NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Everything about the Tennessee Titans' 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night was bizarre. Not only was a Titans victory not expected, but it was shocking that it came on a goal-line stand where the physically-gifted Josh Allen was unable to acquire the few inches needed to keep the Bills alive. There was another wild storyline that emerged after the game, as Titans star wide receiver A.J. Brown gave us some insight into why he was questionable to play on Monday.
Brown was added to the injury report on Saturday due to an illness. He was officially listed as questionable, but did indeed dress. The Pro Bowler did not catch a pass in the first half, but completely carried the passing attack in the final two quarters. Brown caught seven passes for 91 yards in the second half, and became Ryan Tannehill's go-to receiver down the stretch.
Following the game, Brown spoke to reporters outside of the locker room. Physically, he looked like he was dealing with some kind of illness. Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold even came up to reporters, pointed at Brown and said "flu game!"
"I got like three IV's," Brown said. "I got two this morning, I got a bag and a half before the game. I didn't know if I was going to play."
So, what caused Brown to fall ill? He had food poisoning. From some bad Chipotle.
After the laughs ceased, Brown lamented the fact that he had to throw the restaurant chain under the bus, and said that he probably wouldn't be getting an endorsement deal from them. Derrick Henry even joked about Brown's situation during his postgame press conference.
"I just made sure we had enough toilet paper for him," Henry said.
The term "flu game" was of course made famous by Michael Jordan, as he scored 38 points in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals while dealing with the flu -- or food poisoning as he eventually admitted. Brown was able to fight through sickness like Jordan did, and recorded his best performance of what has been up to this point a disappointing season. Brown poked fun at this after the game, photoshopping himself and Henry into the famous "flu game" picture.
Brown said that he knew he had to step up to not only help his team, but also his quarterback.
"He was just leaning on me," Brown said of his second-half connection with Tannehill. "He told me he needed me. I was just trying to fight through it as much as I can and make plays for him."
The result was a huge conference win over a team that is a favorite to win Super Bowl LVI, and a bad PR hit to a restaurant.