Titans Feast on Lions in 47-10 Blowout

It's Thanksgiving, and I really just want to stop thinking about this team right now, so let's get right into the recap of the Titans' 47-10 blowout of the Lions.

1st Quarter

  • On the second play of the game, Shaun McDonald fumbled after picking up 5 yards on a catch. Tennessee's Kyle Vanden Bosch recovered the fumble, giving the Titans the ball at the Lions' 34-yard line.
  • After Brandon Jones ran for 28 yards on a reverse, Chris Johnson ran into the end zone untouched to get the blowout started. Only four plays into this game and the Lions were already trailing 7-0.
  • The Lions did manage to get in field goal range before their next drive stalled. Jason Hanson nailed a kick from 53 yards away to tie Morton Anderson's record for the most made field goals from 50 yards out.
  • Chris Johnson ran for another touchdown when the Titans got the ball back. On the fourth play of the drive, Johnson ran for 58 yards and another TD on 3rd and 5. He had a huge hole opened up by the Titans' offensive line and simply outran Lions defenders to find the end zone.
  • After the Lions and Titans traded punts, Daunte Culpepper completed a pass for a touchdown. Unfortunately the pass was completed to a Titans player. He was under pressure as he dropped back on a screen play and got rid of the ball. Problem is he threw it right to Tennessee's Dave Ball, who picked the pass off and ran it back 15 yards for a touchdown. The Titans now led 21-3.
  • The Lions went three and out yet again, and Nick Harris shanked a punt. It went only 13 yards, giving the Titans the ball at Detroit's 31-yard line.

2nd Quarter

  • It took only four plays for the Titans to find the end zone yet again. LenDale White got the handoff and plowed his way into the end zone for a gain of 6 yards.
  • Following another Lions punt, the Titans were pinned back at their own 9 thanks to a penalty on the return. All this meant was that Tennessee would get better stats once they scored again. That's exactly what happened, as LenDale White scored again, this time from 2 yards out, to cap off a 15-play, 91-yard drive. The Titans ran 8:25 off the clock during the drive and now led 35-3.
  • After another three and out, the Lions did catch a break. Kerry Collins dropped back and was hit by Cliff Avril. Avril forced a fumble and picked the ball up and returned it down to the 2-yard line. It looked like he got closer to the goal line than the 2-yard line, but the Lions had a great chance to score nonetheless.
  • On the second play of the drive, Daunte Culpepper completed a pass to a wide open Michael Gaines for a touchdown. This would be the last time the Lions scored in this game, and they trailed 35-10, which is what the scoreboard read at halftime.

3rd Quarter

  • The Titans opened up the second half by adding to their lead on 49-yard Rob Bironas field goal.
  • After the two teams traded punts for the next three drives, Bironas kicked another field goal, this time from 41 yards out.
  • The Lions' offense went three and out again to close out the third quarter.

4th Quarter

  • The Titans went three and out for a change but got the ball right back on the punt. Adam Jennings, who was signed earlier this month by the Lions, let the ball hit right off of his hands and a Tennessee player fell right on it for the recovery.
  • The punt led to a 45-yard Bironas field goal, putting the Titans ahead 44-10.
  • Following another Lions three and out, Bironas kicked his fourth field goal of the game. This one was from 43 yards out and gave the Titans a 47-10 lead.
  • Drew Henson came in for the Lions' last drive of the game and completed one pass to Calvin Johnson for a gain of 20 yards. Johnson made the catch over two Titans defenders and barely got two feet down inbounds. Jeff Fisher decided to challenge the play, even though there were only a few minutes left. The play stood, which was good news for Henson, as he got on the stat sheet in a positive way.

    After an incomplete pass, Henson was sacked on second and third down. He fumbled on both sacks, but the Lions recovered the ball each time.
  • Tennessee got the ball back and ran out the clock to make their 47-10 win official. The Lions have never given up this many points on Thanksgiving, so they are continuing to set records of futility.

This game was an embarrassment from start to finish. The Lions got outplayed on offense, defense, and special teams and are now 0-12. The Lions have only had this bad of a record once before in the history of the franchise. In 2001 they started 0-12 before beating the Vikings in the 13th game of the season. That is who the Lions play next week, so hopefully there will be a similar result this year.

Kickoff for the Vikings game is set for 1 p.m. on FOX. There is no chance that this will be on TV locally since it is at Ford Field, so make sure to check out Pride of Detroit during the game for live updates. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving and try to forget about the Lions.

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