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Chris Johnson Hits 1,000; Bironas Nails 55-yard Field Goal

Posted by Craig Peters on December 29, 2013 – 1:36 pm

Rob Bironas kicked a season-long 55-yard field goal as the first half expired to bring Tennessee within a point at 7-6 of Houston.

The Titans drove 58 yards on seven plays in 1:53 to cut into the Texans’ lead and will get the ball to start the second half.

The possession started at Tennessee’s own 5, and was started by a 23-yard run by Chris Johnson that put him over 1,000 yards for the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Kendall Wright on a screen pass that gained 34 yards, and the Titans overcame a holding penalty against Delanie Walker with a screen from Fitzpatrick to Johnson that gained 11 on third-and-20 to move the ball to the Houston 37.

Tennessee let the clock tick down to four seconds left in the first half before using its final timeout.

The possession followed a successful challenge by Titans coach Mike Munchak of a play that was originally ruled a completion from Matt Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins. After review, officials determined the pass had been broken up by Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, and Tennessee was able to force a punt two plays later.

The Titans’ first field goal made it 7-3 with 9:45 remaining in the first half. Bironas capped a seven-play, 32-yard drive with a 42-yarder. The drive started at the Tennessee 44-yard line and included a 13-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to Wright and runs of 9 and 4 yards by Johnson.

The possession was slowed by an illegal shift penalty, but Fitzpatrick’s 9-yard pass to Walker on third-and-13 moved Tennessee back to the 24.

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4 Responses to “Chris Johnson Hits 1,000; Bironas Nails 55-yard Field Goal”

  1. By addicted2football on Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    Adios CJ. It was fun for a while, but you aren’t going to take a pay cut, and rightfully so, the Titans aren’t going to pay you 8 million when you’ve barely broke 1000 yards the last 3 seasons in a row.

  2. By royalan83 on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Happy New Years fans, look forward to another exciting year from the same head coach and offensive coordinator. Tired of being mediocre? It’s going to get even worse without CJ. Congratulations on your 18th-20th overall selection in the draft by winning the last two games.

  3. By addicted2football on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    It’s not all bad royalan83, draft order has been set for non playoff teams and we pick 11th. I personally don’t see us being any worse without CJ either, seriously, the guy only rushed for 1,077 yards. I have no doubt that we could draft a rookie RB in the 4th or 5th round who could easily match or exceed the production we’ve seen from CJ the last 3 years, and he certainly won’t cost us the 8 million we’ll owe Johnson in 2014 if he stays. The analysts can say whatever they want about us drafting a DE to go along with Jurrell Casey, in my opinion, our biggest need at #11 is a franchise MLB, and CJ Mosley is the man for the job.

  4. By royalan83 on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    I think the players on the current roster can get the job done. The Titans spent 100 mill last off season for some high quality players, via GM Webster. The biggest complaint was drafting Warmack and claiming the Titans were a dominating run first offense, then the entire season there was a higher percentage of passes. They went against their own game plan and preparation for each game was too messy (the offense coordinator did not take advantage of mismatches) and why was Hunter and Preston on the bench most of the season, they played football their entire life. They already know the routes, there was no excuse for sitting them. Hunter + Preston + Wright = defensive coordinator nightmare. CJ had good all-purpose yards, because they used him as an extra WR out of the backfield the past few years. That’s mostly what made Locker’s pass percentage improve

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