Marcus Mariota, a quarterback whose mobility is as much a weapon as his arm, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Even the injury couldn’t keep him from a victory on Monday Night Football.
Trailined 19-15 late in the third quarter, Mariota engineered a slow march down the field at Nissan Stadium, using 15 plays to gain 87 yards and capping it with a handoff to DeMarco Murray, who ran 3 yards through a tackler into the end zone to grab a 22-19 lead early in the fourth. The best came less than five minutes later, with the game tied at 22-22.
Mariota, a passer who thrives in a rollout-based offensive scheme, instead stood tall in the pocket, stepping up and launching a perfect pass to a wide-open Taywan Taylor for a 53-yard touchdown, which would prove to be the difference needed for a prime-time win.
WHAT. A. THROW.
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Mariota finished with a line of 23-of-32 passing for 306 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Thanks to a late, 72-yard touchdown run from Derrick Henry, the Titans exited with a 36-22 win and a .500 record through six games. After suffering through six quarters of Matt Cassel and two defeats, Tennessee is undoubtedly glad to have Mariota back.