The Houston Texans came into Nashville on Sunday atop the standings in the AFC South and looking to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Tennessee Titans. When they left they had not only handled their business but left the Titans season of ruin in even more disary than anyone could have imagined.
The Titans had never been shutout inside their East Bank home stadium, and avoided that fate when Zach Mettenberger connected with Tre McBride on a two-yard touchdown pass with just 1:31 remaining in the game to avoid the shutout. .
Journeyman quarterback Brandon Weeden, who started the season with Dallas but was released by the quarterback needy Cowboys engineered a >>>>>>>>>> blowout win over the Titans in a game where the Titans were never in it.
It was the first time since week seven of the season that the Texans scored over 25 points in a game. The Titans did their part to show the visiotrs their holiday spirit, giving the visitors two first quarter turnovers and an early 10-0 Texans advantage as Quinton Demps returned an Antonio Andrews 33 yards for a touchdown on the Titans first possession of the game.
Nick Novack added a 22 yard field goal in the opening quarter to stake the Texans to that advantage, but it was the Texans first offensive touchdown of the day that encapsulated the day and the Titans season.
Trailing 10-0 with the Texans driving at the Titans seven yardline, the Titans defense had an opportunity to hold the Texans to a field goal, but inexplicably the Titans allowed the very immoble Weeden to run the football into the end zone for the touchdown. Titans safety Michael Griffin was at the goalline but hesitated and did not attempt to move forward to stop Weeden.
The Texans went into the half leading 17-0 whiloe holding an almost five minute advantage in time of possession in the first half.
The second half was more of the same as the Texans first drive of the second half ended with a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown reception that pushed the lead to 24-0 and costed to the win over a team in the Titans that looked like they finally gave up on this season.
For the game, Weeden finished the day 15 of 24 for 220 ayrds and two scores, one each to Hopkins and former Titan Nate Washington.
Mettenberger finished the afternoon 27 of 51 for 234 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Rookie running back David Cobb led the Titans on the gorund with 18 yards on seven attemtps.
The Titans concluded their home season with the loss to Houston and will go on the road next SUnday to conclude the season against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.