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Key Coaching Decision #1: (TEN ball, trailing 7-3 / first-and-10 TEN 20 / 0:41 Q2)
• The Titans had the ball here and rather than take it into the locker room as they were backed up, the Titans were aggressive and tried to take a shot deep down the middle of the field in an effort to score late in the half and cut into the Eagles’ lead. The Marcus Mariota pass was intercepted by Eagles rookie safety Avonte Maddox, who returned the ball to the Titans 17-yard line.
• Jake Elliott kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it a 10-3 lead for the defending Super Bowl champions at halftime.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (TEN ball, trailing 17-10 / fourth-and-1 PHI 26 / 12:04 Q4)
• Down seven points, the Titans successfully converted on fourth down with a Mariota pass to Dion Lewis. The Titans moved the ball to the Eagles 15-yard line and Ryan Succop kicked a 33-yard field goal to make it a 17-13 game. This was a risky move, as they were already in decent field goal range. Not converting could have ended the Titans’ chances to win the game.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (PHI ball, trailing 20-17 / fourth-and-1 PHI 42 / 2:59 Q4)
• The Eagles drive stalled, but Doug Pederson — knowing he had three timeouts — had enough faith in the defense to punt with 2:59 remaining at their own 42 yard line and down three points, with the hope of getting the ball back and an opportunity to score. A 58 yard Eagles punt resulted in a touchback.
• The Eagles defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out and the Titans punted with 1:54 left from their own 27 yard line. Newly re-signed DeAndre Carter took the punt from the Eagles’ 19-yard line, 42 yards to the Titans’ 39-yard line. The Eagles then drove the ball to the Titans’ 12 where their drive stalled and they were forced to kick a field goal to make it 20-20 and to send the game to overtime.
• It took belief in the defense to give up the ball with the possibility of not getting it back while facing a three-point deficit.
Key Coaching Decision #4: (TEN ball, trailing 23-20 / fourth-and-2 PHI 32 / 1:17 OT)
• The Titans were down 23-20 with 1:17 remaining in overtime. They faced the option of attempting a 49-yard field goal or attempting a fourth-down conversion. A miss here would end the game. Make the FG and the Eagles would get the ball back with just over a minute and one timeout left with a chance top win it. Titans kicker Ryan Succop was 3 of 4 from the 40-49 range in 2018 and 74 of 94 (39 of 47 with Tennessee) in his career.
• The Titans passed on the FG try and converted a first down here with a 17-yard pass from Mariota to Dion Lewis to set up a first down at the Eagles 15-yard line. This set up the possibility for the Titans winning score, the 10-yard pass from Mariota to Corey Davis.
• This was the third of three fourth-down conversions for the Titans on this final drive.
The prior fourth-down conversions were on fourth-and-15 from their own 31-yard line and fourth-and-4 from the Eagles 44-yard line.
• With Rishard Matthews released during the week, there was an expectation that the Titans passing game would suffer slightly. Rather, the passing game flourished and it gave the Titans wide receivers an opportunity to step up, specifically 2017 first-round pick Corey Davis. Davis finished with nine catches for 161 yards, including the game-winning touchdown catch. The Titans finished with 344 yards passing. Running back Dion Lewis also was tied with Davis for the team high in receptions (9).
• Despite success in the passing game, the Titans offense did not generate points from after their first drive (11:22 in first quarter) until 9:18 in the third quarter.
• The Titans ran for only 70 yards. The leading rusher was quarterback Marcus Mariota, who ran for 46 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Henry ran eight times for 24 yards, while Lewis had no yards on four carries. Tennessee would most assuredly like to see Mariota run less in their offense. While they had a hard time establishing the ground game, the Titans were successful in establishing the play-action pass game because of their efforts.
• The Titans have allowed no points in the first quarter of their first four games.
• Titans defense sacked Carson Wentz four times and hurried him into throws at other times. Tennessee blitzed often, especially on third down. The Titans made Wentz’s life difficult.
• The return of Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the signing of WR Jordan Matthews has cut into the Eagles “13” personnel (one running back and three tight ends) sets.
• Tennessee targeted the Eagles deep. Similarly, Philadelphia went after Malcolm Butler deep as well.
• It is important to note that the Eagles led 10-3 at the half, and a 17-3 lead midway through the third quarter.