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Turnovers, penalties hamper Titans

HOUSTON _ Taylor Thompson was a hero last week, landing a pancake block that sprung Darius Reynaud for a 105-yard kickoff return.

But on Sunday, Thompson was involved in back-to-back plays that played a key role in the Titans falling out of the game in a 38-14 loss to the Houston Texans.

Thompson was whistled for holding on a 28-yard punt return that Darius Reynaud had taken back to the Texans' 30.

Instead, the Titans began play at their own 32 and on the very next play, a deep pass for Thompson was tipped by the tight end, intercepted by Danieal Manning and returned 55 yards for a touchdown, making the score 21-7 and essentially taking the Titans out of the game.

“It was a little behind me, and I should have adjusted more and come back to that,” Thompson said. “I was just trying to bat it down.”

As for the penalty call, Thompson said it was borderline.

“It could go either way honestly,” Thompson said.

Thompson certainly wasn't the only Titan with key mistakes, as Hasselbeck was picked twice for touchdowns and had a fumble as well.

“Those are plays that I'm replaying in my head over and over,” Hasselbeck said of his first interception and the fumble. “I could have for sure done something different to help our team win the game today, and I didn't.”

Also, tackle David Stewart had two critical 15-yard personal foul penalties in the second half that cost the Titans while the game was still relatively in hand.

“Obviously, he has to be smarter than that, even if he's the second guy,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “He's obviously always an aggressive guy. We like that about Dave. He's just got to be smarter not to be the guy caught doing whatever he was supposedly doing.”

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