The Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens played in one of the most highly-anticipated matchups in Week 11, and it lived up to the hype. While Lamar Jackson and the Ravens did everything they could to avenge their playoff loss in January, it was Tennessee who got the best of Baltimore yet again, as the Titans won in overtime, 30-24.
Derrick Henry was again the player of the game, as he rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. He scored the game-winning touchdown with a 29-yard scamper in overtime. Ryan Tannehill also had an impressive performance, as he completed 22 of 31 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The Ravens' inconsistency was a big reason they didn't get into the win column this week, even though they led by 11 points at one point in the second half. The defense allowed a couple of big plays in the secondary and Jackson wasn't always accurate when throwing the ball downfield. In all, the reigning NFL MVP threw for 186 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. With this loss, the Cleveland Browns leapfrog the Ravens for second place in the AFC North.
Why the Titans won
Resiliency. This wasn't a perfect outing for Tennessee, but it really showed just how resilient this team is. The Titans had to deal with multiple injuries suffered today on both sides of the ball and a double-digit deficit in the third quarter. Still, they had enough fight to battle back and win in overtime. There weren't many times in the second half where it felt like the Titans had momentum, but this team stayed the course, continued to chew into the lead and then played some of their best ball in the extra period. Remember how this team made it all the way to the AFC Championship game last year despite being an underdog in every postseason matchup? This team is still just as scrappy as ever.
Why the Ravens lost
Inconsistency. The Ravens were just far too inconsistent to get back into the win column on Sunday. Jackson threw some nice passes downfield but missed others, the offense went three-and-out in overtime despite receiving the first possession and the secondary allowed more than a few huge plays downfield in the second half. John Harbaugh needs to figure out a way to help his team get their swagger back.
The Titans did appear to have a little bit of momentum entering the extra period after holding the Ravens to just a field goal in the red zone, but Baltimore won the coin toss and decided to go on offense first. However, the Titans forced a three-and-out thanks to a Harold Landry sack -- Tennessee's first and only one of the day.
From there, it looked like it was Tennessee's game to lose, and sure enough, Henry ran it in from 29 yards out not long after.
Play of the game
A.J. Brown certainly has struggled over the past few weeks with dropped passes, but when he does catch the football, you better look out. He broke four tackles on this fourth-quarter touchdown, but it might as well have been 10. This was certainly one of the turning points of the game.
Just look at the Next Gen Stats. There is no way this should have been a touchdown!
Ryan Tannehill-A.J. Brown (14-yard TD)— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 22, 2020
➤ Yards After Catch: 9
➤ YAC Over Expected: +6
➤ Touchdown Probability: 11.1%
A.J. Brown: +373 yards after catch over expected (YACOE) since 2019, most in the NFL in that span#TENvsBAL | #Titans pic.twitter.com/H25uL0chrP
Bad blood recap
This matchup was certainly chippy, and the antics started even before the opening kick. Before Sunday's conference clash, the Titans' team was seen gathering at the Ravens' logo, and a couple of players started barking at Baltimore's sideline. Harbaugh clearly took offense to this and ran out to midfield to confront the players. Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler then stepped towards the coach and started directing his ire towards Harbaugh. Other coaches broke up the spirited debate, and cooler heads ended up prevailing.
After Jackson's 31-yard passing touchdown to Mark Andrews in the third quarter that extended the lead to double digits, the quarterback ran downfield and delivered a bit of a shoulder check to Butler in the end zone.
We aren't going to say this was some egregious act, but it does appear Jackson knew what he was doing. Additionally, after the game, it appeared Harbaugh was not interested in shaking Mike Vrabel's hand. Vrabel said after the game that he has a lot of respect for Harbaugh and that the Ravens coach didn't blow him off, but the video appears to tell a different story.
The Titans get a chance for revenge next Sunday, as they travel to take on the Indianapolis Colts. This is an important matchup, as it could end up deciding the AFC South. As for the Ravens, they will be on a short week. They are set to play the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving.