Titans earn final AFC playoff spot by beating Texans

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The Titans are headed to the playoffs.

Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdowns in the first half, Derrick Henry ran for three in the second half and the Titans knocked off the Texans 35-14 on Sunday afternoon. That makes them an AFC Wild Card team and they’ll be the No. 6 seed in the conference.

That means head coach Mike Vrabel will be returning to his former stomping grounds of New England for a matchup with Bill Belichick’s Patriots team. The two teams did not meet this season, but the Titans beat the Patriots in Nashville during the 2018 season.

Tennessee’s move into playoff contention coincided with their decision to put Tannehill in the starting lineup in Week Seven. They’ve gone 7-3 since that point and Tannehill has played good football throughout the run. He was 13-of-20 for 198 yards on Sunday and has shown a growing connection with rookie wideout A.J. Brown down the stretch this season.

Brown had four catches for 124 yards and a touchdown on Sunday and Henry ran 32 times for 211 yards in an effort that showed his hamstring is just fine for the postseason and netted him the NFL’s rushing title for the 2019 season. The final run was a 53-yard score with just over three minutes to play and it put the final touches on a big win that keeps the Titans in business at least one more week.

41 responses to “Titans earn final AFC playoff spot by beating Texans

  1. Worst possible wild card matchup for the Pats after today’s poor effort.

    Vrabel and his staff know Brady inside out and came up with a great defensive plan last time the Pats played them.

  2. No team wants to see us. Brady better put up 35 next week or they will have an early exit this year

  3. Worst matchup for the Pats. Houston vs Buffalo is a bad matchup for the Texans too. Can both wildcard teams win??? Be interesting wildcard weekend.

  4. Now we get to see all the comments about how NE doesn’t want to see Tennessee

    Like last season when they didn’t want to see SD because they were the best rounded team Can run , pass and really good on defense.

  5. The right team clinched the last AFC spot. Did we really want to see the Steelers or long-shot Raiders make it in ? Looking forward to the hot Titans vs the struggling Patriots next week !

  6. The Pats are effectively toast. Miami did not run the ball particular well and they still won. No team fears going into NE anymore.
    BB is like 12-12 versus his former assistants and 235-71 against the other coaches. A bad omem indeed for the home team.

  7. Belichick is smiling now knowing he’ll have to prepare for Tannehill.”

    Do you mean Tannehill…..the highest rated QB in the League since he took over the team?

  8. swampthaaang says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    I’m sure Belacheat is already looking for ways to steal the Titans playbook and tape their signals

    So as you’re typing this do you chuckle , I mean do you actually think it’s funny or just lame?

  9. I’m a relatively new Titan fan, this is my third season, and I could not be happier, what a fun team, great coach, the Tannehill mariotta thing went so well, in so many other places it could have been a bunch of drama and he it was a smoot transition. This team is fun to watch, cool to see, tons of good young players, and Derrick Henry is just amazing to watch play football, he just keeps pounding until he breaks out……I was not sure about resting him last week, and now I know why. Go Titans, TITAN UP!

  10. The Pats will lose to the Titans, because the Pats offense is horrible this year, and I’m not sure if father time has finally caught Brady, or it’s simply that awful offensive line, but whatever it is they are simply horrible

  11. When the Titans go to Foxboro, they should have every room swept for listening devices and hidden cameras.

  12. johnnycantread says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    When the Titans go to Foxboro, they should have every room swept for listening devices and hidden cameras.

    Can you say “trying too hard “

  13. Sooooo……………….if memory serves, I (and others) predicted Tannehill would take the helm and lead the Titans to the playoffs. Wondering what Ross is thinking now.

  14. Voteforwiggsmofo says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Now we get to see all the comments about how NE doesn’t want to see Tennessee

    Like last season when they didn’t want to see SD because they were the best rounded team Can run , pass and really good on defense.
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    New England does not want to see Tennessee. There, I said it. If memory serves me correctly, didn’t Tennessee spank NE last year with Marcus Mariota, of all QBs, at the helm? Yeah, they don’t want to see Tennessee. The Patriot’s epitaph is being written as we speak.
    San Diego? The epitome of choke artists. Who would ever have any faith in them? In the 2007 playoffs, they had the game in hand when their idiot DB picked off Brady late in the game and fumbled it right back to NE. Take a knee and the game yours. Yeah, we all have faith in the Chargers.

  15. Voteforwiggsmofo says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    swampthaaang says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    I’m sure Belacheat is already looking for ways to steal the Titans playbook and tape their signals

    So as you’re typing this do you chuckle , I mean do you actually think it’s funny or just lame?

    1 2 Rate This

    Know what’s funny and lame, you still think Tom Brady is 27 years old haha

  16. Only way New England survives the AFC is at home. Oh wait, they aren’t a 1 or 2 seed. Good luck w/ that, last-gasp Cheatriot fans.

