Titans 42, Texans 36 in overtime: 5 observations as Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry lead thrilling victory

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They were in control, then they weren’t, then things spiraled completely out of control for both teams.

And then the Titans won.



The Titans built a 14-point lead by halftime Sunday against the Texans before their AFC South rival fought back. As it has been so many times this season, Tennessee’s clutch gene was pronounced late in a 42-36 overtime victory.

Estes:Even now, it took everything for Titans to outlast the Texans. But they did.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill led an impressive late-game drive to force overtime. Derrick Henry broke a long run after the catch in overtime before a touchdown run from the Wildcat formation. And the Titans moved to 5-0 in the most improbable of ways.

Here are five observations:

More late-game Ryan Tannehill magic
The Texans opted to go for a two-point conversion to try to go ahead by nine with 1:53 left. A failed conversion gave the Titans a glimmer of hope.

Cue Tannehill, the Titans quarterback who led three game-winning drives in the first three weeks of this season. He completed eight of nine passes for 76 yards and a touchdown pass – a 7-yarder to A.J. Brown – to tie the score with four seconds left.

Tannehill finished 30-for-41 passing for 364 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

More impressive running by Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry had a 94-yard rushing touchdown to give the Titans a 29-23 lead in the fourth quarter. He became just the fifth player in NFL history with multiple touchdown runs of 90 yards or more.

The Titans running back entered Sunday averaging 3.7 yards per carry, down from 5.1 yards per carry last season, when he led the league in rushing. His longest run of the season had been 16 yards.

But Henry topped that twice in the first quarter, breaking runs of 18 and 34 yards to help propel two touchdown-scoring drives.

Oh, and he also had a 53-yard gain on a pass from Tannehill that helped set up his game-winning run in overtime.

Henry finished with an absolute monster game: 22 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two catches for 52 yards.

The Titans improved to 16-0 (including the playoffs) in games in which Henry runs for at least 100 yards.

Deshaun Watson torches Titans
Entering Sunday, the Texans had struggled for the most part this season. But Deshaun Watson forbids any talk of any easy out.

The Houston quarterback proved why at Nissan Stadium, bringing his team back from an early 14-point deficit before picking apart the Titans defense late.

Watson finished 28-for-37 passing for 335 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

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