Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in NRG Stadium in Houston was a day of celebration for the Tennessee Titans fans, as their team narrowly defeated the Houston Texans in a 41-38 victory. The Titans rode a rushing game that produced 288 yards and four rushing touchdowns, to go along with a Ryan Tannehill performance of 216 yards, one touchdown.
Tannehill finished the game with one touchdown, completing 18 of 27 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 216 yards and zero interceptions, and a passer rating of 103.30.
The ground game for the Titans saw Derrick Henry carrying the football 34 times, and Darrynton Evans helping with rushing the ball zero times. The two rushers produced 250 yards and no yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Titans had Tannehill tossing the football to Corey Davis and A.J. Brown as his most productive targets. Davis caught five passes for a net gain of 39 yards. The secondary target (Brown) caught 10 passes for a net contribution of 151 yards.
The Titans were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in four sacks, and four tackles for loss, to go along with zero forced fumbles, with no defensive touchdowns.
On the losing side of the game, Deshaun Watson of the Texans ended the day with three touchdowns, along with 365 yards, one interception, and a 115.90 passer rating.
The rushing game for the Texans was led by David Johnson and Buddy Howell. For the game, Johnson rushed for 84 yards from carrying the football 14 times. Meanwhile Howell carried the ball 0 times for a total of no yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Texans included Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee. Cooks caught 11 passes for a total of 166 yards, while Coutee contributed with 90 yards from six passes.
In a losing effort, the Texans defense contributed with two sacks , two forced fumbles, zero tackles for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the game.
After the win, the Titans now have a 11-5 record, compared to the Texans who now have a 4-12 record.