DETROIT (WKRN) – It was a game littered with penalty flags, 29 combined from both teams, but the Titans outlasted the Lions getting their first win of the season 16-15.
The Lions started the scoring with a safety and after getting the ball back, Matthew Stafford took advantage of the situation. He led the Lions on an 8-play, 79 yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin for a 9-0 lead.
Having moved the ball a little bit, the Titans managed a 46-yard field goal by Ryan Succop on their next possession to cut the lead to 6.
Late in the second quarter, the Lions had a first goal from the 1 yard line but three straight penalties moved the ball back to the 26 and they had to settle for another field goal.
The Lions had one final chance to put some points on the board at the end of the half, but rookie Kevin Dodd registered the team’s first sack keeping the score at 12-3.
The second half started out slow as Marcus Mariota was picked off looking for a deep play to Tajae Sharpe.
After a Lions field goal, the Titans trailed 15-3 heading into the final quarter and that’s just where Mariota wanted to be.
He struck on the first play of the final quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker to make it a 5-point game.
Then trailing by 5 with under two minutes to play, Mariota led the Titans on a 13-play, 83-yard drive capped off with a go ahead touchdown to Andre Johnson that made it 16-15 with 1:13 to go in the game.
Mariota finished the game 25-33 for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with his earlier interception.
After registering 0 sacks and 0 turnovers last week, the Titans defense came to play with 3 sacks and the game sealing interception from cornerback Perrish Cox.
“I think it’s big for this team, you know we got a lot of young guys. For us to come in and get a win like we did today, I think we learned from that, we build off of that, we feed off of that and that gives us a great opportunity going into next week,” said tight end Delanie Walker.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota says Sunday’s game was a confidence booster for the team.
“We kind of dUg ourselves in a hole little bit, but I’m proud of those guys, credit to them. To stick in there and to fight, it’s going to be a huge confidence booster for us this season.”
The Titans move to 1-1 on the season and host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday at Nissan Stadium.