by Terry McCormick
The Tennessee Titans maintained a share of first place in the AFC South, winning what could be described as a prize fight, holding off the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, 13-10, Sunday.
The Titans jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half and held on as the Broncos rallied. The Titans defense, which had carried the team all game long, came up with one more big play at the end to seal the victory and push the team’s record to 7-6.
Linebacker Avery Williamson held up A.J. Derby on a reception and a hit from safety Rashad Johnson jarred the ball free, where Daimion Stafford pounced on it.
The win came despite struggles from Marcus Mariota, who completed just 6 of 20 passes for 88 yards against the vaunted Broncos defense.
The Titans dominated the first half, holding the football for 20:19 and putting up 10 first-quarter points, first with a 1-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray and later a 53-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, who was later add a 41-yarder in the second quarter.
It was Tennessee’s rushing attack that picked up the slack on offense, going for 180 yards overall, with Murray leading the way with 92 yards on 21 carries.