|2013 Tennessee Titans season|
|Owner||Bud Adams (until death) |
KSA Industries (after October 21)
|Head coach||Mike Munchak|
|General manager||Ruston Webster|
|Home field||LP Field|
|Division place||2nd AFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||CB Alterraun Verner|
The 2013 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League, the 54th overall, the 17th in the state of Tennessee and the third under head coach Mike Munchak. It was also the final season under the ownership of Bud Adams, who died on October 21. The Titans slightly improved on their 6-10 record from 2012, but missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
|2||34[a]||Justin Hunter||Wide receiver||Tennessee|
|5||142||Lavar Edwards||Defensive end||LSU|
|1||August 8||Washington Redskins||L 21-22||0-1||LP Field||Recap|
|2||August 17||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 19-27||0-2||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 24||Atlanta Falcons||W 27-16||1-2||LP Field||Recap|
|4||August 29||at Minnesota Vikings||L 23-24||1-3||Mall of America Field at the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
|1||September 8||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 16-9||1-0||Heinz Field||Recap|
|2||September 15||at Houston Texans||L 24-30 (OT)||1-1||Reliant Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 22||San Diego Chargers||W 20-17||2-1||LP Field||Recap|
|4||September 29||New York Jets||W 38-13||3-1||LP Field||Recap|
|5||October 6||Kansas City Chiefs||L 17-26||3-2||LP Field||Recap|
|6||October 13||at Seattle Seahawks||L 13-20||3-3||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
|7||October 20||San Francisco 49ers||L 17-31||3-4||LP Field||Recap|
|9||November 3||at St. Louis Rams||W 28-21||4-4||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|10||November 10||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 27-29||4-5||LP Field||Recap|
|11||November 14||Indianapolis Colts||L 27-30||4-6||LP Field||Recap|
|12||November 24||at Oakland Raiders||W 23-19||5-6||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|13||December 1||at Indianapolis Colts||L 14-22||5-7||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 8||at Denver Broncos||L 28-51||5-8||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|15||December 15||Arizona Cardinals||L 34-37 (OT)||5-9||LP Field||Recap|
|16||December 22||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 20-16||6-9||EverBank Field||Recap|
|17||December 29||Houston Texans||W 16-10||7-9||LP Field||Recap|
The Steelers were on a disappointing run; Tennessee took advantage of this in 2012 and beat them at home by a score of 26-23, despite finishing at 6-10, while the Steelers went 8-8. In 2013, the Titans traveled to Pittsburgh for their season opener against the rival Steelers. They got off to a strong start, scoring a touchdown and 3 field goals for a 16-2 lead, as the Steelers could only manage a safety. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers cut the Titans' lead to 16-9 after they scored a touchdown. However, Tennessee ran out the clock, ensuring themselves a victory. With the convincing win, the Titans started the season at 1-0, but since the Colts beat the Raiders, 21-17, and the Texans later defeated the Chargers, 31-28, Tennessee tied for 1st place in the AFC South, since the Jacksonville Jaguars were humiliated, 28-2, at home by the Kansas City Chiefs.
For the first time since 1992 the Titans franchise defeated the Chargers, winning on a 34-yard touchdown throw from Jake Locker to Justin Hunter with 15 seconds to go. Locker finished with 367 all-purpose yards - 299 passing yards, 68 rushing yards. Chris Johnson finished with 90 rushing yards.
The Titans forced four Jets turnovers; Jake Locker threw three touchdowns off turnovers as the Titans led 24-6 at the half. Locker was knocked out of the game in the third quarter following hits from Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, suffering a right hip injury; a subsequent MRI showed no major damage to Locker's hip and he was sidelined for the next two games. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game, throwing a 77-yard score to Nate Washington. Geno Smith of the Jets was intercepted twice, but the most-popularized play came when he fumbled behind his back at the Titans goalline and Karl Klug fell on the touchdown. Tennessee won 38-13.
The game was the first meeting between the Titans and their former coach, Jeff Fisher, and the first game for the club since the passing of its founder, Bud Adams. For the first time in 7 years, it was also quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's first return to St. Louis since he was traded from the Rams following the 2006 season. Fitzpatrick played his first 2 seasons in and was drafted 250th overall by St. Louis in 2005. The game lead tied or changed on every score as the Titans erupted to 198 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Chris Johnson scored twice amid 170 all-purpose yards (150 on the ground) while Jake Locker overcame two interceptions to throw for 185 yards and run in a six-yard score.
With the loss, coupled with the Miami Dolphins' win, the Titans were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
|2||New England Patriots||East||12||4||0||.750||4-2||9-3||.473||.427||W2|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||West||11||5||0||.688||2-4||7-5||.445||.335||L2|
|6||San Diego Chargers||West||9||7||0||.563||4-2||6-6||.496||.549||W4|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|9[e]||New York Jets||East||8||8||0||.500||3-3||5-7||.488||.414||W2|