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Nobody expected Titans victory, says Henry after huge comeback

By Sports Desk September 20, 2021

Derrick Henry believes the Tennessee Titans pulled off a victory no one expected as they produced a stirring comeback to beat the Seattle Seahawks on the road.

The Titans had suffered a demoralising 38-13 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 heading into their trip to Seattle.

Their 2021 season looked poised to go from bad to worse when the Seahawks led 30-16 on Sunday, as the Titans tried to cope with offensive line injuries to Taylor Lewan and Rodger Saffold.

But Mike Vrabel's team were not to be denied as they recovered to earn an impressive 33-30 victory in overtime.

Titans running back Henry racked up 182 yards and three touchdowns from 35 carries as well as adding six catches for 55 yards.

Julio Jones, meanwhile, recovered from a difficult Titans debut which led to his connection with quarterback Ryan Tannehill being questioned by making six catches for 128 yards.

"Last week, we didn't play to our standards, and that was on us," Henry, the 2020 Offensive Player of the Year, said after the game.

"I don't think anybody expected us to come out here and get a W. 

"I don't get caught up in all the scenarios and records but we stuck together and I'm glad we came out here and got a win.

"I knew if we stuck together, trust in what we preach and what coach preaches, play the way we practice, it would eventually come together for us."

Henry became just the fourth player in NFL history to reach 10 career games with at least 150 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, after Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Ladainian Tomlinson and Barry Sanders.

Vrabel was understandably delighted by Henry's performance and the spirit shown by the Titans, who now have momentum at 1-1 going into a key Week 3 meeting with AFC South rivals the Indianapolis Colts.

"It [the impact of Henry] just never ceases to amaze me," Vrabel said.

"We have just got to keep being in opportunities and being in football games where he can help us affect the outcome. That's really what happened.

"I found out that they [the team] are willing to compete, willing to battle and fight.

"I was proud of them, I felt like that was our identity. You have to stop talking about your identity and hoping and wishing about an identity, you have to go out there and play to it and find out what it is.

"I think that [performance] was certainly who we are. These guys are excited, and they should be. All the credit to the players."

For Jones, acquired in a trade from the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, it was his 59th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, an accomplishment that saw him tie Marvin Harrison for the third-most such games in NFL history. 

The seven-time Pro Bowler now only trails NFL greats Jerry Rice (76 games) and Randy Moss (64) in that category. 

Jones also became the fastest player in history to reach 13,000 receiving yards, doing so in 137 games to smash the previous record held by Rice (154).

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