Titans hold on late to beat Broncos 13-10

AP

It looked like the Titans were going to run away with Sunday’s game against the Broncos for much of the first half, but things didn’t turn out that way.

A 13-0 lead was sliced to 13-10 in the fourth quarter and the Broncos were riding momentum as they tried to win the game in the final two minutes. Linebacker Avery Williamson made sure that the Titans wouldn’t let the win slip away, however.

Williamson stripped the ball from Broncos tight end A.J. Derby and safety Daimion Stafford recovered it to ensure the Titans would move to 7-6. That will leave them tied with the Texans, who held off the Colts and will face the Titans in Week 17.

If Tennessee is going to get to that game with a chance at winning the division, they’ll need better work from their passing game than they got on Sunday. Marcus Mariota was 5-of-13 in the first half, but the Titans were able to run the ball well enough to cover for the lack of a consistent threat through the air. Mariota then went just 1-of-5 in the second and the Titans run offense was slowed to a halt by a Denver defense that didn’t seem concerned about getting beaten by the quarterback.

Tennessee’s defense didn’t seem too worried by much of what the Broncos were doing for much of the game, but they did find some success as the second half went on. Their running game never materialized, leaving Trevor Siemian to throw 51 passes. He completed 35 of them and wound up with 334 yards, but the lack of balance was a killer while the Titans were building their lead in the first half of the game.

Mariota’s completion percentage was 30 percent for the day, the lowest for a starting quarterback in a win since JaMarcus Russell completed 29 percent of his throws in a 2009 win. Mariota doesn’t usually keep company with Russell and the Titans will need him to be better against the Chiefs next week.

The Broncos are now 8-5 and two games behind the Raiders and Chiefs in the AFC West, so they could use a Titans win if they want to stay alive in that race. A Titans loss would help them on the Wild Card front with a game against the Patriots next on their schedule.

56 responses to “Titans hold on late to beat Broncos 13-10

  1. Broncos fans all offseason “it doesn’t matter who plays QB
    Our defense will shut every down”

    Hope you enjoyed that SB, you wont see another one for a long time!

  2. Face it Donkey fans, its over.
    The Chiefs own the AFC West, with the pathetic, lucky Raiders and their fluke 10 wins even surpassing your pathetic team.

    Welcome to 4th place in the division next year, after watching thee Kansas city Chiefs win the Super Bowl and repeat next season.

  3. In the first half the Titans ran like the Broncos were one of those moving sidewalks at the airport. John Elway isn’t looking so smart today. He’s got the suit, but not the chops. It’s going to be a long decade in Denver.

  4. No way you watch the Broncos if you say that Trevor Siemian can’t play. Every game when the Broncos open up the offense in the 2nd half he plays great, he had this game and the game vs. KC won with perfect throws to Bennie Fowler that were dropped. When will Gary Kubiak’a crappy offense get blame instead of the players?

    Side note: Bennie Fowler, Devontae Booker and Cody Latimer do not belong on NFL rosters.

  5. Glad to see Tennessee get the win that they desrved. The Titans dominated the first half and the only reason the donkeys stayed in the game was the efforts of the refs.

  6. Broncos fans all offseason “it doesn’t matter who plays QB
    Our defense will shut every down”

    Hope you enjoyed that SB, you wont see another one for a long time!
    ____________________________________
    Come again? I dont recall any Denver fans saying this. there was much concern with the loss of key defensive players and the retirement of old man Peyton (who was good enough to manage Denver to a SB). Denver fans were scared to death that Butt Fumble was our starter this year.

    Anyway, your jealousy becomes you. How is your team doing? Any rings? Nah, didn’t think so. Carry on Nancy Boy!

  7. Iknowitall says:
    Dec 11, 2016 4:28 PM
    Face it Donkey fans, its over.
    The Chiefs own the AFC West, with the pathetic, lucky Raiders and their fluke 10 wins even surpassing your pathetic team.

    Welcome to 4th place in the division next year, after watching thee Kansas city Chiefs win the Super Bowl and repeat next season.
    _________________________________________

    Get over yourself! The Chiefs haven’t been to the Superbowl since 70′ and haven’t even sniffed the AFC Championship game since 94′!

    I like what they are doing this year and will be a tough out, but until Alex Smith can put together that signature came when all the chips on the table, they’ll just be good enough to make the playoffs’. And some point, your QB has to be a difference “maker”!

  8. babygaga19 says:
    Dec 11, 2016 4:46 PM

    Come again? I dont recall any Denver fans saying this. there was much concern with the loss of key defensive players and the retirement of old man Peyton (who was good enough to manage Denver to a SB). Denver fans were scared to death that Butt Fumble was our starter this year.
    ————————————

    Lol. Just pathetic.

  9. Come again? I dont recall any Denver fans saying this. there was much concern with the loss of key defensive players and the retirement of old man Peyton (who was good enough to manage Denver to a SB). Denver fans were scared to death that Butt Fumble was our starter this year.

    Anyway, your jealousy becomes you. How is your team doing? Any rings? Nah, didn’t think so. Carry on Nancy Boy!


