Week 12 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 22, Tennessee Titans 33
What you need to know
San Francisco stuck with Tennessee throughout the first half, led by solid defensive play that forced the Titans to settle for three field goals. The 49ers got two first half touchdowns, one in the running game on one of their best drives of the game, and another scoring contribution from their defense.
QB Ken Dorsey threw for 192 yards on 23 of 43 passing, including a late 17 yard passing score to WR Arnaz Battle, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on the last possession of the game.
Kevan Barlow led the way rushing with 40 yards on 14 carries and a one yard touchdown run, and also had a 75 yard touchdown run called back. Maurice Hicks also chipped in with 30 yards on six carries.
WR Arnaz Battle was the only real bright spot in the passing game for the 49ers, as he finished with seven catches for 75 yards, including a 17 yard scoring reception late in the game.
LB Julian Peterson led the way defensively, with nine tackles and one assist, but the big play defensively for San Francisco was courtesy of Shawntae Spencer’s 61 yard interception return for a touchdown right before the half.
The Tennessee Titans snapped a five game losing streak and improved their record to 3-8 with an explosive second half led by QB Steve McNair.
Trailing 14-9 at the half, McNair led the Titans on three scoring drives in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the 49ers. On the first score, McNair slipped a would be tackler and hit RB Chris Brown out of the backfield, and Brown did the rest running 41 yards for the score. On the next offensive play from scrimmage, the Tennessee quarterback hit WR Roydell Williams down the sideline for a 50 yard score to increase the Titan lead to nine. Following a 49ers’ offensive series where they went three and out, McNair led the club on a drive that concluded with a four yard scoring strike to TE Erron Kinney. McNair finished 23 of 41 for 343 yards and three touchdowns, scorching the 49ers’ pass defense.
The Titans’ running game was stalled in the first half, where they ran for only 16 yards on nine carries, but they got a spark in the second half from backup RB Travis Henry. Henry ran for 86 yards in the second half, and received twelve second half carries as opposed to starter Chris Brown’s four. Brown did have a 35 yard touchdown run called back for penalty which hurt his numbers.
Chris Brown led the way for Tennessee in the passing game, hauling in three catches for 105 yards, including a 41 yard touchdown, and also had a 57 yard reception. WR Drew Bennett led the way in receptions, grabbing five balls for 52 yards.
The Titans used rookie DB Adam “Pac Man” Jones on offense in the first half, and Jones delivered with a 19 yard touchdown run. Unfortunately for Jones and the Titans, the play was called back on a Tennessee penalty.
LB Keith Bulluck had seven tackles, five assists and one interception, and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had two sacks and forced a fumble.
What you ought to know
Ken Dorsey, as expected, was not real impressive. He completed 23 of 43 passes for 192 yards and connected with WR Arnaz Battle for a 17 yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Dorsey capped off the scoring drive with a successful two point conversion pass to RB Terry Jackson, but fumbled away any chance San Francisco had for another score with a fumble on the next possession.
|RB Kevan Barlow, Rush: 14 - 40 - 1, Rec: 4 - 17 - 0 (5 targets)|
Barlow ran for 40 yards, including a one yard touchdown, and contributed in the passing game with four catches for 17 yards. Barlow numbers were hurt when a 75 yard touchdown run by the San Francisco back was called back for a holding penalty.
Hicks finished with 30 yards rushing on six carries, and caught three balls for 17 yards.
Jackson was not a big factor in the game, catching one ball for eight yards, and he also had a two point conversion reception.
|WR Arnaz Battle, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0, Rec: 7 - 75 - 1 (10 targets)|
Battle led the way in receiving for the 49ers, grabbing seven balls for 75 yards and a 17 yard touchdown. He also had two rushing attempts for a total of four yards. Battle was targeted ten times for the game.
Lloyd got the most looks from Dorsey with 12, but was able to come down with only three of those for 30 yards.
Morton had one reception for ten yards for the game.
Amey fumbled a punt at the beginning of the third quarter, and Tennessee scored a touchdown on the next play.
Jones caught three of the four balls thrown his way for 15 yards.
Bajema caught one pass for 20 yards.
Cortez missed a 34 yard attempt, and made good on both of his extra point attempts.
San Francisco did a good job against the run in the first half, limiting Tennessee to only 16 yards on nine attempts, and finished the game giving up a total of 118 on 27 carries, a 4.4 yard per carry average. They did give up two rushing scores, one by Chris Brown and another by Adam Jones, that were both called back for penalty.
The 49ers’ pass defense was shredded by the Titans and QB Steve McNair to the tune of 343 yards and three scores through the air. They were able to keep Tennessee out of the end zone in the first half, but still gave up 192 passing yards. The second half was more of the same with big passing numbers, but the Titans were able to capitalize on big pass plays, and had three passing scores in the second half. For the game, they gave up five plays for 20 yards or more, including touchdown plays of 41 and 50 yards.
|QB Steve McNair, Pass: 23 - 41 - 343 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 0 - 0|
McNair led the way for the Titans, throwing for 343 yards and three scores through the air. His only real mistake came when he was intercepted by Shawntae Spencer, who returned it for a score right before half. All three of his passing touchdowns came in the second half, and two of them were on big plays. McNair avoided a sack and found Chris Brown, who took the pass 41 yards for the score, and then he connected with WR Roydell Williams from 50 yards out on the next offensive play from scrimmage.
|RB Travis Henry, Rush: 13 - 86 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)|
Henry gave the running game a much needed spark in the second half and ran for 86 yards on 13 carries. He also had one catch for 14 yards. In the second half, Henry had twelve carries as opposed to Brown’s four.
|RB Chris Brown, Rush: 10 - 30 - 0, Rec: 3 - 105 - 1 (5 targets)|
Brown ran the ball ten times for 30 yards rushing, but his big contribution came in the passing game, where he hauled in three passes for 105 yards and a 41 yard touchdown. He did have a 35 yard rushing score called back for penalty and was replaced by Travis Henry for much of the second half.
Payton was not a factor in the game, finishing with two yards rushing and four yards receiving on one catch.
Bennett led the team in targets with nine, and grabbed five balls for 52 yards. He seems to be showing no ill affects from his hand injury.
Williams finished with three catches for 95 yards, including a big 50 yard reception for a score in the second half. He was targeted seven times in the passing game, second most on the team.
Jones had only one catch for four yards, and was hurt towards the end of the first half. He hurt his knee on a pass pattern, fell down, and the pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown. Owners with Jones on their roster should keep an eye out to see how serious the injury is.
Roby was not a factor, catching one pass for four yards.
Kinney continued his consistent play, catching four balls for 37 yards, including a four yard touchdown. He continues to be a big factor in the Tennessee passing game.
Troupe was targeted seven times, and caught four balls for 28 yards. He and Kinney are still descent options in leagues requiring tight ends.
Bironas hit all three of his extra point attempts, and connected on field goals from 35, 41, 21 and 22 yards. Three of his four field goals were made in the first half.
Tennessee’s rush defense did a pretty good job containing Kevan Barlow and the 49ers’ rushing attack. For the game, they gave up only 74 yards on 22 attempts, but did give up a 75 yard touchdown run to Barlow that was called back. The only rushing score they gave up that stayed on the stat sheet was a one yard run by Barlow.
The Titans’ pass defense did a pretty good job on the 49ers, limiting them to 192 yards through the air for the game. They did give up a passing score late in the game, but they were able to shut down the San Francisco receivers up until that point. For the game, they intercepted Ken Dorsey twice, and forced a fumble late in the game to help seal the deal.