says: Sep 18, 2016 5:06 PM

    Martha should tell Quinn to instruct Caldwell to cut Tomlinson. And then he should fire Caldwell, and “things of that nature”.

  15. 4onafloor says: Sep 18, 2016 5:17 PM

    Honalulublue
    Some of the worst officiating I’ve seen, against both sides. Yeah, I’m a little impartial, but that low hit non call on Stafford and the overturned TD on the dubious PI call on Ebron were possibly game changers. That said, both these teams suck.”

    Yes, how about the non-call on the Stafford fumble during their last drive? That could have been a game-changer as well, if not for the game ending interception.

  16. musiccitymiracle2 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:34 PM

    Titans fan here. Glad we won. Over-active officiating made the game unwatchable unless your team was involved. Missed some both ways.

    As a Titans fan, Mullarkey reminds me of fourth grade on the day you have a substitute teacher.

    Titans wasted a TO in Q1 because they couldn’t get a play off.

    After a TO on 2nd and 2, Titans are confused about the play they would run.

    Near the end of the game, when Stafford clearly fumbled but the whistle timing was unclear, Mullarkey should have called TO so they NFL “might” consider reviewing the play.

    Offensive line is not very good either.

    All in all not a Mullarkey fan. Wish him the best.

  17. dreamurwonders says: Sep 18, 2016 5:59 PM

    If you consider that the titans held detroit to 20 odd points less than the Colts – how could you justify your statement about the teams being in the bottom? Detroit beat Indy.Tennessee beat Detroit ( CLEARLY a fumble by Stafford to Casey – Is the nfl like the nba and only calls when the team they want to win is about to lose?) … Titans are better than they showed, but it was a tough game. stop the hatorade already

  18. polegojim says: Sep 18, 2016 10:48 PM

    Same Lions SLOP of an offense.

    Same Lions Defense keeps it close.

    Same Lions penalty ridden, undisciplined play.

    Same Caldwell and Co. looking lost on the sidelines.

    Nothing has changed… at ALL.

    Enough is enough. Quinn, get a Clue, please.

  19. spartylegendhyzersmadcuzlionssobad says: Sep 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    Same old Lions, same old excuses. Always blaming the refs for a poor performance from a garbage team. Stafford once again cost them the game.

    LoLions!!!!

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