Final

Titans 47

(11-1, 6-0 away)

Lions 10

(0-12, 0-6 home)

Coverage: CBS

12:30 PM ET, November 27, 2008

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 21 14 6 647
DET 3 7 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: D. Culpepper (DET) - 134 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 16 CAR, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 5 REC, 66 YDS

RBs Johnson, White help Titans crush winless Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Tennessee Titans wanted to re-establish the run to get back on track after losing for the first time.

The Detroit Lions were very accommodating.

Fast Facts

• The Lions allowed the most points on Thanksgiving in team history as they fell to 0-12, tying the franchise record for the worst start to a season set in 2001. It was also the largest margin of defeat for the Lions in their Thanksgiving history.

•  The Titans rushed for 292 yards a week after rushing for only 45 in a loss to the Jets. Teammates Chris Johnson (125) and LenDale White (106) become the third set of teammates to rush for 100-plus yards on Thanksgiving in NFL history.

• Their 47 points were the most the Titans have scored since posting 48 at Green Bay in Week 5 of the 2004 season and the most by a team on Thanksgiving since the Lions won 55-20 against the Bears in 1997.

•  It was the second time the Lions have allowed 40-plus points this season (48 against the Packers in Week 2).

-- ESPN research

Rapid Reaction

Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and scored twice in the first quarter and LenDale White had two touchdowns in the second and finished with 106 yards rushing, setting up Tennessee for a 47-10 win over Detroit on Thursday.

"It's nice to be able to do what you set out to do," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Both backs got a lot of yards on their own, but they got a lot of help up front."

Johnson was untouched on a short run to the outside and a long gain up the middle.

The two plays were symbolic of the canyon-like gap between the once-beaten Titans and the winless Lions.

Tennessee (11-1) bounced back from its 21-point loss at home to the New York Jets quickly, surging to a 28-3 lead early in the second quarter.

"We hit the first punch and they fell," White said.

With a 34-point lead midway through the fourth, quarterback Vince Young played for the first time since spraining his left knee in the opener. He skipped a scheduled MRI exam a day later, then prompted a police search when he panicked someone by taking off hours later without his cell phone.

"I'm good," Young said as he walked away from reporters. "I'll talk about it Monday."

The Lions (0-12) moved a step closer to becoming the NFL's first 0-16 team, losing by a franchise-worst 37 points and giving up a franchise-record 47 points in their 69th game on Thanksgiving.

"We only confirmed what everybody was thinking about us as far as outside of Detroit and in Detroit," kicker Jason Hanson said. "I know everybody in here feels embarrassed that we did that on national TV."

Coach Rod Marinelli refused to acknowledge he was embarrassed, insisting the Lions were only beaten.

"We got handled in all areas -- coaches, players, offense, defense, special teams," Marinelli said.

The Company They Keep

The Lions matched the second-worst start in their history, becoming the 10th team since the NFL merger in 1970 to start a season 0-11:

Team Start Finish
2008 Lions 0-12 ???
2007 Dolphins 0-13 1-15
2001 Lions 0-12 2-14
2000 Chargers 0-11 1-15
1986 Colts 0-13 3-13
1984 Bills 0-11 2-14
1980 Saints 0-14 1-15
1977 Buccaneers 0-12 2-12
1976 Buccaneers 0-14 0-14
1975 Chargers 0-11 2-12
The Lions fell to 10-34 in nearly three seasons under Marinelli and lost for the 19th time in 20 games, leading to more questions about whether he deserves to keep his job.

Marinelli said he doesn't expect to be fired.

"The record doesn't show it, but I have great belief in myself," Marinelli insisted.

Six teams have lost at least their first 12 games since Tampa Bay finished 0-14 in 1976 and the Lions have done it twice. They started 0-12 in 2001 before beating the Minnesota Vikings, who play Dec. 7 at Detroit.

The Lions finish at Indianapolis, against New Orleans and at Green Bay.

"We are desperate for a win," said quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who was benched for the third time in four games.

