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NFL Week 15 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 46, Detroit Lions 25

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) dives for a touchdown against Detroit Lions cornerback Alex Myres (43) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Gw44288

Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry turned in near-perfect performances to lead the Tennessee Titans to a convincing 46-25 win over the visiting Detroit Lions.

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STORY OF THE GAME

Tannehill completed 22-of-27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns (zero interceptions) and added another 21 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. On first review of the broadcast film, the former Texas A&M star finished the game with two big-time throws and one turnover-worthy play.

Henry continued his December dominance with 147 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground against Detroit. He averaged more than four yards per carry after contact across his 24 carries on the day.

Matthew Stafford & Co. simply couldn’t match the Titans’ offensive firepower. Stafford completed just 22-of-32 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown before being replaced by backup Chase Daniel in garbage time.

Rookie running back D’Andre Swift led the team in rushing with 67 yards and two scores, but the spark wasn’t enough to keep the Lions within arm’s reach of the Titans after the first quarter. Swift and second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson both lost fumbles in the game, as well.

Lions veteran receiver Marvin Jones Jr. stepped up big in Kenny Golladay’s absence with 10 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Opposite him, soon-to-be unrestricted free agent receiver Corey Davis led the Titans in receiving with four receptions for 110 yards and a score.

ROOKIE WATCH

Swift, receiver Quintez Cephus and guard Jonah Jackson all played more than 25 offensive snaps for Detroit on Sunday. Swift notched 82 total scrimmage yards and two touchdowns from 19 total touches (15 carries, 4 receptions). Cephus had just one long reception for 36 yards from three targets, and Jackson earned a slightly below average run-blocking grade and allowed one pressure on first review.

The only rookie with 25 or more snaps on the defensive side of the ball in this contest was Lions defensive tackle John Penisini. He recorded two defensive stops but also lost a handful of blocks in the run game en route to an underwhelming performance overall from the 2020 sixth-rounder.

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