Tennessee Titans collapse, stunned by NY Giants on Saquon Barkley 2-point conversion
The Tennessee Titans collapsed in their season opener Sunday, falling to the New York Giants 21-20 after placekicker Randy Bullock missed a game-winning field goal from 47 yards as time expired at Nissan Stadium.
The Titans led 13-0 at halftime but were outclassed in the second half. The Giants pulled within 20-19 on Daniel Jones' 1-yard TD pass to Chris Myarick with 1:06 remaining, then took the lead on a 2-point run by Saquon Barkley.
Barkley rushed for 164 yards and a TD as the Giants won their first season opener in six seasons.
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Here are a few things that stood out from the game:
Randy Bullock unable to win the game
The Titans had a chance to reclaim victory after Barkley's 2-point run, advancing to the New York 29-yard line with some efficient passing and Giants penalties.
Bullock’s 47-yard field goal attempt missed wide left, after making kicks from 46 and 23 yards in the second quarter.
The costly miscue in run defense
The Titans gave up a 33-yard run to Barkley up the middle late in the fourth quarter. It would’ve gone for a touchdown had cornerback Kristian Fulton not forced the ball out from behind. The ball bounced out of bounds, and the Giants had the ball at the 26.
New York turned that drive into a touchdown to bring it within a point at 20-19. And an aggressive decision from Giants first-year coach Brian Daboll paid off. Instead of electing to tie the score with an extra point, the Giants went for 2 and converted to take the 21-20 lead.
Offense cooled off from hot start
The offense started off hot, posting an opening-drive touchdown (five-play, 45-yard series that took three minutes), but cooled off as the game wore on. After consecutive field goals to start the second quarter, the Titans punted on their next three drives.
After retaking the lead at 20-13 in the third quarter, Tennessee punted on consecutive drives before the missed field goal.
Tennessee left points on the board several times to an inferior Giants team.
In the first half, on the fourth drive, Tennessee had three plays inside the 11-yard line and couldn’t score a touchdown.
Near the end of the first half, the Titans also had all three timeouts and the ball with 4:03 left and came away with no points.
Defensive lapses in second half
The Titans’ defense, which shut out the Giants in the first half, began to unravel in the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Barkley broke free for a 68-yard run. An illegal use of the hands penalty by Denico Autry gave the Giants first-and-goal at the 4-yard line, and Barkley scored on the next play.
The Titans gave up a touchdown on the following series, too, after a blown coverage by Fulton led to a 65-yard score by receiver Sterling Shepard. After the extra point, the game score was tied at 13.
Pass rush dominance squandered
The Titans’ disheartening loss squandered a dominant pass rush effort. Tennessee had five sacks eight quarterback hits and two forced fumbles.
Jeffery Simmons and Rashad Weaver had two sacks apiece.
The Titans travel to Buffalo for a "Monday Night Football" showdown against the Bills on Sept. 19 (6:15 p.m., ESPN).