Another Sunday means another loss for the @Tennessee Titans, this time at the hands of the New England Patriots as the Patriots handed the Titans their eleventh loss of the season in the 30-16 win at Gillette Stadium..
While the loss was disappointing, the bigger news might be the injury to Marcus Mariota who went down with a right knee injury following a sack in the second quarter. He was fitted for several knee braces but the decision was made to hold him out the remainder of the game and allow Zach Mettenberger to finish the game.
Mariota was just 3 of 6 for 32 yards before the injury. Mariota fumbled once when he was hit from behind on the throwing hand by Chandler Jones as he was attempting to go deep to Harry Douglas. The fumble was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Akiem Hicks to give New England a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Patriots got off to a quick start as they turned their opening possession into an 11 play, 7 yard drive that ended with a 5-yard Rob Gronkowski touchdown catch. Tom Brady was 7 of 7 for 70 yards and the touhdown pass on that drive.
Ryan Succop accounted for the only Titans points of the first half when he split the uprights from 49 yards away in the second quarter to spoil the shutout. The score was set up when Phillip Supernaw stripped Patriots punt returner Danny Amendola near the Patriots 20 yardline. Cody Riggs recovered for the Titans.
Mettenberger was impressive as he lead the Titans on their first touchdown drive of the game in the third quarter to trim the Patriots lead to 24-10. Mettenberger completed the 7 play 59 yard scoring drive with a 7 yard strike to tight end Delanie Walker.
Mettenberger would add another scoring pass to Walker when the two connected for a 57 yard pass and run that pulled the Titans to withing 27-16 after Succop missed the extra point wide right.
The Patriots would add two more Stephen Gostkowski field goals, giving him four on the day ( 43,38, 42 and 32 yard) to push the lead out of reach for the Titans.
For the game, Mettenberger finished 20 of 28 for 242 yards with two touchdowns but two costly interceptions including one in the endzone that could have pulled the Titans to within a touchdown of the Patriots in the fourth quarter.
Titans rookie receiver Dorial Green-Beckham had another big day with six receptions for 113 yards while Walker added two receptions for 64 yards and two scores.
The Titans struggled once again to run the football as they managed 59 yards on 21 rushing attempts. Antonio Andrews lead the rushing attack with 14 carries for 45 yards.
The Titans defense held the Patriots to 93 yards rushing but Tom Brady was his usual self, completing 23 of 35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans (3-11) return home next Sunday to face the Houston Texans to close the home portion of the schedule and end their season in two weeks when they visit Indianapolis to face the Colts.