Derrick Henry, defense lead Titans past Giants, 17-0

Derrick Henry's 170-yards rushing and the Titans first shutout in 18 years secures win over Giants

In rainy and windy conditions at Met Life Stadium, the Tennessee Titans rode the running of Derrick Henry and outstanding defense in shutting out the New York Giants, 17-0 on Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive at 8-6.

It was the Titans’ first shutout in 18 years, when they blanked the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Day at the end of the 2000 regular season.

And Sunday’s win looked a lot like the formula those Titans from nearly two decades ago used to win games.

The Titans force-fed the football to Derrick Henry, who followed up his franchise-record 238 yards last week against Jacksonville with a 170-yard effort Sunday on 33 carries. The running game was so effective that Marcus Mariota threw just 20 passes, completing 12 for a mere 88 yards in the miserable conditions.

It was the Titans’ defense that helped to carry the load, forcing a pair of turnovers by Giants quarterback Eli Manning and limiting New York’s star rookie running back Saquan Barkley to just 31 yards on 14 rushes.

After missing a 48-yard field goal on their opening series, the Titans defense forced a three-and-out, and Henry and the offense answered with a touchdown drive that went 70 yards on 15 plays. Henry scored on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1 to put the Titans ahead with what turned out to be all the scoring the Titans would need.

The score remained 7-0 until late in the third quarter when Manning fumbled trying to flip the ball forward while under pressure. Jurrell Casey made the recovery and the turnover setup Tennessee’s and Henry’s second touchdown five plays later – again from a yard out.

Tennessee then finished off the Giants with Ryan Succop’s 22-yard field goal to make the score 17-0.

The only thing left to determine was whether or not the defense would complete the shutout ,which happened when Manning’s fourth-and-goal pass fell incomplete with less than two minutes left.

The Titans moved up another notch in the hunt for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. They are one of three teams at 8-6 now with two games to play.

Miami lost to Minnesota to fall to 7-7 overall, while Baltimore and Indianapolis both won to improve to 8-6 as well.