Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota took the field, down 15-10, with 7:03 left in the game on the Titans 17 yard line, 83 yards to go for victory and everyone was confident the kid was going lead them to the end zone. 13 plays later, their collective faith was rewarded. 4th and 4 from the Lions’ nine yard line, Mariota hooked up with future Hall-of-Famer Andre Johnson for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:13 left in the game. Perrish Cox’s interception on the Lions ensuing possession sealed the 16-15 victory in Detroit.
“You hope this is a momentum boost,’’ the Titans quarterback said after Sunday’s 16-15 come-from-behind win over the Lions. “You hope you can use this for the rest of the season. Just to see the guys in the locker room. … This could be a huge momentum boost for us.”
Mariota finished the game 25-for-33, for 238 yards, threw two fourth quarter touchdowns and overcame an interception. His pass was precisely over linebacker Tahir Whitehead to Johnson just before safety Rafael Bush could get to him to potentially break up the pass.
“I just think we learned some lessons about ourselves today,’’ Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I think we know who we are and what we are capable of doing. … (The players) came back, and finished the game. I was really proud of the grit this team showed.”
The Titans trailed 15-3 at the end of the third quarter. In the first play of the fourth quarter, Mariota found tight end Delanie Walker on a 30 yard touchdown strike bringing the Titans within five points.
The defense held the Lions to three points in the second half. Lions signal caller Matthew Stafford finished the game 22-of-40, 260 passing yards and a touchdown pass.
Titans General Manager Jon Robinson was presented with a game ball after the game.
The Titans come home to Nashville next week to play the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders were defeated by the Atlanta Falcons 35-28 today. Kickoff is at Noon (1:00PM EDT) from Nissan Stadium.