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Titans win for 6th time in 7 games, beat Texans 24-13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans may not impress many people with how they're playing.

If they keep piling up victories, that's all that matters.

LeShaun Sims intercepted a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone with 1:02 left, and the Titans beat the Houston Texans 24-13 on Sunday to stay atop the AFC South.

Marcus Mariota also ran for a touchdown and threw for another, but the Titans needed the interception to preserve the win with Tom Savage throwing for a career-high 365 yards despite the Texans losing four offensive players to injuries during the game.

''Man, we like the Comeback Kids, you know?'' Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. ''I hate that we not starting fast and playing all 60 minutes of football. But we do it at the end. We come back. We fight. We never give up. I love that.''

The Titans (8-4) won their second straight and sixth of their past seven. They improved to 4-1 in the AFC South to stay ahead of Jacksonville, a winner over Indianapolis.

''That's our goal,'' Mariota said. ''It's a step in the right direction.''

Tennessee didn't look ready to take advantage of a chance for a little payback against Houston for the 57-14 beat-down the Texans put on them Oct. 1 when Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt were healthy. The Titans even fell behind 10-0 before rallying to tie it up at halftime.

Injuries have taken a toll on the Texans (4-8), and coach Bill O'Brien called it one of the tougher days he's ever had personally.

''I've never been in this situation, so I'm learning on the job, too, as far as being in a losing situation right here,'' O'Brien said.

Houston's rearranged offensive line only gave up four sacks. Savage, evaluated at halftime for a concussion, even made up for three consecutive false starts by Jeff Allen, who slid over to left tackle, after having fourth-and-4. Savage found Stephen Anderson with a 22-yarder.

Sims, who came off the bench to replace injured teammate Logan Ryan, beat Hopkins for the interception on the next play. Derrick Henry ran 75 yards up the left sideline for a TD three plays later to seal the win. Henry finished with 109 yards rushing.

''That was a great play, as good a play as you can make on a ball that he made,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said of Sims' interception.

MARIOTA'S LEGS

The Titans quarterback ran for only four TDs combined through his first two seasons. He ran for a 9-yard TD in the second quarter, giving him a career-high five TD runs through 11 games. He also tossed a 24-yard TD pass to Walker in the third quarter, which gave Tennessee its first lead.

TEXANS KICKER STRUGGLES

Ka'imi Fairbairn struggled mightily. He clanked a 48-yard field goal attempt off the left upright with 38 seconds left in the first half, and the Titans responded with a field goal to tie it up at 10 at halftime.

The second-year kicker, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, yanked a 23-yarder late in the third quarter so wide to the left that he missed the net behind the goal posts. Fairbairn had missed only twice all season on 16 attempts.

He connected from 42 yards with 4:37 left to pull Houston within 17-13.

INJURIES

Houston's lengthy injury report only grew longer. Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz went out in the second quarter and didn't return after being evaluated for a concussion. Receiver Braxton Miller and running back Alfred Blue also suffered concussions. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph was ruled out just after halftime with an injured shoulder. Receiver Bruce Ellington also couldn't finish with an injured hamstring.

''I've never been a part of something like that with that many guys out,'' Savage said.

Defensive end DaQuan Jones, who had 1 1/2 sacks for Tennessee, had a biceps injury in the third quarter, and cornerback Logan Ryan suffered a concussion.

UP NEXT

Texans: Host San Francisco.

Titans: Visit Arizona.

