A sloppy game with an incredible finish.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker led a 10-play, 94-yard touchdown drive with 2:05 remaining en route to a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Making his first career reception was Justin Hunter, who had the game-winning 34-yard touchdown catch with 15 seconds remaining. Hunter may have pushed off on the play but the referees didn’t call it. The officiating was rough at different times for both teams. The officials didn’t help with their lack of explanations for many calls.
The Titans won despite having 11 penalties for 116 yards. 10 penalties and more than 100 yards of that came in a first half that ended in a 10-10 tie. Locker finished 23-of-37 for 299 yards with a touchdown. Locker also had five carries for 68 yards with a touchdown. It was Locker’s third consecutive game without an interception, although he had some close calls. Chris Johnson had 19 carries for 90 yards.
Ugly day for special teams. The Titans had a lot of penalties on their return units. Both kickers missed make-able field goals. Chargers punter Mike Scifres whiffed on one of his punts. Titans punter Brett Kern dropped the snap on a punt. A lot of plays that one would expect from 0-2 teams, not 1-1. The wins helps the Titans improve to 2-1. The Chargers fall to 1-2.
More good news for the Titans: the Houston Texans suffered their first loss to the Baltimore Ravens, 30-9. Late afternoon games involving AFC South opponents include the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Check Titan Sized later today for player of the week voting and a more complete studs-and-duds analysis for the Titans.
SOURCES: ESPN Box Score.