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Tennessee Titans: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction vs San Diego Chargers

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Tennessee Titans: Studs, Duds, Grades and Reaction vs Chargers

Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) slips a tackle attempt by San Diego Chargers cornerback Johnny Patrick (26) during the first half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Chargers 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Locker
Locker wasn’t perfect. He was good enough when it mattered most. Locker completed 23-of-37 for 299 yards with one passing touchdown. Add on five carries for 68 yards and a designed seven-yard touchdown run? Not a bad game.

What made him stud-worthy was his 10-play, 94-yard game-winning touchdown drive with 2:05 remaining. It almost ended in disaster when Delanie Walker dropped a pass and it bounced into the air for a possible interception. Fortunately, Walker broke it up. The drive continued.

All Titans enthusiasts needed to see this type of drive from Locker. He came through in the clutch. Because of that, the Titans improved to 2-1.

Nate Washington
Locker needed a wide receiver to step up. That’s what Washington did. Washington had eight receptions for 131 yards. He almost had another deep reception but he couldn’t keep both feet inbounds. Locker was targeting him all day in an effort to pick up key first downs.

Justin Hunter
Hunter made his first career NFL reception when he caught the game-winning 34-yard touchdown with 15 seconds remaining. Earlier in the game, Hunter dropped a pass when it appeared like he was interfered in the end zone. During that last drive, Hunter was on the field while Kenny Britt was watching from the sideline.

Defense
It wasn’t any individual player who stood out. Excluding the first drive, the entire group played solid football with the exception of some penalties. They held Philip Rivers to fewer than 200 passing yards. They did surrender a touchdown and a couple other big receptions to tight ends.

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