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Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week’s Tennessee Titans-Detroit Lions matchup is the 12th all-time meeting between the Titans and Lions. In the 11 previous bouts with the Lions, the Titans hold an 8-3 record.

The Titans have won the last four matchups, including victories in 2001, the 2004 season finale, a Thanksgiving game in 2008 and an overtime thriller at Nissan Stadium in 2012.

The 2008 contest marked the Titans’ first appearance at Ford Field, which opened in 2002.

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The Titans rushed for 292 yards— the third-highest total in franchise history—and won by a final score of 47-10. Running backs Chris Johnson (125 yards) and LenDale White (106 yards) combined for 231 of the club’s yards on the ground.

With the 2008 victory, the Titans moved to 2-0 in all-time Thanksgiving meetings with the Lions. Prior to 2008, the Oilers earned a 24-21 victory on November 26th, 1992.

In Week 3 of 2012, the Titans defeated the Lions 44-41 in overtime and in the process became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in a game. Their touchdowns included Tommie Campbell’s 65-yard punt return, Jared Cook’s 61-yard reception, Darius Reynaud’s 105-yard kickoff return, Nate Washington’s 71-yard reception and Alterraun Verner’s 72-yard fumble return.

The Titans’ three total return touchdowns tied a franchise record. Additionally, the game marked the first time in club history the Titans/Oilers scored two touchdowns on punt returns and/or kickoff returns in the same game.

The Oilers first encountered the Lions one season after the 1970 merger between the American Football League and the National Football League. The Lions prevailed at the Astrodome by a final score of 31-7 on October 17th, 1971.

Most Recent Matchups

2004 Week 17 • January 2nd, 2005 • Lions 19 at Titans 24
Linebacker Keith Bulluck puts up the first points of the day, forcing Lions quarterback Joey Harrington to fumble and returning the ball 39 yards for a touchdown … Billy Volek finds Drew Bennett for a 32-yard score to give Tennessee a 14-10 lead at halftime.

Detroit battles back from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit with a 17-yard touchdown from Harrington to Roy Williams but fails on the two-point conversion attempt … With less than two minutes to play, safety Donnie Nickey breaks up a critical fourth-down pass attempt from Harrington, ending Detroit’s comeback on the Tennessee 16-yard-line.

2008 Week 13 • November 27th, 2008 • Titans 47 at Lions 10
Chris Johnson and LenDale White lead Tennessee on the ground, each eclipsing the 100-yard mark and adding two scores apiece in a Thanksgiving Day victory … Defensive end Dave Ball scores on a 15-yard interception return in the first quarter.

Kicker Rob Bironas goes a perfect four-for-four on field goals (49, 41, 45, 43 yards) in the second half to stretch the lead … The Titans defense stifles the Lions, holding them to 154 total yards, forcing three turnovers, tallying four sacks and not allowing a third-down conversion all game.

2012 Week 3 • September 23rd, 2012 • Lions 41 at Titans 44 (OT)
The Titans survive in overtime after allowing two touchdowns in the final 18 seconds of regulation, including a Hail Mary touchdown from Shaun Hill to Titus Young … The Titans become the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of 60 yards or longer, reaching the end zone on a punt return by Tommie Campbell, a kickoff return by Darius Reynaud, a fumble return by Alterraun Verner and two touchdown passes by Jake Locker.

Locker passed for 378 yards, while Hill and starter Matthew Stafford combined for 450 … Rob Bironas kicks a 26-yarder in overtime, and the Titans defense follows with a fourth-down stop from their own seven-yard line.

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