The Titans lead the Saints 13-6 at halftime. But the game was significantly altered by one penalty called late in the second quarter.
Tennessee had first-and-goal at the 8-yard line with two minutes left in the half. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s pass to offensive lineman Aaron Brewer — who had reported as eligible — in the back of the end zone was intercepted by safety Marcus Williams. But linebacker Kaeden Elliss was flagged for roughing the passer. It was a questionable call at best, as the contact wasn’t late, wasn’t low, and there didn’t appear to be much — if any — contact with the head or neck area.
But that penalty call was monumental, as the Titans eventually scored a 1-yard touchdown on a Tannehill QB sneak. That gave Tennessee its 13-7 lead heading into halftime.
Tannehill finished the first half 11-of-17 passing for 149 yards, completing passes to eight different receivers. D’Onta Foreman leads the Titans with 21 yards on seven carries.
Without the benefit of Alvin Kamara — who’s out with a knee injury — Siemian is 10-of-15 passing for 133 yards with a touchdown.
The Saints will have the ball first to start the second half.