NFL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Tennessee|
(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: Tennessee 37, Philadelphia 19
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Kenny Britt's career day of 225 yards and
three touchdowns on seven receptions helped the Tennessee Titans pull off a
37-19 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kerry Collins, starting in place of an injured Vince Young, threw two
interceptions, lost a fumble and finished with 276 yards on 17-of-31 throws
for Tennessee (5-2), winners of three straight overall and 12 in a row against
Chris Johnson was held to 66 yards on 24 carries, but it was the Titans'
defense that came up big, forcing four turnovers and allowing just one first
down in a fourth quarter they won, 27-3.
"You have to find ways to win ball games, and we found a way to win the game
with 27 fourth-quarter points," said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, who is 4-0
in his career against the Eagles.
Kevin Kolb completed just 26-of-48 throws for 231 yards, one touchdown and two
interceptions, one of which Cortland Finnegan returned for a score to end a
miserable final quarter for the Eagles (4-3), who were vying for a three-game
David Akers, who missed three field goals in a win over Atlanta last week,
made all four of his attempts in the loss.
"We learned a crucial lesson from this; when you have the opportunity to put a
team away, you have to do it," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who confirmed
that Michael Vick will be the team's starting quarterback in its next game.
Vick has been sidelined the last three weeks with a rib injury.
The Eagles, as was the case throughout the game, stalled in the red zone early
in the fourth and settled for a 28-yard Akers field goal to push their lead to
On the next play from scrimmage, Collins found Britt behind the secondary en
route to an 80-yard TD hookup with 13:13 remaining in the game.
After forcing a three-and-out, Britt, who was reportedly in a bar fight on
Thursday and not in the starting lineup as a result, caught a 42-yard pass
to set up Rob Bironas' go-ahead 38-yard field goal.
Another quick punt gave the Titans the ball back at their own 47. After two
first downs, Collins found Britt in the middle of the end zone for a 16-yard
score and a 27-19 lead with 5:03 remaining.
Neither team gained a first down with its next series, but the Eagles' Jorrick
Calvin fumbled a punt at his 33-yard line with 3:37 remaining.
Tennessee ran off three-plus minutes and sealed the win with on a 33-yard
Bironas field goal. Finnegan put the finishing touches on the resounding
victory with a 41-yard interception return against lifeless opposition.
The Eagles won the field position battle in the first quarter and opened the
scoring in the second on Akers' 25-yard field goal 2:51 in. The visitors
converted three third down tries in the 14-yard, 45-yard scoring drive.
Both teams traded turnovers, as Collins lost a fumble in Eagles territory and
a rushed Kolb threw a deep pass that Michael Griffin picked off easily.
Griffin returned the interception 28 yards to the Philadelphia 45, and after a
roughing the passer penalty on Juqua Parker moved the chains on third down,
Britt caught a 26-yard touchdown pass over Ellis Hobbs at the 6:29 mark.
Kolb ran for 15 yards on 3rd-and-14 to keep the next Eagles drive alive, then
underthew Riley Cooper down the field on a reverse pass. The rookie wideout
came back for the ball and made a diving grab in front of Titans safety Chris
Hope at the Tennessee five. From that spot three plats later, Cooper caught a
pass across the middle at the two and took it in for his first TD.
The TD came after the two-minute warning, but a Tennessee three-and-out
resulted in a short field and the Eagles tacked on a 46-yard Akers field goal
for a 13-7 halftime lead.
Akers hit another 46-yarder 3:46 into the second half, and Asante Samuel gave
the Eagles the ball back at the Tennessee 41 by picking off an ill-advised
Collins pass. The Eagles moved the ball inside the five, but Jason Jones
disrupted a handoff between Kolb and McCoy, and Titans cornerback Alterraun
Verner recovered the fumble under a pile of players at the three.
A pass interference penalty on Hobbs got the Titans out of their own end zone,
and Britt's 34-yard catch down the left sideline preceded Bironas' 41-yard
field goal with 1:18 left in the third.
Griffin has made an interception in four straight games...Britt has caught a
touchdown in five straight contests...The Eagles, who have never beaten the
Titans after they moved from Houston, had won three straight road games this
season...LeSean McCoy gained 48 yards on 16 carries for the Eagles, who got a
team-high 60 yards on six catches from Jason Avant..Philadelphia is on its bye
next week, while Tennessee has a road tilt against San Diego.
10/24 18:49:36 ET