"He was still in bounds," Sherman said, per sportswriter John Glennon. "... It seems like the world is getting a lot softer in terms of the way it's officiated."
Sherman received a flag for unnecessary roughness on the play but remained in the game because the referees issued four offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties. Many on social media called for Sherman's ejection:
Fox Sports officiating expert Mike Pereira agreed with the officials' ruling:
The hit triggered a brief fracas between the two teams, with Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan getting in the face of Sherman.
The Titans had the last laugh. Mariota finished 20-of-32 for 225 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while the trio of Mariota, Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray combined to run for 196 yards and a touchdown.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, are sitting at 1-2 on the year. Seattle also started 1-2 in 2015, when it finished 10-6 and exited in the NFC divisional round.