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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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Bironas Passes 100-point Mark

Posted by Craig Peters on December 22, 2013 – 1:33 pm

A 45-yard field goal by Rob Bironas gave the Titans a 3-0 lead over the Jaguars with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter in Jacksonville.

The three-pointer gave the nine-year pro 101 points for the season, marking the seventh straight season in which Bironas has recorded at least 100 points.

Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Nate Washington for consecutive completions of 26 and 25 yards in between runs of five and nine yards by Chris Johnson, but the drive that began at the Tennessee nine-yard line stalled at the Jacksonville 27.

The Jaguars answered the score with a touchdown drive that ended with a short pass from Chad Henne to Marcedes Lewis. That play was preceded by a screen pass by Henne to center Brad Meester for a gain of nine. It was the first career catch for Meester, a 14-year NFL veteran who plans to retire at the end of the season.

Bironas added a season-long 52-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in the first half, but Jacksonville responded with a touchdown drive. The Jaguars went 60 yards in 1:12, capitalizing on a kickoff that went out of bounds, but Bernard Pollard blocked Josh Scobee’s extra point.

Jacksonville leads 13-6 at halftime, with Tennessee set to receive the ball to start the second half.


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Zach Brown’s INT Helps Titans Take Lead

Posted by Craig Peters on November 24, 2013 – 4:21 pm

Zach Brown’s first interception of 2013 helped the Titans take a 6-3 lead against the Raiders with 11:55 left in the first half.

Brown picked off Oakland rookie Matt McGloin at the Raiders’ 14-yard line and returned it three yards.

Tennessee went with consecutive carries to Shonn Greene for gains of 5 and 1 to set up third-and-4, but a pass attempt from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker was broken up by linebacker Kevin Burnett.

Rob Bironas split the uprights with a 22-yard field goal.

The interception was the fourth of Brown’s two-year career.


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Titans’ Long Drive Ties Score vs. Raiders

Posted by Craig Peters on November 24, 2013 – 3:52 pm

The Tennessee Titans tied the Oakland Raiders at 3 after putting together a 14-play, 59-yard drive that lasted 7:17.

After a holding penalty on Tennessee’s first offensive snap, Ryan Fitzpatrick made consecutive completions to Nate Washington. The drive was then extended by a roughing the passer penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit by Sio Moore on Fitzpatrick.

The Titans converted two third-and-11s on the possession with completions of 16 yards to Washington and 13 to Justin Hunter. The Raiders, however, forced a 33-yard field goal by Rob Bironas.

The drive was the second-longest in terms of time of possession this season for Tennessee, behind a 14-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 7:20 at Houston.


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Titans Lead Colts 17-6 at Halftime

Posted by Craig Peters on November 14, 2013 – 9:11 pm

The Titans got 80 yards and two touchdowns from Chris Johnson in the first half.

The Titans got 80 yards and two touchdowns from Chris Johnson in the first half.

Tennessee has built a 17-6 halftime lead on Indianapolis.

The Titans added a 25-yard field goal by Rob Bironas for a 17-3 lead against the Colts with 2:32 remaining in the first half.

The kick ended an 11-play, 73-yard drive that consumed 6:09 of the second quarter.

The drive included a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty against Robert Mathis on Ryan Fitzpatrick, an unnecessary roughness penalty against Cassius Vaughn on Justin Hunter and an unnecessary roughness penalty against Erik Walden on Delanie Walker during which Walden ripped the helmet off Walker then appeared to headbutt the Titans’ tight end in the face.

The three penalties moved the ball from the Tennessee 40-yard line to the Indianapolis 13, but the drive stalled.

Indianapolis added the second field goal by Adam Vinatieri as the first half expired to make it 17-6.


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Bironas to Tie Bulluck, Bethea for Consecutive Games

Posted by Gary Glenn on October 17, 2013 – 10:13 am

_1DJ7049This Sunday against the 49ers, kicker Rob Bironas is scheduled to appear in his 135th NFL game — all of which he has played as a member of the Titans. In doing so, Bironas will join elite company on the franchise’s all-time consecutive games played list.

His 135 consecutive games will equal former Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea (1968–1977) and former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck (2000–2009) for fourth place on the list. He will trail only offensive lineman Bruce Matthews (232 from 1987–2001), linebacker Robert Brazile (147 from 1975–1984) and punter Craig Hentrich (146 from 1998–2007).

Bironas was signed by the Titans as a free agent in 2005. Since then, he has played in every game and become the fifth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, making 85.2 percent of his field-goal attempts (224 for 263).

