The Tennessee Titans came out of a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 on Thursday, a victory that saw the Dallas Cowboys advance to the NFL playoffs .
Randy Bullock netted the winning 44-yard field goal with four seconds left to cap the Titans’ second-half comeback and keep them on track for a playoff berth.
Tennessee wide receiver AJ Brown, in his first game back from injury, caught 11 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, his strong second half sparking an attack from the Titans that had only managed 55 yards and three firsts. tests in the first half.
Brown’s 18-yard touchdown gave Tennessee a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco tied the score at 17-17 with 2:20 remaining, but Bullock sealed the victory after a 23-yard scrum from Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill put them in goal position.
Tannehill completed 22 of 29 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown as the AFC South Titans improved to 10-5.
The Titans can win the division on Saturday if the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Cardinals in Arizona.
Brown said the Titans weren’t disheartened after their dismal first half.
“We were still in this game, it was 10-0,” he said.
“We just had to make one play and then we had to make another play. So that was the state of mind. That’s what we did,” said Brown, who had six catches for 121 yards in second half-time.
San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 25 of 34 passes for 306 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
The 49ers fell to 8-7 but remained on the hunt for an NFC wildcard spot.
Their loss secured a playoff berth for Dallas, which can clinch the NFC East Division title with a victory over Washington on Sunday.