The Tennessee Titans hosted the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football to open Week 16, and it turned into the A.J. Brown show. The receiver returned from a chest injury that cost him three games and thoroughly dominated in the second half. He finished the game with 11 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers simply did not have an answer for him.
Tennessee won a wild one, kicking a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds to secure a huge 20-17 win. The 49ers dominated much of the first half. They drove down the field with ease on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead. Penalties and bad Jimmy Garoppolo decisions cost them and they could only manage a 10-0 lead at halftime.
After the Titans kicked a field goal on their first drive of the second half, Garoppolo threw a pick on his first pass of the third quarter. That set up Tennessee with a short field and they converted a D’Onta Foreman rushing score. They added another score to A.J. Brown in the fourth quarter and looked like they were ready to put the 49ers away.
However, San Francisco showed a little bit of life late in the fourth quarter. Deebo Samuel converted a 56-yard catch-and-run that set up first and goal and the 49ers were able to tie it. However, Ryan Tannehill had a huge scramble to set up Randy Bullock’s game-winning field goal.
With the win, Tennessee improves to 10-5 and can clinch the AFC South on Saturday if the Cardinals beat the Colts. If Indianapolis wins, the Titans can clinch a playoff berth with various bits of help on Sunday.
The 49ers drop to 8-7 and are in the midst of a chaotic NFC wild card race. They are in sixth place and a half game up on the Vikings, Eagles, and Saints. With Washington and the Falcons both sitting at 6-8, the NFC wild card picture could get incredibly muddy heading into Week 17.