CHICAGO (WKRN) – It should have been an easy win Sunday for the Titans against an injury riddled Bears team, but it came down to the final seconds of the game before Tennessee escaped with a 27-21 win.
The Bears scored the game’s first touchdown as Matt Barkley, making his first career start, found Daniel Brown for a 7-yard touchdown. This led to a 7-0 lead.
The Titans then spent the next 40-plus minutes of the game racking up 27 unanswered points.
Derrick Henry scored their first touchdown on an 11-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 7-7.
Marcus Mariota got it going with his arm, first finding Delanie Walker for a 4-yard touchdown for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter and then a 29-yard touchdown to Rishard Matthews late in the half to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
Mariota threw for 226 yards and and at least two touchdowns for the eighth straight game.
Things got dicey for the Titans in the fourth quarter as Matt Barkley led the Bears on two touchdown drives to make it a 6-point game 27-21 with just over three minutes to go.
After the Titans failed to convert a first down on their next possession, the Bears had the ball with 1:56 left on the clock and a chance to win.
Barkley again led Chicago down the field and twice had two touchdown passes that were dropped by receivers. The second was on fourth and goal as the Titans’ defense was good enough to avoid giving up the game winning score.
Derrick Henry led the Titans in rushing with eight carries for 60 yards, while Rishard Matthews had three catches for 64 yards, including a seventh touchdown grab in the last eight games.
The Titans move to 6-6 heading into the bye week. If the Texans lose to the Packers next week, Tennessee could be in a tie for first place at the top of the AFC South.