The Titans were intent on using the two-tight end set against San Diego's 3-4 scheme. Tennessee did so for a good portion of the game on Sunday before being forced into their three-wide set in the two-minute offense as they played catch-up.
For that reason, the three-wide formation wound up being the most used package. The Titans also had some unusual formations in the game plan as well. They finally used Jared Cook on the field for six plays out of the two-tight end package, almost universally split wide as a receiver.
Tennessee ran 22 first-down plays
--In the two back set, the Titans ran the ball four times and gained 37 yards total. Included in this was Chris Johnson's 29-yard, reverse-course touchdown run at the end of the first half. The Titans only used the two back set five times on first down with the lone pass being a 26-yard gain to Damian Williams.
--From the two tight-end set, the Titans ran three times for 16 yards and also threw seven times with three completions, the most important of which was the 71-yard bomb to Nate Washington in the second half.
--The Titans ran just one play from three-wide in the first half, but ran it on first down five other times in the second half, exclusively when they were in the two-minute drill for good in the fourth quarter. They gained three yards on two rushes from this set, and hit on 2-of-3 passes for eight yards.
--Tennessee ran one play on first-and-goal from a two-back and three tight end set from the 1, but Chris Johnson was stopped for no gain.
Tennessee ran 16 second-down plays
--In the two-back set, the Titans ran only eight plays the entire game. On second down, Tennessee ran twice for 5 yards and had one incompletion.
--In the two-tight end package, the Titans ran three times and lost two yards, but went 3-of-5 passing for 43 yards.
--The Titans did not call a running play on second down from the three-receiver package. They hit on 2-of-4 passes for 8 yards.
Tennessee ran 13 third-down plays and converted four times
--The Titans did not use the two-back set on third down at all on Sunday. There were a few third-and-2 spots, but no real short-yardage situations.
--From the two-tight end formation, Tennessee did not call a single running play but had one completion in its only attempt – the 36-yard pass to Jared Cook.
--Tennessee ran once for a 1-yard Javon Ringer gain on third down. The Titans passed 10 times, completing four attempts for 60 yards.
--In a unique no-back, three-tight end set (with Chris Johnson off the field), the Titans used it once, resulting in an incomplete pass.
Tennessee ran two fourth-down plays and converted once
--The Titans ran two plays on fourth down from the three-wide set, completing the first pass for 10 yards. The second one was the final play of the game, the drop by Chris Johnson on fourth-and-2.
Play call tendencies
--First down: Run/pass ratio 10-12. First down runs netted the Titans 56 of their 65 yards rushing in the game. Tennessee did well throwing the football on first down as well, hitting 6 of 11 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Young also scrambled for 4 yards once on first down, the play on which he re-injured his left ankle.
--Second down: Run/pass ratio 5-11. On second down, Tennessee had no luck running the football on second down. The five rushing calls netted only 3 yards, including two from the two-tight end set that lost 2 yards. The Titans fared better throwing the ball, hitting on 6-of-11 throws for 45 yards and one touchdown.
--Third down: Run/pass ratio 1-12. The Titans gained only 1 yard running on third down, but completed 5-of-12 passes for 96 yards. While third down is usually pass-heavy, this sort of imbalance spells trouble.
--Fourth down: Run/pass ratio 0-2. Before Chris Johnson's fatal drop inside the 10-yard line, the Titans completed their other fourth-down pass on the drive - a Kerry Collins pass to Lavelle Hawkins for 10 yards.