Running back Derrick Henry did more than just carry the rushing load for the Tennessee Titans in their 27-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
In addition to having 87 yards and one touchdown on 28 rushing attempts, the former Alabama All-American completed both his passes, including one for a touchdown, and caught two passes for 45 yards, with one going for a 42-yard gain.
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Henry followed Walter Payton as the second non-quarterback in the NFL’s Super Bowl era to have a touchdown run, a touchdown pass and two completions in the same game. Payton reached those stats in the Chicago Bears’ 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 18, 1983.
Henry also became the fifth player in NFL history to run for at least 10 touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, joining another former Alabama standout, Shaun Alexander, as well as LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner as the players to accomplish that feat.
Henry scored on a 4-yard run with 32 seconds left in the first half as the Titans went ahead 14-6.
With Tennessee leading 14-9 in the third quarter, it appeared the Titans were trying to get Henry into the end zone again on a handoff at the Green Bay 3-yard line. But as he approached the line of scrimmage, Henry jumped and threw a touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper.
Henry’s first pass had produced a 1-yard gain.
Henry became the first NFL player to reach 1,000 rushing yards this season in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game. He finished the contest with 1,010 yards on 227 carries for the 2022 campaign.
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Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 22-of-27 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, with rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks catching seven passes for 111 yards.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 24-of-39 passes for 227 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Packers converted half of their 14 third-down snaps into first downs, but they were 0-for-2 on fourth down in Tennessee territory.
In addition to Henry, four other players from Alabama high schools and colleges played in the Tennessee-Green Bay game:
· Titans linebacker Zach Cunningham (Pinson Valley) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Rudy Ford (New Hope, Auburn) started at safety for the Packers. Ford made three tackles on defense and another on special teams.
· Titans defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (Alabama) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Titans center Ben Jones (Bibb County) was designated as a game-day inactive. A concussion caused Jones to miss a game for the second time in his 11 NFL seasons.
· Roger McCreary (Williamson, Auburn) started at cornerback for the Titans. McCreary made five tackles.
· Jarran Reed (Alabama) started at defensive end for the Packers. Reed made four tackles.
· Monty Rice (James Clemens) started at inside linebacker for the Titans. Rice made three tackles.
· Titan quarterback Malik Willis (Auburn) dressed but did not play.
Tennessee improved its AFC South-leading record to 7-3. The Packers dropped to 4-7. Green Bay has its worst record 11 games into a season since it was 4-7 in 2006.
The Packers will play their next game in prime time, too. Green Bay visits the Philadelphia Eagles in the Week 12 Sunday night game on Nov. 27. The Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 27.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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