Final

Titans 48

(2-3, 2-1 away)

Packers 27

(1-4, 0-3 home)

9:00 PM ET, October 11, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 17 10 7 1448
GB 3 10 0 1427

Brown rushes for two first-quarter scores

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Lambeau Field has lost its mystique.

And Green Bay's run of 12 straight competitive seasons under Brett Favre might be coming to an end, too.

Chris Brown
Brown came up just short of being the third back to rush for 150+ yards at Lambeau Field.

"Maybe my perception of this team is different than what we really are," Favre said after the Packers were humiliated by the Tennessee Titans 48-27 Monday night, their third straight loss at home.

"I think Tennessee several years ago started out 1-4 and made the AFC Championship game. Will we do that? I have no idea. We have to win a game first. Maybe my expectations of this team are too high."

Tennessee, which scored more points than any visitor ever had at the famed stadium, took advantage of six turnovers and Chris Brown ran for 148 yards and scored two long touchdowns on the Titans' first two series.

The Titans (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and sent the Packers (1-4) to their fourth straight loss. This is Green Bay's first four-game losing streak since 1991 and its first 0-3 start at home since 1988.

From 1995-02, Green Bay was 61-8 at home, including the postseason. The Packers lost to Atlanta in a playoff game in January 2003, starting a Lambeau slump that reached 6-7 with the loss to Tennessee.

"This is unfamiliar territory," Packers coach Mike Sherman said.

Only eight teams in NFL history have overcome a 1-4 start to reach the playoffs, including the Titans two years ago.

"It's something you want to avoid at all costs," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

And they did.

Tennessee scored on five of its first six possessions with Brown, who had 27 carries, going in on its first two series, from 37 and 29 yards out, and the staggered Packers never recovered.

"This wasn't season-saving, but it got us back on the right track," Titans safety Tank Williams said.

Steve McNair (chest, ankle) returned after missing Tennessee's last game, and threw two touchdown passes, including an 11-yarder to Eddie Berlin in the third quarter after Favre's third interception.

Favre extended his NFL record with his 213th consecutive start, including playoffs, despite numerous injuries, including a mild concussion he suffered last week. Favre also played after the death last week of his 24-year-old brother-in-law in an ATV accident at the family home in Mississippi.

The Packers have lost three straight at home primarily because they can't stop the run without 350-pound nose tackle Grady Jackson, who hurt a kneecap in the opener at Carolina and hasn't played since.

Chicago's Thomas Jones ran over them for 152 yards, New York's Tiki Barker had 182 and Brown might have topped them both had he not been pulled for backups early in the fourth quarter.

Brown had 90 yards on nine carries in the first quarter as Tennessee built a quick 17-0 lead that snuffed Green Bay's plan of giving the Titans a steady diet of Ahman Green.

The Packers had just 5 yards rushing on five carries in the first half, and Green finished with just 10 carries for 33 yards -- and he lost another fumble.

After Brown's 29-yard blitz-beating TD made it 14-0, Sherman chewed out his defenders on the sideline.

His wrath soon turned to Green, his slippery-handed running back who fumbled for the fourth time this season. Anderson converted Green's gaffe into a 36-yard field goal that made it 17-0 with 6 minutes left in the first quarter. At that point, the Titans had outgained the Packers 145 yards to 4.

Favre tried to rally his team, but without a running game to worry about, the Titans keyed on his passes and picked off three of them, two by Lamont Thompson. His second interception set up McNair's 11-yard touchdown strike to Berlin that made it 34-13 in the third quarter. Thompson also forced a fumble.

Anderson's kick following Antowain Smith's 15-yard touchdown run with 2:34 left made it 48-20 and broke the record for visiting points that Washington set in a 48-47 loss at Green Bay in 1983.

"The season is still salvageable, but not the way we're playing," Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher said. "The hole is getting deeper and deeper as we go here."

Game notes


McNair's 71 wins is most in franchise history, bettering Warren Moon's 70. ... Favre has thrown a TD pass in 30 straight games, tying him for second place with Dan Marino. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record at 47.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Tennessee
Green Bay
1st Downs2322
3rd down efficiency
6-141-8
4th down efficiency
1-12-3
Total Yards456437
Yards per play6.46.9
Total Drives03
Passing232402
Comp-Att
16-2731-52
Yards per pass
8.67.7
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing22435
Rushing Attempts
4411
Yards per rush
5.13.2
Penalties12-1053-15
Turnovers06
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
03
Possession38:0022:00

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNair15/262067.9200-0
Bennett1/12626.0100-0
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre24/443387.7230-0
Nall7/8648.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown271485.5237
McNair7365.1016
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green10333.3018
Favre122.002

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mason46315.8126
Berlin35317.7130
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker815919.9157
Driver1015015.0047

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENGB
TD1:29CHRIS BROWN 37 YD RUN (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 66 yds, 1:29
70
TD5:15CHRIS BROWN 29 YD RUN (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 4 plays, 63 yds, 2:04
140
FG8:55GARY ANDERSON 36 YD
Drive: 5 plays, 16 yds, 2:55
170
FG13:47RYAN LONGWELL 39 YD
Drive: 5 plays, 49 yds, 1:12
173
SECOND QUARTERTENGB
TD5:33TROY FLEMING 14 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 6:46
243
TD8:33BUBBA FRANKS 1 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 70 yds, 3:00
2410
FG13:14GARY ANDERSON 38 YD
Drive: 12 plays, 44 yds, 4:41
2710
FG14:58RYAN LONGWELL 53 YD
Drive: 9 plays, 32 yds, 1:03
2713
THIRD QUARTERTENGB
TD7:00EDDIE BERLIN 11 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 34 yds, 2:47
3413
FOURTH QUARTERTENGB
TD1:18DERRICK MASON 26 YD PASS FROM DREW BENNETT (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 2 plays, 23 yds, :59
4113
TD9:16BUBBA FRANKS 11 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 13 plays, 98 yds, 4:59
4120
TD12:26ANTOWAIN SMITH 15 YD RUN (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 40 yds, 3:10
4820
TD13:59JAVON WALKER 1 YD PASS FROM CRAIG NALL (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 64 yds, 1:33
4827