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Titans Fall and Can't Get Up to Keep Panthers Undefeated


By Ashley Braun, Sports Correspondent

for The Mid-South Tribune

and the Black Information Highway

NASHVILLE, TN, November 17, 2015 -After beating the Saints and getting their second win of the season, with the help of interim head coach Mike Mularkey, the Titans were hoping to continue the momentum on Sunday against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers scored on their opening drive of the game and took an early 7 point lead over Tennessee. The Titans, however, answered on their next possession. Mariota connected with Delanie Walker for a gain of 21 yards. Mariota then ran the ball himself for a gain a 5 yards followed by a gain of 9 yards. Antonio Andrews gained another 6 yards for the Titans before Mariota connected with Anthony Fasano who gained another 19 yards. This set Dexter McCluster up on the next play for a 25-yard touchdown run.

Despite the defensive efforts, Carolina answered with yet another touchdown. Cam Newton tossed a short pass to Ed Dickson who ran 1 yard into the end zone giving the panthers a 14-7 lead over the Titans.

Tennessee answered yet again. This time, however, it was Ryan Succop with a 45-yard field putting the Titans within 4 points at end of the first half.

Unlike the first half where we saw 4 back-to-back scoring drives, the second half started slow.  The third quarter was scoreless until the final seconds when Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal, progressing the Panthers' lead to 17-10.

Gano added another field goal on Carolina's first possession of the fourth quarter. The 19-yard field put the Panthers up by 10 with just over 9 minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the Titans went 3 and out on their next possession, giving the ball back to Carolina. Cam Newton advanced the ball 62 yards in 9 plays before running the ball 2 yards into the end zone where his celebration dance caused quite a scene both during and after the game.

Newton's touchdown gave Panthers a 27-10 lead which would end up being the final score of the game. Carolina advanced to 9-0 and remained one of two undefeated teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots being the other. Tennessee's record fell to 2-7 and look to face to the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) on Thursday night.

Game Notes:
The Titans defense sacked Cam Newton 5 times for a total loss of 33 yards. Three of which came on consecutive plays.
Brian Orakpo notched his third consecutive game with a sack.
Justin Hunter fractured his right ankle and will be out the rest of the season along with Jason McCourty (groin).
Brett Kern set a season high with a 51.8 yard average on five punts against the Panthers.
Tennessee set a season low of only 4 penalties resulting in just 30 yards.







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