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Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game with xx-xx win

Sat Jan 11 11:37pm ET
By BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Ryan Tannehill, Kalif Raymond, Corey Davis, Derrick Henry, Jonnu Smith, Mark Andrews, Lamar Jackson, Hayden Hurst, Marquise Brown

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates his touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. The Tennessee Titans won 28-12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs against Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas (29) during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (15) works for a catch against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Baltimore Ravens wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas (16) runs against the Tennessee Titans on a kickoff return during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Seth Roberts (11) can't catch a pass as he is covered by Tennessee Titans strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (24) during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kalif Raymond (14) celebrates his touchdown during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kalif Raymond (14) makes a touchdown catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


BALTIMORE (AP) The Tennessee Titans fear no one. Not even the NFL's best team.

Why should they with Derrick Henry running - and even throwing - the ball, and a big-play defense making clutch stops and turnovers?

One week after dominating defending Super Bowl champion New England, Henry gained 195 yards rushing and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass in a 28-12 victory over the Ravens. Baltimore (14-3) had won its last 12 games, with quarterback Lamar Jackson setting records and looking unstoppable.

On Saturday night, it was Henry who was unstoppable.

Plus, Tennessee's defense had two interceptions of Jackson, who also lost a fumble, and the Titans (11-7) twice stopped Baltimore on fourth-and-1.

Henry's jump-pass to Corey Davis displayed yet another of his skills. He has completed three throws in four attempts in his career.

But it's the way he plows over and through opponents that makes Henry - and the Titans - dangerous. Next week, they will go after their second Super Bowl trip and first since the 2000 season, either at Kansas City or Houston. The last sixth seed to get to the big game was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won it all.

Tennessee scored all of its points off takeaways or fourth-down stops.

Ryan Tannehill's throws to Jonnu Smith and Kalif Raymond, who missed the last two games in concussion protocol, gave Tennessee a 14-point edge.

Tennessee's first score came after tight end Mark Andrews, the Ravens' top receiver this season, mistimed his leap and had Jackson's pass deflect into the air. Safety Kevin Byard was there to pick it off.

Byard scooted 31 yards down the left side, and with a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Jackson added, the Titans were at the Baltimore 35. The hushed crowd then saw five straight Titans runs to the 4 before Earl Thomas came free untouched for an 8-yard sack.

Tennessee simply shrugged and Smith made a juggling catch in the left corner of the end zone. Replay determined he landed barely in bounds for a 7-0 lead.

A fourth-down stop with less than a yard to go - the first time in nine tries all season the Ravens failed on fourth-and-1 - set up Tennessee's next touchdown. Tannehill made it 14-0 with his gorgeous long pass that floated over Raymond's shoulder into his arms behind All-Pro defensive back Marcus Peters. The folks in the stands dressed in purple, who hadn't seen their team in such a deep hole since the end of September, had gone silent.

They did wake up for Baltimore's 12-play second-quarter drive that included a 30-yard completion to rookie Marquise Brown on third down. But the drive netted only Jason Tucker's 49-yard field goal.

Brown again was instrumental on a late 91-yard drive to Tucker's 22-yarder as he made a spectacular one-handed grab of a 38-yard pass, also on third down. Getting within one score in a half they were generally outplayed gave the Ravens little boost, though.

Henry's 66-yard romp on third-and-1 led to his passing TD on a direct snap in the third quarter, followed one play later by Jurrell Casey forcing Jackson's fumble, recovered by rookie Jeffery Simmons. Tannehill's 1-yard run made it 28-6.

MORE HENRY

Henry's TD pass was the first by a running back in the playoffs since 1987, when Allen Rice of Minnesota managed it.

Henry is the first player with two games of 175 rushing yards or more in the same postseason. He has set the postseason single-game rushing record for the Titans in consecutive weeks.

He also has the most yards rushing through his first four postseason games, coming in with 366 and now is at 561, beating Hall of Famer Terrell Davis and Arian Foster, who were tied with 515 through their first four.

LAMAR'S LAMENT

Jackson's superb season ended with a major thud. He finished with gaudy numbers - 31 of 59 for 365 yards, 20 carries for 143 yards - and a 15-yard TD pass to Hayden Hurst. But the Ravens flopped ignominiously.

Jackson was better than in his previous playoff game, a wild-card loss to the Chargers last year. At halftime in that one, Jackson was 2 of 8 for 17 yards and an interception for a 0.0 quarterback rating. He came on in helping Baltimore make that one close in the second half.

UP NEXT

Titans: On to either Kansas City or division rival Houston in the AFC title game.

Ravens: Their superb season and 3 1/2 months of winning are over and they head into the offseason way early than expected.

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