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Both offenses were stuck in the mud all game. The Titans defense sacked Joe Burrow nine times, but he was able to overcome the pressure to throw for 348 yards.
On the other side, Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions, including one late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Bengals to move into field goal range for the game-winning kick.
The Bengals move on to play either Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills for next week's AFC Championship Game. The Titans, who were the AFC's No. 1 seed, will be watching next week from with the rest of us.
When Burrow was able to get the ball off, he recorded an 85.3% adjusted completion rate, but his average depth was just 4.2 yards.
|Quarterback||YPA||ADOT||Sacks||Average Time to Throw||Play-Action Rate|
Joe Mixon was bottled up throughout the game, gaining just 54 rushing yards from 14 carries — 24 of those yards came after contact. He also forced three missed tackles. He was targeted out of the backfield quite a bit, as he caught six of his seven targets for 51 yards.
Wide receivers/Tight ends
Burrow targeted Tee Higgins the most, as he led Cincinnati's receivers with nine targets. He finished with seven receptions for 96 receiving yards. Ja’Marr Chase accrued five catches for 109 receiving yards — 94 of which came after the catch. Higgins and Chase were the only two pass catchers who generated more than two yards per route run.
Isaiah Prince didn't allow a pressure, but the rest of Cincinnati's offensive line was dicey. Jonah Williams allowed five pressures and two sacks, Hakeem Adeniji allowed four pressures and three sacks while Quinton Spain and Trey Hopkins each allowed a sack.
Cincinnati's defensive line did not record a sack, but B.J. Hill generated three pressures while Trey Hendrickson recorded two. D.J. Reader clogged up the middle against the run, finishing with four run stops.
Logan Wilson posted two defensive stops against the run while also intercepting a pass. He was targeted three times and gave up two catches for just eight yards and zero first downs.
Chidobe Awuzie was targeted eight times and gave up five catches for 137 yards — all five receptions went for either a first down or touchdown. On the other side, Eli Apple allowed two catches from three targets for 19 yards.
When Tannehill threw down the field, the team moved the ball, but he struggled a bit on shorter throws.
|Running Back||Carries||Yards||Yards After Contact||Missed Tackles Forced||Explosive Runs|
Wide receivers/Tight ends
A.J. Brown went off, finishing with five receptions from nine targets for 142 receiving yards. Tennessee's second-most targeted receiver was Julio Jones, who posted six receptions from seven targets for 62 receiving yards. Brown finished with 5.62 yards per route run while Jones generated 2.58.
Four Titans defensive linemen generated more than three pressures while six recorded at least a half-sack.
|Harold Landry III||1.5||6|
Midseason addition Zach Cunningham accrued three run stops. He was also targeted four times but allowed three catches for just 15 yards and zero first downs.
Jackrabbit Jenkins allowed four catches from six targets for 49 yards. Amani Hooker had a diving interception and allowed just six yards on one completion throughout the game. Kristian Fulton allowed four catches for 93 yards from five targets.