the Tennessee Titans survived an unexpected surge in the second half of the Houston Texans and won their regular season finale by a final score of 28-25. In doing so, the Titans clinched the AFC’s No.1 seed, a first-round pass and a field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill played one of his best games of the season, completing 23 of 32 passing attempts for 287 yards while tying a career-high four touchdown throws. Tannetill regularly bought himself time in his pocket and made great decisions with football. He escaped the pressure, avoided potential defenders, stepped up the pocket and found his receivers. Tannehill played game after game while doing something he rarely does, and that creates some big plays in the Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes-style off-script passing game.
NFL Research is a great tool. Its advanced model often tells the story that core stats don’t, and one of this week’s reveal for the Titans is a startling revelation that really captures how great, effective the Titans’ passing offense was. and efficient (h / t on Broadway Sports’ Johnathan boren for revelation).
Sunday’s game marked only the second time in Titans franchise history that they had four players with over 50 receiving yards and one touchdown. Nick Westbrook had 78 yards and a touchdown, AJ Brown had 68 yards and a touchdown, Julio Jones had 58 yards and a touchdown, and Anthony Firkser had 56 yards and a touchdown.
The Titans last achieved such a feat on October 14, 1990 as the Houston Oilers when Drew Hill, Ernest Givins, Haywood Jeffries, and Leonard Harris did the same.
There have only been six such events to match this accomplishment in the past seven NFL seasons.
The 2020 Chiefs did it for the last time, when Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce did it against the Jets. The 2018 Rams (Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Todd Gurley), the 2018 Buccaneers (Chris Godwin, DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans and OJ Howard), the 2015 Saints (Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Ben Watson and Marques Colston) and 2014 The Steelers (Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Heath Miller and Markus Wheaton) did too.
Hope you enjoyed this statistic as much as I did.