Locker, Fitzpatrick lead Titans past FalconsAug 25, 2013 - 3:30 AM Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for three touchdown passes as the Tennessee Titans defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 27-16, on Saturday.
Locker was nearly perfect, completing 11-of-13 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Fitzpatrick was 6-for-9 with two touchdowns and an interception for the Titans, who won their first preseason contest.
Nate Washington had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 65 yards in the victory.
Matt Ryan went 11-of-19 for 138 yards for the Falcons. Julio Jones had four catches for 81 yards. Darius Johnson also had four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Jeremy Shelley made two field goals in the first quarter, a 27-yarder and a 31-yarder, respectively, for the Falcons, while the Titans were held scoreless.
However, Tennessee scored 13 points in the second. Washington caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Locker and Rob Bironas drilled two field goals, including a 53-yarder late in the half.
The Titans added to their lead in the third when Fitzpatrick found Justin Hunter for a 3-yard score midway through the frame.
However, Atlanta was undeterred. Shelley made a 32-yard field goal with 3:29 left in the third quarter. On the Titans' ensuing possession, Robert Alford picked off a deep pass by Fitzpatrick on the first play. The replay assistant challenged it as an incomplete pass, but the call was upheld.
Darius Johnson then hauled a 41-yard TD reception from Dominique Davis, who finished 7-for-14 for 105 yards, and the Falcons cut the deficit to 20-16.
However, on their next drive at the 12 yard-line, Davis' pass intended for Chase Coffman was intercepted by Jonathan Willard.
With excellent field position, Jackie Battle ran five times for 16 yards. Fitzpatrick completed the drive with a 6-yard TD toss to Michael Preston with 7:43 remaining in regulation to account for the final margin.
- ATLANTA: 16
Aug 24 11:04 PM
- Tennessee Touchdown - 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Michael Preston.
Falcons 16, Titans 27 4th - 7:43Aug 24 10:46 PM
- ATLANTA: 16
End of 3rd
Aug 24 10:27 PM
- Atlanta Touchdown - 41-yard pass from Dominique Davis to Darius Johnson. (Je
Falcons 16, Titans 20 3rd - 2:18Aug 24 10:27 PM
- Atlanta Field Goal - 32-yarder by Jeremy Shelley.
Falcons 9, Titans 20 3rd - 3:25Aug 24 10:17 PM
- Tennessee Touchdown - 3-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Justin Hunter. (M
Falcons 6, Titans 20 3rd - 7:56Aug 24 10:04 PM
- ATLANTA: 6
Aug 24 9:32 PM
- Tennessee Field Goal - 53-yarder by Rob Bironas.
Falcons 6, Titans 13 2nd - 0:23Aug 24 9:30 PM
- Tennessee Field Goal - 39-yarder by Rob Bironas.
Falcons 6, Titans 10 2nd - 3:47Aug 24 9:13 PM
- Tennessee Touchdown - 7-yard pass from Jake Locker Nate Washington. (Rob Bir
Falcons 6, Titans 7 2nd - 10:56Aug 24 8:57 PM
- ATLANTA: 6
End of 1st
Aug 24 8:43 PM
- Atlanta Field Goal - 31-yarder by Jeremy Shelley.
Falcons 6, Titans 0 1st - 4:23Aug 24 8:31 PM
- Atlanta Field Goal - 27-yarder by Jeremy Shelley.
Falcons 3, Titans 0 1st - 9:23Aug 24 8:21 PM
- ATLANTA: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Aug 24 8:06 PM
- Falcons' Vic Beasley Jr. samples new dual role as OLB and DE May 23
- Titans agree to terms with 8th pick overall Jack Conklin May 23
- Undrafted rookie retires days after signing with Titans May 17
- Panthers release CB Brandon Boykin; sign 5 tryout players May 16
- Blank says work on Falcons' new stadium is on schedule May 16
- Titans waive Mettenberger, clearing space for 4 new signees May 16
- Derrick Henry starts settling in at Titans rookie minicamp May 13
- Running back Derrick Henry already turning Titans' heads May 11
- Titans agree to terms with 6 draft picks as rookies report May 9
- Australians Edwards, Hackett take aim at Jets' punting job May 7
- Gathers trades high tops for cleats, takes shot with Cowboys May 6
- Titans agree to terms on multi-year extension for Walker May 6