The Titans offense struggled early on the first two drives but a couple of nice scrambles by Jake Locker got the momentum going and kept them in the game. Chris Johnson also had a good game running the ball. He had 90 yards on 19 carries. Penalties continued to be a problem for Tennessee. The Titans gave up 116 yards with 11 penalties.
The Chargers lack of talented depth was on display today. The starting offensive line-up at the beginning of the game was (from left to right) King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart, Nick Hardwick, Jeromy Clary, and filling in for D.J Fluker was Michael Harris. At the end of the 4th quarter the offensive line was Michael Harris, Jonnie Troutman, Nick Hardwick, Rich Ohrnberger, and Jeromy Clary.
The Chargers’ defense was also gassed by the time the 4th quarter came around. Just like in the previous two games, the defense kept getting gashed by the rushing attack and kept he Chargers’ efficient offense off the field.
The game came down to the fourth quarter where Jake Locker was able to drive down the field with less than two minutes left and throw a 34-yard touchdown to rookie Justin Hunter to put the Titans up 20-17 and unofficially ice the game.
The Chargers had the chance to lock the game away a couple plays before the touchdown. A tipped pass fell right into cornerback Marcus Gilchrist’s hands but he decided he wanted to keep playing and let the ball fall right through his hands.
This was the Titans first win over the Chargers in 9 attempts. The Chargers now fall to 1-3 and the Titans go up to 2-1.