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Titans defense gave team a chance to win, but bad play calling, execution doom them in loss.

The Tennessee Titans let another golden opportunity slip through their fingers on Sunday as they wasted a tremendous defensive effort in a 10-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Atlanta Falcons entered Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans having scored no less than 21 points in any game this season. They left Nashville with a new single game season low of 10 points, yet managed to walk off the field at Nissan Stadium with a 10-7 win.

It was a great effort by a Titans defense to limit the Falcons to just ten points, yet their offense struggled to produce enough points to find a much needed win and leaving them winless in a four game homestand.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger started in place of the injured Marcus Mariota and finished the afternoon 22 of 35 for 187 yards, with one touchdown and 2 interceptions.

Tight end Delanie Walker lead the Titans with nine receptions for 55 yards for the game.

The Titans running game, which was expected to be limited by a tough Falcons front seven, had a good game, rushing the football 16 times for 77 yards. That's an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.

Antonio Andrews lead the Titans with 10 carrys for 57 yards while Dexter McCluster added 20 yards on five carries. 

Titans got on the scoreboard first, when Mettenberger connected with reciever Kendall Wright on a 19 yard crossing route with 8:32 remaining in the second quarter. 

Atlana would answer with a Matt Bryant 27 yard field goal just before the half to send the Titans to the intermission with a 7-3 lead.

However, Atlanta would score the only points of the second half when quarterback Matt Ryan connected with his favorite target, receiver Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown wwith 5:56 remaining in third quarter.

Ryan finished the game 22 of 38 for 251 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Atlanta against a determined Titans defense. 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman carried the football 25 times for 116 yards, but his longest carry of the game was 19 yards.

Following the game, Titans tight end Anthony Fasano summed up the Titans season to this point in one comment.

"We're not playing winning football. There's some good thing going on, but the negatives, we're not able to overcome. It gets old for you guys, it gets old for the fans, and it gets old for us as well, but we just have to improve on the things we're not doing well," said Fasano

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