Despite passing for over 300 yards and two scores, Jake Locker could not complete the comeback in his return from a hip and knee injury that kept him sidelined for the previous two weeks.
Considering that the 49ers were the NFC Champions just a year ago and the Titans were a miserable 6-10, there were not many storylines surrounding this game. However, one interesting headline that surfaced over the course of the week was the fact that the Titans drafted Jake Locker with the 8th overall pick while Colin Kaepernick dropped to the third round.
“It’s something I definitely haven’t forgotten,” said Kaepernick.
The San Francisco 49ers jumped out to an early lead Sunday after a pair of Frank Gore 1-yard touchdown runs. It hasn’t been easy to drive down the field on the Tennessee defense this year but San Francisco managed to pound the ball for most of the day after adding another rushing score from Kaepernick in the second half.
Though Kapernick only managed to throw the ball for 199 yards on 13 completions with no touchdowns, the 49ers offense rushed for a total of 153 yards on more than 40 carries.
The Titans were unable to move the ball for most of the game with the exception of the fourth quarter. With a late surge including a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson and a late touchdown pass to Delanie Walker, the Titans almost completed a fourth quarter comeback.
Yet another special teams error put a damper on any hopes Locker had of overcoming Kaepernick and the Niners.
For the second week in a row, the Titans have settled for a moral victory. Playing good teams tough is certainly progress but Tennessee has managed to fall to under .500 for the first time this season despite a 3-1 start.
Granted, Locker has been absent and a slew of difficult games have haunted Tennessee, but the Titans that once showed promise have become complacent. Chris Johnson has still not rushed for 100 yards and hasn’t accumulated a single rushing touchdown while special teams errors continue to change the momentum in games.
Going into a bye week, Tennessee has time to salvage this season. Though 3-4, there still lies some promise in this young team as they have an extra week to prepare for a trip to St. Louis against the Rams. With Sam Bradford out for the year, this is the perfect opportunity for the Titans to get back on track with a road win.
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