Final

Titans 0

(5-6, 3-3 away)

Texans 20

(5-6, 3-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 28, 2010

Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 0 0 0 00
HOU 0 14 3 320

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 178 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 30 CAR, 143 YDS

Receiving: A. Foster (HOU) - 9 REC, 75 YDS

Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan tossed after fight as Texans roll Titans

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Andre Johnson politely asked Cortland Finnegan to stop it. By the fourth quarter, Houston's star receiver had simply had it with the Tennessee cornerback's antagonistic antics.

Their feisty duel exploded into a full-blown fistfight late in the Texans' 20-0 win over the Titans on Sunday. Both players were ejected, and the ugly incident could lead to further discipline from the NFL.

"He kept doing little things and I told him: 'Just because you're frustrated, you need to stop what you're doing,'" Johnson said. "I guess he thought it was funny."

The usually soft-spoken Johnson caught nine passes and a touchdown before walking off the field to a standing ovation.

"It's just a buildup of things over plays," Johnson said. "I just lost my cool."

Finnegan did not speak to reporters after the game.

"It's not good for the game, no," said Titans coach Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee. "You don't want to see that stuff."

Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards and also caught nine passes for the Texans (5-6), who were on their way to their first shutout since 2004 when Johnson and Finnegan began slugging it out midway through the fourth quarter.

The two got into a milder shoving match on the previous play, with Johnson giving Finnegan a shot in the back before Finnegan took off his helmet and walked away.

Finnegan then set off the brawl by jabbing at Johnson's neck and face mask at the line of scrimmage. Johnson ripped off Finnegan's helmet and landed at least two punches to Finnegan's head and neck. The two spun each other, and Finnegan tore off Johnson's helmet before players and referees intervened.

"I awarded it to Andre on points," Texans owner Bob McNair joked.

This was Round 2 between Johnson and Finnegan. Last season, Johnson was fined $7,500 for taking Finnegan to the ground by the face mask during a scuffle after a play in a 34-31 Texans win.

Johnson said this week: "That's the past, I'm over that. That's way behind me, I don't think about that." But Finnegan got under his skin again, and Johnson was apologetic after the game.

"I wish that I could take back what happened, but I can't," Johnson said. "I'm pretty sure I'll be disciplined for it."

Houston plays at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

The incident, meanwhile, came at the end of a tumultuous week for the Titans (5-6), who've lost four in a row.

Houston cornerback Glover Quin set a franchise record with three interceptions off Titans rookie quarterback Rusty Smith, who struggled in his first career start.

Smith replaced Houston native Vince Young, who argued with Fisher after he was taken out of last week's loss to Washington with a thumb injury. Young was placed on injured reserve and apologized to Fisher via text message. Young did not join his team for Sunday's game.

Smith completed 17 of 31 passes for 138 yards and a 26.7 passer rating.

"I wish I could have some of those throws back," Smith said. "You can't get them back."

Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was on the sideline calling plays after he was diagnosed with cancer this week. He's due to start chemotherapy Monday.

The drama with Young and Heimerdinger overshadowed the matchup of the two top rushers in the AFC, Foster and Chris Johnson. It was a mismatch: Foster set a Texans record with his sixth 100-yard game of the season, while Johnson managed a career-low 5 yards on seven carries.

"We weren't able to run the ball at all," Johnson said. "I don't know why we couldn't run it."

The Texans, with the league's 31st-ranked defense, had not held an opponent to fewer than 24 points all season. They dominated from the start Sunday, limiting the Titans to 12 yards and no first downs in the first quarter.

Quin got his first career interception on the first play of the second quarter, a much-needed confidence boost for the second-year cornerback. Quin batted a last-second desperation pass into the hands of receiver Mike Thomas for the winning score in a 31-24 loss at Jacksonville two weeks ago.

Schaub threw touchdown passes to tight end Joel Dreessen and Andre Johnson in the second quarter. Schaub completed 25 of 35 passes for 178 yards in the game.

Neil Rackers kicked a 36-yard field goal that bounced off the left upright for a 17-0 lead in the third quarter, and the Titans' offense was no better in the second half. Tennessee got to the Houston 12 when safety Bernard Pollard was whistled for pass interference. Quin then intercepted Smith's pass near the goal line.

Foster ran 37 yards down the sideline, and the Titans were flagged for a personal foul after the play, tacking on another 15 yards. A few plays later, the individual battle between Johnson and Finnegan boiled over.

Game notes


Andre Johnson became the first player to make 60 receptions in each of his first eight seasons. Houston coach Gary Kubiak awarded Johnson the game ball for the accomplishment -- not for the fight. ... Titans K Rob Bironas had his franchise record streak of consecutive games with a field goal snapped at 20. ... Titans WR Randy Moss caught three receptions to reach 952 for his career and pass Andre Reed for eighth all-time.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
HOU
1st Downs924
Passing 1st downs
612
Rushing 1st downs
19
1st downs from Penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
3-119-18
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays4476
Total Yards162346
Yards per play3.74.6
Total Drives1011
Passing138158
Comp - Att
17-3125-35
Yards per pass
4.54.5
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-02-20
Rushing24188
Rushing Attempts
1239
Yards per rush
2.04.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-22-4
Penalties10-796-68
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession20:1939:41

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith17/311384.5031-0
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub25/351785.1202-20

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ringer4276.8017
Johnson750.709
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster301434.8037
Ward7476.7017

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Gage45012.50196
Cook44010.00239
HOURECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Foster9758.301911
Johnson9566.212111

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERTENHOU
houTD12:47Joel Dreessen 1 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers Kick) 07
houTD04:42Andre Johnson 2 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers Kick) 014
THIRD QUARTERTENHOU
houFG08:05Neil Rackers 35 Yd 017
FOURTH QUARTERTENHOU
houFG03:00Neil Rackers 33 Yd 020

Research Notes

Sunday's incident was not the first time that Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson had a run-in against each other. From Sept. 2009: Houston Texans receivers Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones have been fined by the NFL for their roles in a fight during Sunday's 34-31 win over Tennessee. Johnson was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness for taking Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan to the ground by the facemask after the play was over, and Jones was fined $5,000 for entering the fight unnecessarily. Tennessee's Jason Jones was fined $5,000 for his part in the fight earlier this week. He was ejected from the game after an official said he threw a punch in the altercation on Houston's sideline.
Houston's Andre Johnson needed 4 catches for 60 this season, he has surpassed that Sunday. It means it's Johnson's 8th straight season with 60 catches, the first receiver in NFL history to catch 60 or more passes in each of his first 8 seasons. He was previously tied with our own Keyshawn Johnson with 7 straight seasons.

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