    Fortunately I’ve been a Patriots fan since 1985

    Jealousy? None!

    10-2 first place!

    Any rings? 4!

    Carry on Nancy Boy!!!!!!!!

    Like I said “enjoy that SB, you WONT see another one for a looooooooooong time!!!

  10. How is the investigation of Aqib Talib going? The person who shot himself in the leg while drunk in public. Or perhaps the commissioner is waiting to see if the Broncos are in the playoffs or not before issueing a punishment for this infraction.

  11. The Chargers, the Raiders, and the Broncos could join forces and have a big pity party.

    Chiefs!

  12. xavier179 says:
    Dec 11, 2016 4:29 PM
    Well Elway, what are you going to do now?

    I would imagine trade for Romo in the offseason.

  13. Blame the loss on Elway. He failed to address the offensive line problems from last season and his QB draft pick that he traded up for is a bust. When your defense holds a team to 13 points, they have done their job. Especially after being on the field for a long time.

  14. Flash1287 says:
    Dec 11, 2016 4:27 PM
    Broncos fans all offseason “it doesn’t matter who plays QB
    Our defense will shut every down”

    Hope you enjoyed that SB, you wont see another one for a long time!

    —–

    Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Romo there next season if they can swing it under the cap. He would make them instant top SB contenders if they can keep that Defense together…

    And he finds a way to stay healthy for a whole season.

  15. Cannot pin this game on Siemian. If you are you did not watch the game he played really well in the 2nd half but the lack of a running game and shoddy O-line play cost the Broncos the game and possibly their season.

  16. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Romo there next season if they can swing it under the cap. He would make them instant top SB contenders if they can keep that Defense together…

    And he finds a way to stay healthy for a whole season.\=============

    I hope they do get romo. he is an average player that cant stay healthy. he wont last 5 games against the afc west – so sign him to a huge contract!
    also, let semian walk. LOL

  17. Hahaha love all this talk about the Donks signing Romo next year and then they are magically going to just waltz in the Super Bowl.
    1: The Donks couldn’t afford to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick what makes you think they are going to be able to sign Romo? Are they just going to void Von P.E.D. Miller’s contract?
    2: Denver’s defense isn’t even close to what it was last year, so the idea that the defense is going to carry them is idiotic, after today they will be 30th against the run.
    3. Why would Tony Romo put himself behind that screen door that is the Offensive line of the Donks, he wouldn’t make it to the bye week.
    4. Why would Tony Romo leave the Cowboys who are clearly the class of the NFC and in the drivers seat to make it to the Super bowl for the next few years to go to a team that is at best the 3rd best team in their own division?

  18. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Romo there next season if they can swing it under the cap. He would make them instant top SB contenders if they can keep that Defense together…

    And he finds a way to stay healthy for a whole season.

    They probably will trade for Romo but he can’t even stay healthy for half a season.

  19. Sorry broncos. Touch loss chumps. You are a shell of the team you were last year. And stop blaming it on free agency losses like Trevanthian and others. All teams deal with it.

    Dont worry though. The Raiders will represent the AFC West for the next decade. Siemian is a heck of a QB, LOL

  20. bye bye donkeys

    the long fade into mediocrity (or worse) has begun

    the country rejoices

    approved ped use by horseteeth and goodell will
    never be forgotten

    we await the audits very soon with the obvious cap cheating

  21. Neither Seimian nor the defense are the problem.

    It’s the O-line and the coaching.

    When you can’t convert a single third down in 18 attempts and many of those were running plays on 3rd and 1 or 2, the problem is the O-line and a coach who insists on running a slow running play up the middle.

    Furthermore, when a team gets as many DUMB penalties as the Broncs do, there is too little discipline. That reflects on coaching and team leaders. Then there is the play selection in tense situations. Going for a 62 yard field goal against KC and passing on a chip shot field goal against Tenn cost this team two much-needed wins.

  22. Romo has become very fragile and can’t take the hits like he used to. The Donks better hold onto Siemian if they trade for him. They’ll need a backup to move into starter by 5 or 6 games into the season.

  23. I was stating on this site all off season that Siemian was the real deal. No running game and a shoddy O-line and Siemian still manages 35-51, 1 TD and had Fowler used his hands instead of his facemask, a second TD.

    No question Elway screwed the pooch on the O-line. Look for that to be addressed thru FA, as the draft is too iffy due to the spread offense. At the same time Elway is looking smart for not signed Sylvester Williams to a new deal at NT.

    As for Lynch, Elway said he was talented but quite raw due to the version of the spread he ran in college. Will he become what is expected of a #1, who knows?

  24. Love the Haters! Yeah, we are having a sub par year, but if that is the price for winning the SB, we will pay it every time. By the way, how is your team doing? Bet you’re not 8-5. Carry on Lozzas!

  25. The Titans looked liked they didn’t want to win that game… that secondary was so horrible it’s amazing the Broncos didn’t score more points. The Broncos were making it look easy in the 2nd half, but their gameplay was too conservative with all those short passes.

