The Tennessee Titanskept it close in the first half, but the Carolina Panthers defense pitched a a second hlaf shutout in route to a 27-10 victory to reamin undefeated and improve to 9-0 on the season while Tennessee slipped to 2-7.
The Titans outgained Carolina 166 to 160 in total net yards in the first half, but still trailed 14-10 entering the third quarter. With the Titans were in position to challenge in the second half, a stout Panthers defense limited the Titans offens to just 76 total net yards in the second half to pull away.
In the first half, the Titans converted on four of seven on third down attempts, but were held to just two of five in the second half.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota finished the game 16 of 24 for a mere 185 yards with one interception and a quaterback rating of 72.4.
Carolina dominated the time of possession by by a large margin, possessiong the ball for 11:55 more than the Titans in the game. That's almost a full quarter in time of possession advantage.
In the first half Carolina controlled the football for 15:15 compared to the Titans with 14:45, a :30 second differential. However in the second half the Panthers controlled the football for 20:40 of the half compared to the Titans 9:20 of second half possession time.
The Titans possessed the football five times in the second half, three times their drives ended in Brett Kern punts and twice via turnovers.
The Panthers outgained the TItans for the game 303 to 242 yards as the Titans offense managed to rush for just 64 net yards in the game while passinf for 178 yards.
Antonio Andrews carried the football eleven times for just 8 yards versus the Panthers, while Dexter McCluster attempted three runs, gaining just 25 yards, with all 25 of those yards coming on his first half touchdown run.
For the game, the Titan ran the football 21 times, taking away the 25 yard McCluster touchdown run, the Titan ran the football 20 times for jsut 39 yards, or a 1.95 yard per carry average. Even with McClusters run, the Titans managed to average just 3.0 yards per rushing attempt.
While the Titans offense struggled in the second half, credit the Panthers defense with dominating the sec ond half to help improve their record to 9-0 for the season. The Titans fall to 2-7 and must turn around and face Jacksonville on the road on Thursday night.