Titans tumble: Team loses late 4th quarter lead, game 26-20 to Denver

Coach Fisher is wondering what went wrong with his offense in the 2nd half.

Costly pass interference call in the end zone the difference for Titans in the end.

Not enough plays.  “This loss is unfortunately an example of just not being able to make the play at the end to close this game out, and that is exactly what happened,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.  That about sums it all up.

Chris Johnson held without a double-digit yard gain.  One first down was made in the 4th quarter.  A muffed kickoff resulting in a turnover with the game on the line down 23-20 halted any legitimate comeback opportunity before it could get started.  It just wasn’t the Titans day.  Up 20-17 heading into the 4th quarter despite being outplayed by Denver, you had the sense they could close it out and come away with the win.  Kyle Orton had other plans.  Orton almost doubled the average of pass yards allowed by the Titans defense.

While surrendering 19 yards on the ground, the stingy Titans defense gave up 341 yards through the air to Orton.  And with less than two minutes to go safety Chris Hope was called for pass interference in the end zone (attempt from midfield) on Jabar Gaffney.  It was the 10th penalty of the afternoon.  Two plays later, Correll Buckhalter caught Orton’s second touchdown toss of the day, giving the Broncos a 23-20 lead, and the eventual victory.

Vince Young wasn’t bad, he went 17-28 for 173 yards and a TD to Kenny Britt, his second in as many weeks.  However, the run game just never got in a rhythm, hence the differential in time of possession, as the Broncos held the ball for more than 10 minutes longer than the Titans.  Offensively, you could see the team wasn’t in sync, and it paled in comparison when looking across the field at what Orton and company accomplished.

While the defense got to Kyle Orton for six sacks and put him on the ground a total of 11 times, they allowed Denver to march inside their 20 seven times, giving up points on six of its seven visits.  The game was completely in the hands of Orton.  The Titans could do nothing about it, and when they did, they elicited a yellow flag.

Next week things don’t get any easier, as the team will have to travel to Dallas, to face the well-rested and re-energized Cowboys.  Maybe things will turnaround on the road with already two losses at home, one more than last year with Vince Young at the helm.


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