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Titans QB Marcus Mariota says original play on Derrick Henry’s 99-yard TD run was QB sneak

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota reverted to a built-in check on the play that landed running back Derrick Henry a 99-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards on the ground in the 30-9 victory over the Jaguars, which included the long run gave the former Alabama star one of his four rushing touchdowns on the evening.

However, it was Mariota who may deserve a lot of credit for Henry even getting the opportunity to make history due to a change in the play call, according to ESPN’s Titans beat writer Turron Davenport.

From Davenport:

#Titans QB Marcus Mariota said there was a built in check to the Derrick Henry 99-yd TD run. Original call was a QB sneak. Good thing for the Titans they went with option two.

So, instead of a quarterback sneak that would’ve likely netted only a few yards at most, the Titans instead got one of the best rushing plays in the NFL history.

That seems like a pretty good change of direction from Mariota, especially considering that it was a launching point towards Henry’s monster performance.

Of course, that was one of many big plays that helped the Titans move to 7-6 season while staying in the AFC playoff race.

The Tennessee offense will hope to offer the same type of production in Week 15 against the New York Giants before finishing up the regular season with consecutive home games against the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts.