Late rally by Titans deals Packers 20-16 loss

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 9, 2014 – 9:56 pm

Packers LB Nick Perry

NASHVILLE–The Tennessee Titans went 80 yards in five plays to score the game-winning touchdown in a 20-16 win over the Packers at LP Field on Saturday night.

Packers undrafted rookie linebacker Korey Jones intercepted a Zach Mettenberger pass with 8:33 to play and Mason Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal that gave the Packers a 16-13 lead, but Mettenberger roared back with two big completions that moved the ball from the Titans’ 20 to inside the Packers’ 10.

Titans running back Jackie Battle ran seven yards for a touchdown with 5:02 to play, and the Titans had their first lead of the night.

Pass interference against the Titans on a Chase Rettig pass for Alex Gillett moved the ball 41 yards to the Titans 43. On third-and-10, Rettig found rookie tight end Justin Perillo for a first down at the Titans’ 32. LaDarius Perkins gained eight yards to the 24, second-and-one, with 1:56 to play.

The Packers faced a third-and-one with the clock ticking. Perkins was stopped for no gain, fourth-and-one. Rettig’s pass for Kevin Dorsey was incomplete.

The fourth quarter was the only quarter of the game not played in rain, but the quarter was dominated by the depths of each team’s roster.

Starting quarterback Matt Flynn completed five of 10 passes for 49 yards. His replacement, Scott Tolzien, was eight of 12 for 124 yards.

Running back James Starks rushed six times for 49 yards and rookie Rajion Neal gained 39 yards on five carries.

The Packers take an 0-1 record to St. Louis for game two of the preseason next Saturday.


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