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Key Players
T. Savage 3 QB
365 PaYds, PaTD, INT, RuYd
18
FPTS
M. Mariota 8 QB
150 PaYds, PaTD, 23 RuYds, RuTD
20
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:46
R.Succop extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
13
24
Touchdown 0:46
D.Henry left end for 75 yards, TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on TEN-B.Jones, Taunting, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
3
plays
80
yds
0:22
pos
13
23
Field Goal 4:37
K.Fairbairn 42 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
12
plays
57
yds
6:54
pos
13
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:03
R.Succop extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 0:03
M.Mariota pass deep middle to D.Walker for 24 yards, TOUCHDOWN [D.Reader]. TEN-D.Walker was injured during the play. His return is Questionable.
10
plays
80
yds
5:17
pos
10
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
R.Succop 43 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
4
plays
37
yds
0:35
pos
10
10
Point After TD 4:18
R.Succop extra point is GOOD, Center-B.Brinkley, Holder-B.Kern.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 4:18
M.Mariota scrambles left end for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
6:22
pos
10
6
Point After TD 10:40
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 10:40
T.Savage pass short left to S.Anderson for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
7
plays
87
yds
3:17
pos
9
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:21
K.Fairbairn 23 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
9
plays
36
yds
3:39
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 33:49 26:11
1st Downs 24 19
Rushing 3 9
Passing 17 8
Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Conv 8-16 5-11
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 384 344
Total Plays 75 50
Avg Gain 5.1 6.9
Net Yards Rushing 53 198
Rush Attempts 22 25
Avg Rush Yards 2.4 7.9
Net Yards Passing 331 146
Comp. - Att. 31-49 15-23
Yards Per Pass 6.8 6.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-34 2-4
Penalties - Yards 11-85 7-63
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 3-46.3 4-49.8
Return Yards 71 41
Punts - Returns 3-29 2-41
Kickoffs - Returns 2-42 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 3/5 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 2/4 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-3 -33% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texans 4-8 370313
Titans 8-4 0107724
331 PASS YDS 146
53 RUSH YDS 198
384 TOTAL YDS 344
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Savage 3 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 365 1 1 84.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.4% 1349 5 6 71.8
T. Savage 31/49 365 1 1 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Miller 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 56 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
194 711 3
L. Miller 15 56 0 12 8
A. Blue 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 60 0
A. Blue 4 2 0 3 0
T. Savage 3 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
T. Savage 1 -1 0 -1 18
A. Ellington 38 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 49 1
A. Ellington 2 -4 0 -1 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
14 8 80 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 77 1084 9
D. Hopkins 14 8 80 0 17 8
S. Anderson 89 TE
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 5 79 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 322 1
S. Anderson 12 5 79 1 25 13
B. Miller 13 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 71 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 148 1
B. Miller 4 4 71 0 57 7
A. Ellington 38 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 56 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 353 0
A. Ellington 6 5 56 0 29 5
L. Miller 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 309 3
L. Miller 4 4 38 0 11 8
C. Fiedorowicz 87 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 127 0
C. Fiedorowicz 3 2 16 0 9 1
C. Thompson 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 30 0
C. Thompson 2 1 11 0 11 1
A. Blue 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 18 0
A. Blue 1 1 7 0 7 0
B. Ellington 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 330 2
B. Ellington 2 1 7 0 7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-26 0 3.0
B. McKinney 5-2 1.0 0 0
J. Joseph 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-9 2 0.0
J. Joseph 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Gilchrist 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-7 1 1.0
M. Gilchrist 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hal 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-19 3 0.0
A. Hal 4-1 0.0 0 1
Z. Cunningham 41 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-27 0 1.0
Z. Cunningham 3-1 1.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-16 0 1.0
K. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Blackson 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Blackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 40 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-0 1 0.0
M. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Johnson 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-7 0 0.0
K. Johnson 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Watkins 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
C. Watkins 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-9 0 9.0
J. Clowney 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 1.0
J. Heath 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Peters 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
B. Peters 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. President 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
G. President 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Reader 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-22 0 1.0
D. Reader 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
17/21 29/31
K. Fairbairn 2/4 42 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Lechler 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 46.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 48.9 24
S. Lechler 3 46.3 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Thompson 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 22.6 42 0
C. Thompson 2 21.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Thompson 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.5 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 6.5 15 0
C. Thompson 2 10.5 15 0
B. Miller 13 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
B. Miller 1 8.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Mariota 8 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 150 1 0 98.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 2423 10 12 80.4
M. Mariota 15/23 150 1 0 20
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Henry 22 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 109 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
125 629 4
D. Henry 11 109 1 75 16
D. Murray 29 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 66 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
140 518 5
D. Murray 11 66 0 22 7
M. Mariota 8 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 23 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 213 5
M. Mariota 3 23 1 12 20
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Walker 82 TE
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 63 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 58 676 2
D. Walker 5 5 63 1 24 12
E. Decker 87 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 353 1
E. Decker 6 3 27 0 12 2
P. Supernaw 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 39 1
P. Supernaw 1 1 20 0 20 2
T. Taylor 13 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 231 1
T. Taylor 2 2 15 0 15 1
D. Murray 29 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 238 1
D. Murray 2 2 13 0 13 7
C. Davis 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 227 0
C. Davis 4 2 12 0 13 1
J. Smith 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 127 2
J. Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Byard 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-22 6 0.0
K. Byard 6-3 0.0 0 0
J. Cyprien 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-11 0 0.0
J. Cyprien 5-1 0.0 0 0
L. Ryan 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-12 0 0.0
L. Ryan 4-2 0.0 0 0
A. Johnson 94 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-7 0 1.0
A. Johnson 4-1 1.0 0 0
W. Woodyard 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
65-34 0 3.0
W. Woodyard 4-5 0.0 0 0
A. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-8 0 0.0
A. Jackson 3-1 0.0 0 0
A. Williamson 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-33 0 1.0
A. Williamson 3-3 0.0 0 0
E. Walden 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 3.0
E. Walden 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-12 0 3.5
D. Jones 2-3 1.5 0 0
D. Morgan 91 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-13 0 7.5
D. Morgan 1-2 0.5 0 0
L. Sims 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-5 1 0.0
L. Sims 1-1 0.0 1 0
K. Dodd 92 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Dodd 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Orakpo 98 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-12 0 5.0
B. Orakpo 1-2 1.0 0 0
B. McCain 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
B. McCain 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Casey 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-13 0 3.0
J. Casey 1-3 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-11 0 0.0
J. Brown 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Succop 4 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
26/31 26/27
R. Succop 1/2 43 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kern 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 49.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
54 51.4 19
B. Kern 4 49.8 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 25 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 10.2 46 0
A. Jackson 2 20.5 25 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 2:00 3 9 Punt
13:00 TEN 41 3:39 9 36 FG
4:54 HOU 30 2:10 3 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:57 HOU 13 3:17 7 87 TD
4:18 HOU 21 3:40 12 49 FG Miss
0:03 HOU 25 0:03 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 HOU 26 8:06 16 65 FG Miss
0:03 HOU 25 1:35 4 19 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:31 HOU 19 6:54 12 57 FG
2:47 HOU 28 1:39 7 43 INT
0:46 HOU 31 0:46 5 2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:21 TEN 25 4:27 8 53 FG Miss
2:44 TEN 22 3:47 7 35 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:40 TEN 25 6:22 10 75 TD
0:38 TEN 38 0:35 4 37 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEN 25 1:34 3 2 Punt
5:20 TEN 20 5:17 10 80 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:28 TEN 19 1:57 4 18 Punt
4:37 TEN 25 1:50 3 -1 Punt
1:08 TEN 20 0:22 3 80 TD