Titans come back from two-TD deficit to beat Eagles, move to 3-1
This is the game Tennessee Titans fans have been waiting for from Marcus Mariota.
The Titans trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and were down a field goal in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles. But Mariota, who had been in and out of the lineup because of an elbow injury through the early part of the season, turned in a tremendous effort to lead the Titans to a 26-23 victory over the defending champs.
Mariota converted two fourth downs on the game-winning drive in overtime, including a 19-yard completion to Taywan Taylor on 4th and 15. The Eagles also gifted Tennessee a fourth-down conversion on that drive with a defensive penalty. Mariota then capped the 75-yard drive with a 10-yard walk-off strike to Corey Davis to win it.
The Titans now are 3-1, taking three straight after dropping the opener to the Miami Dolphins. It’s the first time they’ve opened the season at 3-1 or better since 2013, although that season ended in a 7-9 disappointment. It’s unclear how this season will fare for Tennessee, but the team now has people talking a little bit after a statement win.
Mariota completed 30-of-43 passes for 344 yards with two TDs and a pick. He also ran 10 times for 46 yards and a score. Two of Mariota’s scrambled for 24 yards came in OT, including a massive 17-yarder on 3rd and 19 to help convince head coach Mike Vrabel to go for it on fourth.
Everything Vrabel is doing now is working out.
The Eagles have had a struggle as they’ve dropped to 2-2. Both of their losses have come on the road, and all four of their games have been decided by six points or fewer. They got Alshon Jeffery back from injury, and he scored a touchdown in an eight-catch, 105-yard season debut. Carson Wentz (33-of-50 passing, 348 yards, two TDs) was strong, but the Eagles only could muster six points in the final 32 minutes of game action.
If Mariota is back and can string together more performances like he did Sunday, perhaps Tennessee needs to he taken for real. The Titans have now clamped down defensively when they’ve needed to the past three games and could have quite the little formula going here this season.