Most consecutive games played in franchise history:

(1) 232 – Bruce Matthews (1987-2001)
(2) 147 – Robert Brazile (1975-1984)
(3) 146 – Craig Hentrich (1998-2007)
(4) 135 – Elvin Bethea (1968-1977)
(4) 135 – Keith Bulluck (2000-2009)
(6) 134 – Rob Bironas (2005-2013)
(6) 134 – Gregg Bingham (1973-1981)
(8) 128 – Eddie George (1996-2003)


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Titans Strike First Against Seahawks

Posted by Craig Peters on October 13, 2013 – 3:55 pm

The Titans took a 3-0 lead on the Seahawks by moving 72 yards on nine plays during their second possession. The drive started at the Tennessee 7-yard line, lasted 4:43 and ended with a 38-yard field goal by Rob Bironas.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started in place of injured Jake Locker for the second straight week, completed three straight passes to Kendall Wright and was 4-of-5 passing for 55 yards on the drive. Fitzpatrick also prevented disaster on the first play of the drive when he corralled a high shotgun snap. The next play resulted in a 32-yard gain to Wright, followed by gains of 11 and 4. Fitzpatrick scrambled for a gain of 5 and drew a penalty against Richard Sherman on a late hit out of bounds that moved the ball to the Seattle 30.

After a short run by Chris Johnson, Fitzpatrick narrowly missed an end zone throw to Damian Williams. On third-and-9, the Fitzpatrick completed a pass to Justin Hunter on a crossing route, but the rookie was stuffed a yard shy of the first down.

Rather than go for it on fourth-and-short, Titans coach Mike Munchak opted to go for the points from Bironas with 5:16 left in the first quarter.


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Titans Older, More Experienced in 2013

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 4, 2013 – 2:29 pm

TW1_8184aThe Titans will play this weekend’s opener against the Steelers with an average age on their 53-man roster of 26 years, nine months and 5 days (age as of Sept. 8; roster as of Sept. 3).

It is their oldest roster since 2009, when the average player was 27 years, three months and 26 days.

The Titans have 14 players in their first or second season, their lowest numbers since they had 13 in 2007.

2005 - 25 years, 5 months, 28 days – 3.2 Years exp.
2006 - 26 years, 3 months, 20 days – 4.0 Years exp.
2007 - 26 years, 11 months, 24 days – 4.6 Years exp.
2008 - 27 years, 2 months, 23 days – 4.7 Years exp.
2009 - 27 years, 3 months, 26 days – 4.9 Years exp.
2010 - 26 years, 8 months, 3 days – 4.3 Years exp.
2011 – 26 years, 5 months, 29 days – 4.3 Years exp.
2012 - 26 years, 4 months, 27 days – 4.2 Years exp.
2013 - 26 years, 9 months, 5 days – 4.6 Years exp.

Youngest Current Titans Player: G Chance Warmack — 21 (born Sept. 14, 1991)

Oldest Current Titans Player: K Rob Bironas — 35 (born Jan. 29, 1978)


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Bironas Approaching Another Club Record

Posted by Gary Glenn on October 25, 2012 – 1:11 pm

Rob Bironas provided the game-winning score last week at Buffalo with an extra point. The Titans defeated the Bills 35-34.

Bironas is approaching a team record for consecutive extra points made. The current record holder, Al Del Greco, made 229 consecutive PATs from 1993–2000. Bironas’ effort against the Bills gave him 226 in a row, a streak he began on Sept. 17, 2006.

Most consecutive PATs made, franchise history:

229 – Al Del Greco
226 – rob Bironas
79 – Gary Anderson
76 – Al Del Greco


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Bironas Ties Del Greco for Most Game-Winning Field Goals

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 27, 2012 – 1:11 pm

When Rob Bironas made a 26-yard field goal in overtime last week to defeat the Detroit Lions, it marked the 10th game-winning field goal of his career, tying him with Al Del Greco for first place in franchise history for career game-winning field goals.

Bironas has produced the 10 game-winning field goals in a little over seven full seasons with the Titans. Del Greco produced 10 game-winners from 1991–2000.

The next closest kickers to Bironas and Del Greco are Joe Nedney, Tony Zendejas and Toni Fritsch, all of whom had five career game-winning field goals.

A game-winning field goal is defined as a field goal that is the final scoring play of the game and gives a team the lead in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Most career game-winning field goals in franchise history (includes playoffs):

10 – Rob Bironas 2005-2012
10 – Al Del Greco 1991-2000
5 – Joe Nedney 2001-2004
5 – Tony Zendejas 1985-1990
5 – Toni Fritsch 1977-1981


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