Goal-line stand, Derrick Henry have Titans up 14-13 at halftime

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The Patriots led for most of the first half. They don’t lead at halftime.

New England was up 10-7 and at the 1-yard line late in the second quarter. The Patriots didn’t get a touchdown on three runs inside the Titans 2-yard line, and Derrick Henry ran Tennessee to a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in the half.

The Titans lead 14-13 at intermission, and Logan Ryan dropped what could have been a pick-six with 18 seconds left.

That was the only missed opportunity for the Titans in the first half.

Henry already is over 100 yards, rushing for 106 on 14 carries. His 1-yard touchdown run, which gave the Titans the go-ahead points, was the first rushing touchdown the Patriots have allowed to a running back since Week Nine.

The Titans took their first lead on an opening-drive touchdown with Anthony Firkser catching a 12-yard score from Ryan Tannehill.

But Rashaan Evans was the team’s MVP in the first half.

New England had first-and-goal from the Tennessee 1 with 4:29 remaining in the first half. Evans stuffed Sony Michel for a 1-yard loss with the Patriots employing an extra offensive lineman on first down; DaQuan Jones and Evans stopped Rex Burkhead for a 1-yard gain on second down; and Evans tackled Michel for a 2-yard loss with the Patriots using two extra offensive lineman. Nick Folk kicked a 21-yard field goal.

Evans has eight tackles, three for loss.

The Patriots’ only touchdown came on a 5-yard run by Julian Edelman. It was Edelman’s first career rushing touchdown — regular season or postseason — and came after Tom Brady yelled at him to get into his spot, presumably to throw off the Titans defense. His run on the first play of the second quarter gave the Patriots a 10-7 lead.

The Patriots have 222 yards on 38 plays, while the Titans have 169 on 25. Brady has completed 14 of 22 passes for 149 yards, while Tannehill is 5-of-9 for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Patriots safety Patrick Chung is questionable to return with an ankle injury, and Titans linebacker Jayon Brown is questionable to return with a shoulder injury.

29 responses to “Goal-line stand, Derrick Henry have Titans up 14-13 at halftime

  1. Patriots Boogeymen defense looks like they should change the y to an r in their nickname.

    Better find a way to slow down Henry or good night.

  2. Patriots are losing in the trenches both directions. They have had some success because Brady has looked sharp. Also some good play calling (sometimes) has made some things happen. But if they continue to lose the trench war this game is going to slowly but steadily shift in the Titans favor.

  3. Patriots better ‘titan’ up that defence or Derrick Henry ends the dynasty tonight…. hahahahaha

    Patriots defence is gonna be gassed by the fourth quarter and the fat lady will be warming up her vocal cords.

    Don’t cry too much Patriot fans, Derrick Henry does this to everyone haha

  4. No one wants to tackle Big Henry.

    Hightower is a no show along with the Patriots Defensive Front.

    Titans will continue to pummel the Pats with Henry and it’s game over.

  5. Dropped passes, penalties, and poor red zone play is not what you expect from the Patriots in the playoffs.

  6. tigerlilac says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:20 pm
    Dropped passes, penalties, and poor red zone play is not what you expect from the Patriots in the playoffs.

    1 2 Rate This

    Yes it is, especially with your cheating QB and Headcoach. Goodell isn’t gonna be able to save you tonight .

  7. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm
    Still laughing at the fat idiot trying to run down field and all those idiot fans thinking That was a good play—
    ——

    Still laughing. At the Seahawks throwing it on the one.
    And the 12’s crying

    #one year dynasty

  8. Flash1211 says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:29 pm
    vancouversportsbro says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm
    Still laughing at the fat idiot trying to run down field and all those idiot fans thinking That was a good play—
    ——

    Still laughing. At the Seahawks throwing it on the one.
    And the 12’s crying

    #one year dynasty

    2 4 Rate This

    There are plenty of new jokes you could pull on the Seattle Seahawks and you decide to stick with the old worn out one…. speaks more about your I.Q little buddy. Living in the past you are, but that’s something Patriot fans I see are embracing because that’s your future now haha

  9. ghostofmyra says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    About 15 comments from this guy on the last 3 patriots articles

    Yeah, he’s not jealous
    Look at his screen name

  10. Flash1211 says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:52 pm
    ghostofmyra says:
    January 4, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    About 15 comments from this guy on the last 3 patriots articles

    Yeah, he’s not jealous
    Look at his screen name

    1 0 Rate This

    Keeping stats on me, look who’s in your head

  11. I’m just glad I’m not listening to Booger McFarland say “Who’s gonna make a play”

  12. Well congrats to Vrabel and the Titans, excellent game plan.

    If Brady is gone I hope he does well wherever he goes.

  13. Story of the year for the Pats’ offense. I’ll be rooting for Tenn., but don’t give them much of a chance in Baltimore.

  14. Well, congrats to Tennessee. They were the better team. That drop by Edelman was just brutal.

    If the Brady era is over in New England, it’s been a heck of a ride. Patriot fans are good to go for the next 50 years at least.

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