Lost opportunities, lost players — another Titans loss to San Diego

Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 7:25pm
Staff reports

Penalties cost the Tennessee Titans more than yards on Sunday. A player and a touchdown also were lost to violations.

Then starting quarterback Vince Young was lost to a left leg injury with just over six minutes remaining.

Not surprisingly, the Titans once again lost to the San Diego Chargers, this time 33-25 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Chargers have won the last eight in the series – a streak that dates back to 1992 – and remained the only NFL team Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher has not beaten.

Kerry Collins drove the Titans to the San Diego 15 in the final minutes. With 37 seconds to go Chris Johnson dropped a fourth-down pass that ended the threat.

Collins was 8-for-15 52 yards. Young was 10-for-21 for 253 yards and two touchdowns before he was hurt.

It looked as if Tennessee (5-3) extended a two-point, third quarter lead when Michael Griffin intercepted a pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. The takeaway was nullified by a holding call against Griffin.

Two plays later – a 36-yard run by Mike Tolbert and a 48-yard touchdown reception by Antonio Gates – the Chargers led 24-19.

Gates’ touchdown was part of a run of 20 straight points that put San Diego (3-5) ahead to stay. The Titans ended the run on Nate Washington’s 71-yard touchdown reception with 11:53 remaining in the fourth quarter but missed on a game-tying two-point conversion.

Donnie Nickey was ejected with 11:35 to play when it was ruled he hit an official in the chest. It appeared Nickey took a swing at a San Diego player as he got up from the ground but instead struck referee Bill Levy.

Overall, the Titans were penalized 10 times for 80 yards, the most on both accounts since a Week 4 loss against Denver.

Washington had a team-high 117 receiving yards for Tennessee, which played most of the contest without leading receiver Kenny Britt, who left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Britt did not have a catch and lost his streak of five straight games with a touchdown reception

Johnson rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries. Much of that came on a 29-yard, start-one-way, go-the-other run.

3 Comments on this post:

By: jwk6179 on 11/1/10 at 12:38

Johnson rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries. Much of that came on a 29-yard, start-one-way, go-the-other run.

Is Chris Johnson STILL PREDICTING that he will get to 2500 this year? If he's LUCKY, he may get to 1500 yards. So is he GOING TO GIVE BACK PART OF HIS SALARY since he is UNLIKELY to get within a 1000 yards of his goal?

By: joe41 on 11/1/10 at 2:04

That penalty committed by Griffin cost us the game. That was a swing of 14 points and took away our momentum. I don't know how often he does it, but it didn't account for the interception. It was a costly error. Vince played well enough to win this game.

By: jwk6179 on 11/2/10 at 8:20

Michael Griffin was WHINNING in yesterday's Tennessean that the ONLY REASON he was called for holding was because of Antonio Gates' reputation around the league and there was NO WAY POSSIBLE that the REFS COULD SEE THE HOLD from where they were at. Yet when they SHOWED THE REPLAY DURING THE GAME, EVERYONE WATCHING could see Griffin holding on to the back of Gates' jersey. YOU GOT CAUGHT RED HANDED, MICHAEL GRIFFIN, so quit WHINNING ABOUT IT!!!!!