Titans deliver hammer blow to Packers’ playoff hopes


Green Bay rookie Christian Watson scored two touchdowns, following his three-TD outing in Sunday’s overtime win over Dallas; watch the NFL live on Sky Sports on Sundays at 6pm – Week 11 triple-header kicks off with Eagles @ Colts, followed by Cowboys @ Vikings and Chiefs @ Chargers

Last Updated: 18/11/22 7:23am

Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against Green Bay Packers from week 11 of the NFL season

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Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against Green Bay Packers from week 11 of the NFL season

Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against Green Bay Packers from week 11 of the NFL season

Ryan Tannehill tossed two touchdowns, while running back Derrick Henry also threw a touchdown pass to go with a rushing score, as the visiting Tennessee Titans beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 27-17 on Thursday night.

Tennessee (7-3) won for the seventh time in eight games, prevailing behind a disciplined defense and an opportunistic attack that thrived through the air, with Tannehill finishing 22-of-27 for 333 yards.

The second of Tannehill’s two touchdowns came with the first play of the fourth quarter, extending Tennessee’s lead to 10, while the Titans’ defense stepped up down the stretch, forcing two punts and two turnovers on downs over the Packers’ final four possessions. It leaves Green Bay (4-7) having suffered a sixth loss in seven games – with boos heard round Lambeau Field at points during the game.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for 227 yards and a pair of scores to Christian Watson, fresh from his three-TD outing in Sunday’s overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys. It meant that Watson became the first Green Bay rookie with multiple TD catches in consecutive games since Max McGee in 1954.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons during their loss on Thursday night Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons during their loss on Thursday night

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons during their loss on Thursday night

Tennessee opened the scoring with a touchdown on the game’s first possession, the Titans capping a eight-play, 83-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Dontrell Hilliard.

Green Bay responded at the end of the quarter, with Rodgers’ first scoring strike to Watson coming on third-and-nine from the Tennessee 14-yard line – though the subsequent extra-point attempt was blocked, ensuring the Titans maintained a slender advantage.

The Titans too missed an extra-point kick following Henry’s three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper, which put Tennessee ahead 20-9 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.

Green Bay answered with an eight-yard TD pass from Rodgers to Watson, tacking on a two-point conversion, to trim the deficit to just three points at 20-17.

But, Tennessee zoomed down the field on the ensuing possession, capping a five-play, 63-yard drive with Tannehill’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Hooper.

The Green Bay defense, which allowed an average of 140.6 yards on the ground entering the night, held Henry to 87 yards on 28 carries. Tennessee, meanwhile, limited the Packers to 56 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Stats leaders

Titans

  • Passing: Ryan Tannehill, 22/27, 333 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Derrick Henry, 28 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD (and 1 passing TD)
  • Receiving: Treylon Burks, seven catches, 111 yards
  • Austin Hooper, four catches, 36 yards, 2 TDs

Packers

  • Passing: Aaron Rodgers, 24/39, 227 yards, 2 TDs
  • Rushing: Aaron Jones, 12 carries, 40 yards
  • Receiving: Randall Cobb, six catches, 73 yards
  • Christian Watson, four catches, 48 yards, 2 TDs

Rodgers: Packers’ season ‘is not over’

Packers quarterback, Aron Rodgers: “I think last week [win over Cowboys] showed us a lot, the possibilities. This week we didn’t play as complimentary in all three phases.

“We’ve got to play up to our potential. If we play up to our potential, we can win our last six games. I’m confident of that.

“The season is not over. There’s still six opportunities left. We’ve got a tough game, got to go to Philly. Hopefully we can use these few days to get a little healthy or refresh the mind, and then obviously we got to win these next games.”

[On boos from Green Bay home crowd]: “Interesting. That’s the best I can give you.”

Packers head coach, Matt LaFleur: “”Extremely disappointed right now to put on a performance like that.

“I don’t even know what to say. It was nothing like a few days ago, and that’s why you’re only as good as your last game and every time you step out on that field, you’ve got to go out and do it.

“That’s extremely disappointing, especially where we’re at in the season. Even when we are all on the same page, we’re not, quite frankly, executing to the level that we need to. That’s why we’re sitting here at frickin’ 4-7!”

What’s next?

Justin Jefferson and the Minnesota Vikings (8-1) – fresh from their sensational 33-30 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills in the game of the season – host the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) live on Sky Sports NFL on Sunday night, with the action getting under way at 9.25pm.

November 20, 2022, 6:00pm

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Prior to that one, the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1), having lost their tag as the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL with defeat to the Washington Commanders on Monday night, get the chance to return to winning ways with a visit to the Jeff Saturday-led Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1). This one kicks off at 6pm.

November 20, 2022, 9:15pm

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November 21, 2022, 1:10am

Live on

Rounding off the Sunday night action, we join our friends at NBC for Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football, with two of the best young quarterbacks in the game going head to head, as Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) host Patrick Mahomes and the Kanas City Chiefs (7-2) in a key AFC West battle – kick-off is at 1.20am, early on Monday morning.

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