San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The last time the Titans/Oilers franchise won a game against the Chargers, they had a University of Washington quarterback named Warren Moon under center. It's been that long.
In a thrilling shootout, both Philip Rivers and Jake Locker picked apart the other's defense. Both quarterbacks saw a lot of pressure, but the difference-maker was the Titans' run game.
In the end, Locker led the Titans on a game winning drive in one minute and fifty seconds, putting them ahead of the Chargers for the first time in the game. The Chargers failed at a hail Mary attempt, giving the Titans their second win of the season.
The Titans are now 2-1, with their only loss coming on the road, in overtime, against the defending division champion.
Final Score: Chargers 17, Titans 20
To review Jake Locker's game:
That was only Locker's second career game-winning drive. His last also came in Week 3, also at LP Field against the Lions.
Locker completed 62 percent of his passes, well over his previous average of the season, 56 percent.
Locker also had a great day on the ground with five rushes for 68 yards, three first downs, and a touchdown.
Locker continues through the season without a turnover. At this point last season, he had four turnovers.
After a very entertaining series of lateral passes, the Chargers finally drop the ball, ending the game.
It also ends a streak that San Diego has had on Tennessee since before they even moved from Texas to Tennessee.
To put it in perspective, the last time the Titans franchise beat the Chargers, they were the Oilers, and they were quarterbacked by Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who coincidentally, graduated from the University of Washington, just like Locker.
Jake Locker throws a perfectly placed ball to Justin Hunter in the endzone for a touchdown, giving the Titans what may be a game-winning lead.
The Chargers will have 15 seconds to respond. Rivers is no slouch, and they have two timeouts. Stranger things have happened.
The Titans barely avoid what would have been a game ending interception.
I don't like seeing this many passes to midfield with so little time left and no timeouts.
The Titans grab their 12th penalty of the day, if you count the earlier penalty that offset. I hope the three yard return was worth it.
As much as the defense has improved from last year, the special teams unit looks to have gone in the opposite direction. Penalty after penalty has made the offense have to start pinned back behind the 10 yard line several times now.
The announcers are apparently only just now realizing that DJ Fluker isn't playing. I think they've given him credit for four or five good blocks so far, and those are tough to make from the sideline.
The Chargers are doing exactly what they want to do, moving the ball methodically down the field.
The Titans have one timeout remaining and a four point deficit to make up, so they really need to stop the Chargers here. When the Titans get the ball again, it'll be four down territory.
Locker loses the ball to a strip, but the Titans manage to recover it.
An incomplete pass to Delanie Walker in the endzone brings up fourth down, and the Titans settle for a field goal. They have time, but they can't let the Chargers score in this coming drive.
The Titans elect to go for it on fourth and three, and Locker completes a beautiful pass to Nate Washington to keep them on the field.
Kenny Britt has been thrown to, but he's yet to contribute in any real way today.
Locker has looked fantastic this game. Despite the challenge failing, Locker gets the first down anyway.
Mike Munchak uses his second challenge after losing one earlier, both involve whether or not Nate Washington had possession.
Looking at the replays, it looks to me like Washington had control, but I don't know if it's clear enough to overturn what the refs saw initially, so I see the ruling standing, but not being confirmed.
The Titans' 11th penalty ends up offsetting, but even not counting it, they have 10 penalties for 110 yards against them so far this game.
Jurrell Casey bats away a pass to make the Chargers punt. The Titans will start at the 38 yard line down by seven.
They've been good on offense so far, but something always comes along to stall the drives. They need to take advantage of what the defense has given them here if they want to stay in the game.
Ryan Mathews gets tackled for a loss by Bernard Pollard, then gets off a short run, bringing up third and long for the Chargers. Rivers takes a time out just before the clock expires to avoid the delay of game penalty, which would've backed them up almost to their endzone.
Kendall Wright gets away from the first defender and adds a little after the run, but it's not enough to make up for the yards lost on the sack and the tackle for loss, forcing the Titans to punt.
Nate Washington continues to be Locker's favorite target as Locker completes another first down to him.
Johnson hit hard behind the line of scrimmage by Johnny Patrick for a loss of five yards.
That's Locker's fourth first down run of the day. The Titans talked a lot in the offseason about having more designed runs this season, but this is the first game where Locker has run more than a couple of times.
Finishing drives is looking like it might be a problem for the Titans again this season. Two otherwise great looking drives have sputtered at the end. We'll see if that changes this drive, now that the Chargers have retaken the lead.
After two unsuccessful attempts, the Chargers finally get into the end zone, and the extra point puts the Chargers up by seven.
Huge pass by Rivers puts the Chargers right in the red-zone again. Rivers looks unstoppable when he has time.
Mathews with an impressive second effort getting him the first down. I thought the Titans' defense had him swallowed up at the line, but he kept chugging forward.
The refs didn't agree with Mike Munchak, so now the Titans will make a field goal attempt.
Bironas makes a rare miss, keeping the score tied up.
I don't know what they said differently in the locker room from pregame, but the Titans are looking fantastic on this drive. Johnson is churning up yards and Locker is completing pass after pass.
Nate Washington almost made an impressive play there, and the Titans are challenging it. If the play gets reversed, it ought to set the Titans up with first and goal.
Moise Fokou tackles....you guessed it, Danny Woodhead, to bring up a fourth down for the Chargers.
Titans will take the ball after a very short 23 yard punt by the Chargers.
Runs and passes are all going to Danny Woodhead right now. I guess if it keeps working, there's no reason to change it.
Antonio Johnson comes close to sacking Rivers. Hard to tell if Rivers got the ball off first.
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