Titans report card: Did the offense flunk Tennessee out of the playoffs?
Our grades for the Titans:
Ryan Tannehill's three interceptions were the Titans' downfall.
Tannehill threw interceptions on the Titans' first and last offensive plays and on his first pass in the second half.
The last interception came with just 20 seconds left when he threw into traffic and Cincinnati linebacker Logan Wilson caught the deflected pass at the Bengals' 40-yard-line. That led to the game-winning 52-yard field goal with no time left.
Derrick Henry's return from a broken right foot was overshadowed by the passing game's mishaps. Henry didn't do much. He wasn't even the Titans' leading rusher with 62 yards on 20 carries.
His backup, D'Onta Foreman, rushed for 66 yards on just four carries.
Tannehill redeemed himself late in the third quarter after his first two interceptions. He threw a 40-yard pass to A.J. Brown, who had split two defenders at the Bengals' 21. That led to a 34-yard field goal.
Less than two minutes later, Tannehill hit Brown again, this time on a 28-yard touchdown pass in the end zone, which tied it at 16.
Brown had five catches for 142 yards. The only question about his performance was why he wasn't targeted more often?
The Titans defensive front dominated the Bengals, coming up with nine sacks to tie the NFL record for a postseason game (held now by five teams).
Jeffery Simmons led the way with three sacks, and six other players had at least a half sack.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked on Cincinnati's first play and a total of three times in the first quarter and twice in the second. That also matched an NFL postseason record for sacks in a first half.
Even under the almost constant pressure and without any help from his run game, Burrow remained calm and moved the Bengals offense in spurts. He completed 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards.
Along with all the sacks the defense came up with one of the Titans' biggest plays when Amani Hooker intercepted a pass after it came off running back Joe Mixon's hands at the Cincinnati 27.
It was a solid performance by the special teams — no big plays and no bungles.
Some more return yards would have helped. Chester Rogers had just five yards on three punt returns and Dontrell Hilliard only returned one kickoff for 26 yards.
The coaching decision to go for two after Tennessee's first touchdown was a mistake, but the unit could not be blamed for that.
Placekicker Randy Bullock connected on his only field-goal attempt from 34 yards, and Brett Kern averaged 41.5 yards on four punts and put the Bengals in bad field position throughout the game.
Coach Mike Vrabel's decision to go for two after the Titans' first touchdown was ill-advised. It was awfully early to be chasing points.
Yes, Henry had looked good on the direct-snap 3-yard touchdown run. But to go back to Henry on the 2-point conversion with the Bengals expecting it showed a lack of imagination and left the score tied.
Offensive coordinator Todd Downing's play calling also left a lot to be desired.
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