It was a rare nationally televised game for both teams and it didn't take long for the nation to witness why Tennessee is terrific and Detroit is awful.

Did the Titans prove anything to their doubters?

"No, because people are going to say, 'It was just Detroit,'" cornerback Nick Harper said.

The game was essentially over in the opening minutes.
WK 13: Chris Johnson highlights

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The Smash half of the Titans' Smash and Dash backfield, runs for 125 yards and 2 TDs against the Lions.

Wide receiver Shaun McDonald fumbled on Detroit's second play from scrimmage and Tennessee needed just two snaps to take the lead. Two plays later, Johnson had so much room on a 6-yard run to the left that pulling guard Eugene Amano didn't have anybody to block.

"When I got to the outside, there was no one there," Amano said. "I had to turn around to find somebody to hit."

Johnson took a handoff up the middle on the fourth play of Tennessee's next drive, ran through a huge hole and sprinted past helpless safety Dwight Smith to make it 14-3.

Backup defensive tackle Dave Ball got in on the fun by returning an interception 15 yards for a score, capping it by leaping over the goal line and flapping his arms like a turkey.

"The last time I scored a touchdown was my junior year in high school, so I'm not exactly a frequent visitor to the end zone," Ball said.

The Lions continued to hurt themselves on the ensuing possession, getting called for delay of game after calling a timeout.

White added TD runs of 6 and 2 yards to make it 35-3 late in the first half.

Tennessee's Kerry Collins made a rare mistake, fumbling as he dropped back to pass to set up Detroit's only touchdown.

Young helped Rob Bironas get in position for his fourth field goal by tossing a short pass to fullback Ahmard Hall and watching him outrace defenders as if he was an Olympic sprinter for a 54-yard gain.

Culpepper was 13-of-26 for 134 yards with a TD and an interception.

Drew Henson replaced him late in the fourth quarter, playing for the first time since his appearance with the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2004 and becoming Detroit's fifth quarterback to take a snap during its miserable season.

Game notes


Hanson kicked his 40th field goal from 50-plus yards, tying Morten Andersen's NFL record, and made his seventh of the season, pulling him within one of Andersen's single-season mark. ... The Titans swept the NFC North this season. ... Detroit was 0-for-11 on third down. ... Collins beat Detroit for the first time, leaving Miami as the only team he hasn't beaten.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
DET
1st Downs196
Passing 1st downs
65
Rushing 1st downs
121
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
8-160-11
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6646
Total Yards456154
Yards per play6.93.3
Total Drives1313
Passing164131
Comp-Att
12-1914-28
Yards per pass
8.24.1
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-174-23
Rushing29223
Rushing Attempts
4614
Yards per rush
6.31.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-41-1
Penalties9-655-38
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession36:5423:06

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins11/181277.1001-17
Young1/15454.0000-0
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper13/261345.2112-4
Henson1/22010.0002-19

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson161257.8258
White231064.6225
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith12221.8021
Cason210.501

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hall25326.5054
McCareins24321.5023
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson56613.2020
McDonald44411.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENDET
tenTD13:35Chris Johnson 6 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 34 yds, 0:32
70
detFG10:35Jason Hanson 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yds, 3:00
73
tenTD8:30Chris Johnson 58 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 77 yds, 2:09
143
tenTD2:28Dave Ball 15 Yard Interception Return (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 0 yds, 0:56
213
SECOND QUARTERTENDET
tenTD14:26Lendale White 6 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 31 yds, 1:24
283
tenTD2:58Lendale White 2 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 91 yds, 8:25
353
detTD0:37Michael Gaines 2 Yard Pass From Daunte Culpepper (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 2 yds, 0:17
3510
THIRD QUARTERTENDET
tenFG12:08Rob Bironas 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:56
3810
tenFG2:24Rob Bironas 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 39 yds, 4:14
4110
FOURTH QUARTERTENDET
tenFG10:28Rob Bironas 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 2:22
4410
tenFG4:29Rob Bironas 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yds, 4:27
4710