Chris Johnson ripped off a franchise-long 94-yard run, giving the Titans a 7-3 lead with 8:53 remaining in the second quarter at LP Field.
It topped the previous franchise record of 91 yards, set by Sid Blanks against the Jets on Dec. 13, 1964 and matched by Johnson against the Houston Texans on Sept. 20, 2009.
Johnson’s run was the longest in the NFL since a 95-yarder by Minnesota Vikings running back Chester Taylor on Oct. 22, 2006.
It also marked Johnson’s sixth career touchdown of over 80 yards, extending his record for the most in NFL history.
In addition, it was the second-longest touchdown run in Monday Night Football history, second only to Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run on Jan. 3, 1983 at Minnesota.
Johnson became the third player in NFL history with multiple 90-plus yard TD runs, joining Ahman Green and Bo Jackson.
In five NFL seasons, Johnson now has reached the 1,100-yard mark for the fourth time.
Johnson talked about his long run after the game.
“It was an inside zone play and they were pressing,” Johnson said. “Kyle DeVan got on his man and I came right behind him. Once I jumped through the line, I saw nothing but daylight. From there, it was just hitting it.”
Johnson said when teams stack the box, it increases his ability for long runs if he can get past the initial line of defenders.
“No matter what run you have, you always know if you get behind those guys there is a good chance you can go all the way,” he said. “It’s a situation that I just read it and stayed with it and cut back through the offensive line, that’s when I saw the daylight.”
And once he reaches daylight, the chances of catching him are slim.
“I feel like once I get through the line or whatever, I don’t feel like I can get caught,” Johnson said. “It’s a situation where a lot of teams like to play a lot of guys in the box against me. Anytime they do that, you are not going to have a lot of good runs, but you’ve got to take advantage when they slip. When they slip, you’ve just got to make them pay for it.”
And that’s exactly what Johnson did.
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