  26. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Romo there next season if they can swing it under the cap.
    ____________________________________
    Do you even watch the games? QB play hasnt beaten Denver. It’s the offensive line (protection and run) plus inability to stop the run (28th in league). How is Romo going to improve those gaping problems?

  27. bigbroncomama says:
    Dec 11, 2016 6:01 PM
    Love the Haters! Yeah, we are having a sub par year, but if that is the price for winning the SB, we will pay it every time. By the way, how is your team doing? Bet you’re not 8-5. Carry on Lozzas!
    ——–

    My team is doing great…..and thank God they are not 8-5!

  28. Rdog says:
    Dec 11, 2016 6:11 PM
    The Broncos were making it look easy in the 2nd half, but their gameplay was too conservative with all those short passes.
    +++++++++++++++

    Bend don’t break. It’s how you give up 35/51 for 334 and win the game

  29. People are going to talk about derby’s fumble. Derby has been a great pick up

    The name that needs to be mentioned is Bennie Fowler. He had the game winning touchdown between his hands and the ball hit him in the damn helmet

    He also dropped a pass in the chiefs game that wouldve put them in field goal range instead of doing the crazy long one

    Fowler needs to be held accountable

  30. Broncos fans were talking dynasty, lol.
    _____________________________________
    With Butt Fumble, loss of 3 key players on Defense?? Didnt see one post saying that. Why dont you share it with us!

  31. bigbroncomama says:
    Dec 11, 2016 6:01 PM
    Love the Haters! Yeah, we are having a sub par year, but if that is the price for winning the SB, we will pay it every time. By the way, how is your team doing? Bet you’re not 8-5. Carry on Lozzas!
    ——–

    My team is doing great…..and thank God they are not 8-5!
    _____________________________________
    How are the Pats doing this year anyway? Recovered from their Colorado trips last year? And lemme guess, you second fave team is the Cowboys right? Knew it! You may go now.

  32. I really hope the donks win at least one more game. at this point they have zero shot at making it to the playoffs and I would hate to see them get a better draft pick – then again, elway would just whiff on the pick like he always does.

    still laughing that he traded up for shane ray! LOL

  33. How are the Pats doing this year anyway? Recovered from their Colorado trips last year? And lemme guess, you second fave team is the Cowboys right? Knew it! You may go now.

    __________
    You mean two extremely close games in your house that were won by the refs?

    The last real game we played against the Donks was a 43-21 rout.

    Don’t forget your place. A mediocre winless team unless salary caps are cheated, hgh is abused, or refs paid off.

  34. Wow I didn’t know this was a Chiefs post. Why don’t you guys wait until next week to trash the Broncos, because you have to play the Titans too. Remember two years ago when Jake Locker and that terrible Titans team dominated the Chiefs AT Arrowhead? I know there isn’t anything else to do in Kansas or Missouri, but calm down!

  35. Rdog says:
    Dec 11, 2016 8:39 PM
    Wow I didn’t know this was a Chiefs post. Why don’t you guys wait until next week to trash the Broncos, because you have to play the Titans too. Remember two years ago when Jake Locker and that terrible Titans team dominated the Chiefs AT Arrowhead? I know there isn’t anything else to do in Kansas or Missouri, but calm down.
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    I was hoping the Broncos would win today, so the line won’t be lopsided against the Chiefs (vs. Broncos) on xmas eve. But, you know what? After three and a half quarters of terrible football by the Broncos, I gave up on them. You can take it out on Chiefs fans all you want, but the reality is that the Broncos suck. They won’t even earn a wildcard spot this year. That’s not my heartache, bro. If I was a Broncos fan, I’d be too embarrassed to even post comments here anymore, let alone worry about what Chiefs fans are doing in KS and MO. Get a grip on yourself. LOL.

  36. How are the Pats doing this year anyway? Recovered from their Colorado trips last year? And lemme guess, you second fave team is the Cowboys right? Knew it! You may go now.

    __________
    You mean two extremely close games in your house that were won by the refs?

    The last real game we played against the Donks was a 43-21 rout.

    Don’t forget your place. A mediocre winless team unless salary caps are cheated, hgh is abused, or ref paid off.
    _________________________________

    So lame. The last salary cap infraction was 18 years ago amiga. No 1st round draft choice taken, no $1Mill fine. Paid off refs? Really, thats the best you got? So last years AFC Championship game wasnt a real game or the regular season game before it?

    dude, you are spinning empty Viagra capsules. Denver was fully investigated on the Manning hgh matter and there was nothing. Brady, the face of the NFL, was likewise investigated, destroyed the evidence, lied to the investigators, was suspended and said suspension upheld by the most prestigious circuit court in our country, the 2nd Circuit. You may leave now. Go make love to your Brady blow up doll. I hear she moans to you like she does with the refs!

  37. Wow- bronco mama making stuff up! Guess you never bothered to read the wells report, or the quote from wells that said he didn’t need TB12’s phone and that he cooperated FULLY! FULLY.
    What color is the sky in your sorry world!
    As the 21 scientists said it’s not tampering ,it’s science.

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