Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sports

Titans 34, Saints 28, OT

Interim coach wins behind Mariota

NEW ORLEANS — Interim Titans coach Mike Mularkey paused for a moment and took a deep breath to regain his composure. The clutch play of rookie Marcus Mariota and the relentless effort of his beat-up defense meant that much to him.

Mariota passed for a personal-best 371 yards and four touchdowns, including a 5-yard score to Anthony Fasano in overtime, as Tennessee snapped a six-game skid by beating New Orleans.

"I'm still shaking," Mularkey said. "It was an absolutely great win for this team. … Never once did they ever flinch."

Mariota, in his return from a knee sprain that sidelined him for two games, converted some quick, decisive throws under pressure. He was not sacked, sometimes rolling away from pressure to buy more time, and did not turn the ball over.

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