Final

Texans 10

(2-14, 1-7 away)

Titans 16

(7-9, 3-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 29, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 7 0 0 310
TEN 0 6 7 316

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 229 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 27 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Grimes (HOU) - 6 REC, 76 YDS

Titans send Texans to 14th straight loss

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Munchak believes the Tennessee Titans aren't far off from becoming a playoff team, and he'll argue that he should keep coaching them in 2014 in the next few days.

Texans owner Bob McNair could hire a new coach before Houston decides who will be the No. 1 draft selection in May.

Chris Johnson ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in what might be his last game with the Titans, who beat the Houston Texans 16-10 Sunday for a win that might help Munchak's argument to stay on the job.

"I think I have a good feel for what needs to be done," said Munchak, now 22-26 in three seasons. "That's what we'll talk about the next few days, and we'll find out how they want to go forward."

With their 14th straight loss, the Texans (2-14) at least made sure whoever their next coach is will have the top draft pick. Interim coach Wade Phillips declined to answer whether he's interested in staying with the Texans if he's not picked to take over.

"We got in a whirlwind, and it never ended," Phillips said of the skid.

The Titans (7-9) scored 16 straight points in snapping a five-game home skid that was their longest since leaving Houston for Tennessee in 1997. They also won a second straight game for the first time since September, when they started 3-1.

"We always talk about finishing, and we did that," Titans tight end Delanie Walker said.

Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, including a season-best 55-yarder. Linebacker Akeem Ayers intercepted a pass and forced a fumble as the Titans got four turnovers they turned into 10 points.

The Texans had one last chance with the ball and 66 seconds left, but Michael Griffin intercepted an overthrown pass by Matt Schaub. That was the third turnover by the Texans' quarterback.

Johnson became the sixth man in NFL history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons with a 23-yard run in the second quarter, joining Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon. But Johnson, who ran for 2,006 yards in 2009, is due $8 million in 2014, with $29 million left on his contract. That might be too much to pay for someone who posted only his second 100-yard rushing game of the season Sunday.

The running back said he thought about whether this might be his last game in Tennessee when he ran through the tunnel before turning his attention to getting the win.

"Only thing I could control was the game today," Johnson said.

The Texans now can focus on 2014 after a miserable season that saw Jonathan Grimes, signed Dec. 18, become the fifth running back to start this season. Defensive end J.J. Watt called it his most frustrating season personally.

"I'm sure a lot of guys, just like me, are ready to move on and get to work in the offseason and never let this happen again," Watt said.

McNair already has been interviewing possible replacements for Gary Kubiak, fired Dec. 6, with Phillips hoping his performance as defensive coordinator earns him the job.

Tennessee outgained Houston 311-288 in total offense, with 165 coming on the ground thanks to Johnson.

The Texans were up 7-6 at halftime thanks to an opening drive where they looked like the two-time AFC South champs they came into the season as. The banged-up team even got good production from Grimes, who capped the drive with his first NFL TD on a 3-yard carry and ripped through the Titans early.

Houston didn't score again until Randy Bullock kicked a 19-yard field goal with 2:53 left when Phillips decided not to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal at the Titans 1.

Tennessee finally took its first lead late in the third quarter. Ayers intercepted a ball that clanked off the face mask of Titans safety Bernard Pollard on Schaub's pass a little behind Texans tight end Ryan Griffin. Johnson's 11-yard TD put them ahead to stay 13-7.

Game notes


Kendall Wright finished with 94 catches, becoming the first Titans receiver with 90 or more in a season since Derrick Mason had 96 in 2004. ... Walker finished with a career-high 60 catches, becoming the only tight end other than Frank Wycheck to reach that mark with this franchise. ... Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson finished with six catches for 49 yards for Houston. ... The Titans snapped a three-game skid to Houston in this series.


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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
TEN
1st Downs1917
Passing 1st downs
116
Rushing 1st downs
68
1st downs from penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
4-104-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5761
Total Yards288311
Yards per play5.15.1
Total Drives1113
Passing223160
Comp-Att
22-3415-24
Yards per pass
6.46.4
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-61-6
Rushing65151
Rushing Attempts
2236
Yards per rush
3.04.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Penalties5-557-76
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:4532:15

Passing Leaders

HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub22/342296.7021-6
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpatrick15/241666.9011-6

Rushing Leaders

HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grimes16503.1112
Graham482.004
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson271274.7123
Battle11616.0016

Receiving Leaders

HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Grimes67612.7031
Johnson6498.2013
TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright55010.0034
Washington23919.5032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUTEN
houTD9:42Jonathan Grimes 3 Yard Run (Randy Bullock Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 5:23
70
SECOND QUARTERHOUTEN
tenFG9:49Rob Bironas 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 32 yds, 3:36
73
tenFG0:04Rob Bironas 55 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 58 yds, 1:53
76
THIRD QUARTERHOUTEN
tenTD5:44Chris Johnson 11 Yard Run (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yds, 3:41
713
FOURTH QUARTERHOUTEN
tenFG10:48Rob Bironas 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yds, 3:30
716
houFG2:56Randy Bullock 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 89 yds, 2:50
1016