  17. Fascinating what Tannehill is able to do with a competent team and coaching staff around him. Also fascinating what the Titans have become with a quality QB.

  18. As good as the Pats defense has been overall this year, I can absolutely see the Titan’s o-line, Henry, and this momentum they have running roughshod over the Patriots. Should be an interesting game.

  19. 6burgh says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    Voteforwiggsmofo says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    swampthaaang says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    I’m sure Belacheat is already looking for ways to steal the Titans playbook and tape their signals

    So as you’re typing this do you chuckle , I mean do you actually think it’s funny or just lame?

    1 2 Rate This

    Know what’s funny and lame, you still think Tom Brady is 27 years old haha

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    Know what else is funny and lame? The Steelers..

    Who do they play next week?

  20. So New England fans will have to settle for 9 consecutive first round byes instead of 10. NFL fandom is rough.

    On the bright side, this will give Brady his best shot at playoff win #31. It probably wasn’t happening against KC, even at home.

    Also on the bright side, this gives KC a better chance at knocking off the Ravens. It’s all good if any team other than the Ravens wins the super bowl.

  21. Voteforwiggsmofo says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    6burgh says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    Voteforwiggsmofo says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    swampthaaang says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    I’m sure Belacheat is already looking for ways to steal the Titans playbook and tape their signals

    So as you’re typing this do you chuckle , I mean do you actually think it’s funny or just lame?

    1 2 Rate This

    Know what’s funny and lame, you still think Tom Brady is 27 years old haha

    —-

    Know what else is funny and lame? The Steelers..

    Who do they play next week?

    4 4 Rate This

    I’m not sure, have they released the 2020 schedule yet? Haha

  22. fluiddarkness says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Titans are onto the Chiefs after next week.
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    Actually if the Titans beat the Patriots (which I think they will) they will be on to the Ravens, seeing that they are the 6th seed and the Rvens are the #1 seed.

  23. fluiddarkness says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Titans are onto the Chiefs after next week.
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    It’s nice that you’re excited but that’s not how the playoffs work. The 1 & 2 seeds have a bye for the wild card round. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed. In the divisional round the 1 & 2 seeds host the winners of the wild card games. That means the 1 seed will host the 4, 5, or 6 seed and the 2 seed will host the 3, 4, or 5 seed. So, for the 6 seed Titans to play the 2 seed Chiefs, they will have to beat both the 3 seed Patriots and the 1 seed Ravens. Got it?

  24. As much as I’d like to see the Patriots lose, let’s slow down on the Titans. Beat the Texans JV today after losing to varsity at home 2 weeks ago.

  25. “MortimerInMiami says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:21 pm
    Belichick is smiling now knowing he’ll have to prepare for Tannehill.”
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    Yes. Because Tannehill has only beaten him four times. And his team only gave 27 points to Tanehill’s old team who was tanking.

  26. YAY Ryan Tannehill! I knew you could do it! Was a Fins fan for years and then they screwed up sending Tann the Man to Tennessee….I KNEW Mariota would blow it and Tanny would take over. Will always be a Tanny fan since I’m an Aggie Mom. And to hear he’s been great since taking over…why? BECAUSE HE NEVER HAD A DECENT OL IN MIAMI! I KNEW TANNEHILL WOULD BE GOOD BEHIND A GOOD OL. YOU BLEW IT DOLPHINS!!!

  27. MortimerInMiami says:
    December 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Pats will crush the Titans, no way Tannehill will succeed especially in NE.

    Lets settle down, the Titans beat the Texan’s junior varsity team today.
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    Yes, I cannot disagree with you. The Titans did beat the Texan’s junior varsity team today on the road today. With #2 seed on the line, the Patriots lost to a JV team at home in Foxborough. The Pats defense has not been even remotely dominating down the stretch, and the NE offense has been missing in action most of the season. Without the defense carrying the Patriots this year, chances are Buffalo would have won the division. Apparently you have not been watching the Titans since Tannehill replaced Mariota; they are not going to be a pushover in the playoffs. Between Tannehill and his receivers, plus Derrick Henry who has also played well down the stretch, New England is actually going to have to put up more than 24 points to win a game…and with the offense,(or lack of an offense), I would not get to overconfident.

  28. The Titans struggled the first half against the Texan’s 2nd and 3rd stringers.

    It should’ve been a blow out from the get go with the Titans starters on the field.

    Watson, Hopkins, Fuller, Tunsil, Stills, Roby, Watt, McKinney and J.Joseph were all on the sideline and several of the 2nd stringers were even taken out out of the game early on. The Texans’ 2nd and 3rd stringers still had success moving the ball against the Titans starting with the 1st drive of the game lasting over 7 minutes and ending with a touchdown.

    Texans didn’t need to win that game, the Titans did. The Texans would’ve played the Bills at home anyway since KC won.

    Not so sure the Titans can beat the Pats at Gillette this time.

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