Record pass rush, Brown’s big day lost in the Titans’ defeat

In some ways, it was a record-setting day for the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. Unfortunately for them, it did not translate to a win in the AFC Division Playoffs.

The Titanslost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-16, thanks in large part to three turnovers and losing the ball once on downs. The loss wiped out a banner day for the Tennessee pass rush and a franchise-best effort from receiver A.J Brown in the process.

The Titans tied an NFL playoff record with nine sacks of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in the game. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons had a monster game with three sacks and affecting the Bengals’ passing game virtually the entire day.

Still, it was not enough.

“It sucks. We don’t plan to come in and give this kind of speech to the media about losing, especially in a playoff game,” Simmons said. “It hurts, because we worked day in and day out, especially up front. We just came up short. This won’t stop us, though.”

A frustrated Coach Mike Vrabel offered a sarcastic response after the game when asked about the defense and the sacks.

“Last year you talked about all the sacks we didn’t have, and you guys somehow think that sacks lead to victories. They’re great. Talk about how many we had this year, but I like turnovers and interceptions and caused fumbles. Maybe we had too many sacks this year,” Vrabel said.

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