Marcus Mariota, Andre Johnson lead Titans’ comeback in Detroit


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.