Britt doesn't start, gains 225 yards in Titans win

Posted Oct. 24, 2010 @ 4:42 p.m.
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By Teresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans just don't lose anymore to NFC teams, and they keep finding new ways - and new stars.

Kerry Collins threw three touchdowns to Kenny Britt, who had the best game of his career two days after being involved in a bar fight, and the Titans scored a team-record 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 37-19 on Sunday.

Britt had the best receiving game in the NFL this season. He caught touchdown passes of 26, 80 and 16 yards and finished with seven receptions for 225 yards - all career highs for the second-year player on a day when he didn't start as punishment for his role in the fight.

The Titans (5-2) won their NFL-best 12th straight over the NFC with Collins making his first start in a year. Vince Young was sidelined by a sprained left knee and ankle that had him still limping in pregame warmups.

The Eagles (4-3) blew a 19-10 lead despite sacking Collins three times and forcing him into three turnovers. But Philadelphia couldn't convert any of those turnovers into points.

The turning point came when Tennessee, which had already intercepted Kevin Kolb, stripped him of the ball at the Titans 3 in the third quarter. Tennessee drove for a field goal to pull within 16-10.

David Akers kicked his fourth and final field goal, a 28-yarder giving Philadelphia a 19-10 lead, early in the fourth quarter. He had his own big day a week after missing three attempts in a win over Atlanta.

But Britt was the story of the game.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher started rookie Damian Williams instead of Britt, who didn't hit the field until the second quarter. His first catch went for a TD, a 26-yarder to put Tennessee up 7-3.

The Titans' first-round draft pick in 2009 out of Rutgers had his biggest play when he came back for Collins' pass near midfield as Eagles safety Nate Allen slipped. Britt caught the ball near the sideline and outran a defender to the end zone to pull Tennessee within 19-17 with 13:13 left.

The Titans defense, stretched most of the game, came through by forcing the Eagles three-and-out on three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter. The first set up Tennessee's go-ahead drive. Collins found Britt for a 42-yard completion that set up Rob Bironas' second field goal, a 38-yarder, to put Tennessee ahead 20-19 with 9:26 left.

After another three-and-out, Collins capped a 53-yard drive by finding Britt yet again in the end zone for his third TD with 5:03 left. Bironas added his third field goal with 22 seconds remaining, and Cortland Finnegan picked off Kolb and ran it back 41 yards for the final margin as time expired.

For all the talk over the past week and the NFL's video and memo to teams on hits to the head, nothing happened when Philadelphia linebacker Ernie Sims knocked running back Chris Johnson out of bounds in the first quarter, putting his helmet to Johnson's head at the end of an 11-yard run.

No flag was thrown, even though fans started yelling immediately - especially after a replay on the video board in the stadium.

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