Titans record OT win over Browns in all-field goal matchup
By TOM WITHERS
The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — When all else fails, the Tennessee Titans know they can turn to Ryan Succop.
“That guy’s money,” Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota said Sunday after Succop kicked four field goals — including a 47-yarder with 1 minute, 55 seconds left in overtime that gave the Titans a 12-9 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns, who also lost durable offensive tackle Joe Thomas to a triceps injury.
Succop’s winning kick, which extended his NFL-record streak for successful attempts inside 50 yards to 55, improved the Titans’ record to 4-3.
Succop had earlier converted on kicks from 43, 23 and 46 yards before missing a 53-yarder with 8:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.
He made five field goals in Monday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts.
“We’re very fortunate to have him,” said Mariota, a Saint Louis School graduate who completed 21 of 34 passes for 203 yards. “In these situations, he’s done it time and time again. When you have a guy like that it’s huge.”
Browns rookie Zane Gonzalez forced overtime by kicking a season-long 54-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 9-9. Gonzalez also was good from 31 and 47 yards.
Cleveland (0-7) was called for 12 penalties and dropped to 1-22 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson.
Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler, missed an offensive snap for the first time in his 11 NFL seasons — a streak of 10,363 consecutive plays. He will undergo an MRI test today.
“I’m definitely proud getting over that 10,000 milestone,” Thomas said. “I knew it wasn’t an infinity streak. I was enough of a realist to understand that. It was just a matter of time.”
Tennessee’s Kevin Byard had three interceptions — two off DeShone Kizer, who was benched in the second half by Jackson for Cody Kessler.