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Titans shake off slow start, push past Broncos

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Nov 13, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pressured by Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) in the second quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Tannehill was 19-of-36 passing for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had five receptions for 119 yards and two scores and the Tennessee Titans rallied to defeat the Denver Broncos 17-10 at Nashville on Sunday.

Derrick Henry was held to 53 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Titans (6-3).

Russell Wilson was 21-of-42 passing for 286 yards, a TD to rookie Jalen Vigil and an interception for Denver (3-6). The Broncos played most of the game without wide receiver Jerry Jeudy after a left ankle injury on Denver’s first offensive snap of the game.

The Broncos, coming off a bye week after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars at London on Oct. 30, finally ended a scoreless game following nine straight punts. On third-and-6 from his own 34 Wilson found Virgil wide open down the left sideline, and he finished off a 66-yard TD on his first NFL catch to give Denver a 7-0 lead with 8:21 left in the second quarter.

Tennessee went three-and-out on the next possession and the Broncos drove to the Titans’ 21 before settling for a 39-yard field goal from Brandon McManus for a 10-0 advantage.

Tennessee was finally able to sustain a drive on the ensuing possession. Tannehill led the Titans down the field on a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped by his 9-yard touchdown pass to Westbrook-Ikhine with 12 seconds left in the half.

The teams traded punts to open the third quarter before Tennessee struck quickly on its second possession of the second half.

Tannehill handed the ball off to Henry, who pitched it back to Tannehill. The QB hit Westbrook-Ikhine with a 63-yard TD pass to give the Titans a 14-10 lead.

The Broncos got a break when they recovered Malik Willis’ fumble at their own 34 midway through the fourth quarter but couldn’t move the ball and punted for the ninth time on the day.

Tannehill connected with Chigoziem Okonkwo on a 41-yard pass to set up Randy Bullock’s 35-yard field goal with 2:59 left.

Denver drove to the Tennessee 21 in the final minute but a sack on third down and a goal-line interception by Terrance Mitchell sealed the victory.

–Field Level Media