Sports Large Right Rail Promo

NFL on Twitter

National Football League
Tennessee 23, New Orleans 21
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 14, 2021
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Temperature: 55°
Head Official: Jerome Boger
Attendance: 69414

Ryan Tannehill threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as the host Tennessee Titans won their sixth consecutive game by defeating the New Orleans Saints 23-21 on Sunday afternoon.

Tannehill completed 19 of 27 for 213 yards for the Titans (8-2), who withstood a potential tying two-point conversion attempt by the Saints with 1:16 remaining.

Trevor Siemian, making his second start at quarterback since Jameis Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury, completed 19 of 34 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns for the Saints (5-4).

Both teams played without their top running back as the Titans' Derrick Henry is on injured reserve after undergoing foot surgery and the Saints' Alvin Kamara was sidelined by a knee injury.

Mark Ingram II, who returned to New Orleans in a trade with Houston last month, started in Kamara's place and rushed for just 47 yards, but that was enough for him to surpass Deuce McAllister as the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

The Titans recovered Deonte Harris' fumble at the Saints 19 on the second-half kickoff. That led to Tannehill's 2-yard touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt that increased Tennessee's lead to 20-6.

Ingram's 13-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 20-12 at the end of the third quarter.

Randy Bullock kicked a 36-yard field goal to give the Titans a 23-12 lead before Brian Johnson, who missed both of his extra-point tries, kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it a one-score game with 5:35 left.

Siemian threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway, but after a false-start penalty his two-point conversion pass failed, as did the ensuing onside kick.

Marcus Johnson turned a short completion from Tannehill into a 50-yard gain, setting up Bullock's 28-yard field goal that gave Tennessee a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Siemian answered with a 46-yard completion to Harris, setting up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith for a 6-3 New Orleans lead before Bullock kicked a tying 36-yard field goal.

Tannehill ran one yard for a touchdown that gave Tennessee a 13-6 lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Orleans   Tennessee
Mark Ingram II Player D'Onta Foreman
14 Attempts 11
47 Yards 30
3.4 Avg Yards 2.7
1 Touchdowns 0
13 Long 6
New Orleans   Tennessee
Deonte Harris Player Marcus Johnson
3 Receptions 5
84 Yards 100
28.0 Avg Yards 20.0
0 Touchdowns 0
46 Long 50
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
New Orleans 373 86 287 3 1 0 2.0 0
Tennessee 264 66 198 2 3 0 4.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • Tennessee will play their next game at home against Houston. The Titans have a W/L % of .857 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Saints have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .667 after a loss.