Final

Broncos 14

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Titans 17

(2-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 25, 2011

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 7 0 7 014
TEN 0 10 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hasselbeck (TEN) - 311 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. McGahee (DEN) - 22 CAR, 52 YDS

Receiving: N. Washington (TEN) - 8 REC, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Titans lose Kenny Britt to injury but rally for victory against Broncos

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Hasselbeck ran off the field holding a football over his head, celebrating both a win and his 36th birthday. Whether he gets to pass to Kenny Britt again this season remains to be seen.

Hasselbeck threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Graham with 4:24 left, and the Titans rallied for a 17-14 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday after losing the AFC's top receiver in the second quarter when his right knee buckled underneath him.

Coach Mike Munchak said the receiver would have tests to determine the extent of the injury, but sources close to the situation told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that the team fears Britt has torn both his ACL and his MCL in the knee.

"Obviously, it didn't look good when he got hurt," Munchak said. "We will have to wait until tomorrow to see the extent of that."

Britt had even less to say as he walked out of the locker room past reporters.

"My status is limping," Britt said.

Hasselbeck found other players to throw to, including Graham, whose first catch of the season came against his former team.

"The bottom line is it's hard to win in this league," Munchak said. "Any win to me is a good win, and 2-1 is a lot better than the alternative."

Hasselbeck passed for 311 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to its second straight win.

The Titans intercepted Kyle Orton twice, sacked him once and also stopped Willis McGahee on fourth-and-goal at the 1 early in the fourth quarter.

"At the end of the day on the road, fourth and not even a full yard, I'd do it again next week," Denver coach John Fox said. "We've got to be able to get that and get that in. Unfortunately, we didn't."

Denver (1-2) had a last chance, driving to the Titans 38 before Will Witherspoon sacked Orton. Two plays later, Jason Jones batted Orton's pass into the air, and Witherspoon picked it off with 1:39 left to seal the victory.

"There's not much you can do about it," Orton said.

A veteran signed to mentor rookie Jake Locker and to win now, Hasselbeck did just that as Denver held Chris Johnson to only 21 yards on 13 carries in his third game back from his contract holdout. Hasselbeck took control on the go-ahead drive that started at the Tennessee 5, completing passes to five different receivers, with the longest a 58-yarder to tight end Craig Stevens. He also tossed a 14-yard TD to Nate Washington.

Munchak said not many quarterbacks could've handled losing Britt along with the struggling run game.

"He came here to win," Munchak said of Hasselbeck. "He didn't come here to retire quietly. He came here to make a difference and win, and he's doing that for us."

Hasselbeck said seeing a teammate leave with an injury can deflate a team, and there was confusion in the huddle and on routes.

"As a player, there's nothing you can do about it to help him, so the best thing you can do is get that out of your mind and just be focused on what your job is, and your job is to play," Hasselbeck said.

Britt, who had 271 yards receiving coming into the game, was hurt with 5:55 left in the second quarter. He had just caught a swing pass from Hasselbeck, eluded a tackler and tried to turn upfield when he fell to the ground and lost the ball.

The Titans forced Denver to go three-and-out, then punter Brett Kern came up with Tennessee's longest rush this season on a 21-yard scramble after a low snap.

"He wasn't able to return, so we were fortunate to come out with a win," Hasselbeck said.

Denver called the Titans dirty a year ago after winning in Nashville. Tennessee racked up a season-high 11 penalties for 80 yards compared to just one for Denver on a facemask Sunday. Munchak said the Titans have to keep their emotions in check.

But Tennessee outgained the Broncos 333-231. Denver had Brandon Lloyd back on the field but didn't score a point off two fumbles recovered. That included a fumble by Hasselbeck recovered at the Titans 13 late in the third quarter.

At the end of that drive, Fox took a timeout, pulled kicker Matt Prater off the field and went for it on fourth-and-goal. Derrick Morgan, Tennessee's first-round pick a year ago, stopped McGahee for no gain. McGahee finished with 52 yards on 22 carries, and he said the Titans wanted it more than the Broncos.

"If we would have scored, we would have won, no doubt about it," McGahee said.

The Titans led 10-7 at halftime before Orton took control of the third quarter with a 16-play drive using up more than eight minutes. He converted four third downs with completions, the last a 5-yarder to McGahee for a TD and a 14-10 lead with 1:17 left in the quarter. Orton was 9 of 10 for 51 yards on the drive.

Denver rookie Von Miller sacked Hasselbeck, knocking the ball loose, on the ensuing drive. That gave Denver the ball at the Titans 13 and seemingly all the momentum.

Hasselbeck completed 10 of his first 11 passes for 125 yards and a TD. He even connected with Johnson on a 34-yard pass down the left sideline that Fox challenged to make sure the running back got both feet in on the catch.

Game notes


The Titans snapped the Broncos' three-game streak in this series. ... Washington finished with a career-high eight catches for 92 yards. ... The 58-yard catch by Stevens is the longest of his career. ... Titans CB Jason McCourty picked off a pass for a second straight week and has four for his career.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEN
TEN
1st Downs1917
Passing 1st downs
1414
Rushing 1st downs
22
1st downs from Penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
8-158-15
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Plays6361
Total Yards231333
Yards per play3.75.5
Total Drives1011
Passing172295
Comp - Att
24-3927-36
Yards per pass
4.48.2
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-12-16
Rushing5938
Rushing Attempts
2323
Yards per rush
2.61.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-3
Penalties1-1511-80
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:0630:54

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orton24/391734.4221-1
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck27/363118.6202-16

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee22522.4010
Ball177.007
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson13211.608
Kern12121.0021

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Decker7486.901013
Fells24221.00324
TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Washington89211.51229
Stevens15858.00581

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDENTEN
denTD03:45Matthew Willis 5 Yd Pass From Kyle Orton (Matt Prater Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERDENTEN
tenTD11:37Nate Washington 14 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Rob Bironas Kick) 77
tenFG01:11Rob Bironas 46 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERDENTEN
denTD01:17Willis McGahee 5 Yd Pass From Kyle Orton (Matt Prater Kick) 1410
FOURTH QUARTERDENTEN
tenTD04:24Daniel Graham 4 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Rob Bironas Kick) 1417

Research Notes

When the Broncos used five or more pass rushers Sunday, the Titan's Matt Hasselbeck was 11-for-16 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown.

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