They certainly weren’t the only plays turned in by Jerry Hughes on Sunday, but his two most important came on back-to-back plays in crunch time when the defense needed a stop to try and let their offense kill the clock.
Buffalo had just gone up 14-13 with 5:25 left in the game. The Bills defense thought they had the stop they were looking for when Corey Graham separated Justin Hunter from the football on a pass over the middle. But a flag came in late charging Graham with unnecessary roughness.
Suddenly the Titans were in a 1st-and-10 at their own 33 and just 35 yards from a long field goal to win it. Jerry Hughes took his turn on defense to make things happen.
Marcus Mariota on a read option tried to fool Hughes into thinking he had the ball on a run to the Titans left flank, but Hughes held his ground spotted Bishop Sankey with the ball trying to run toward the line of scrimmage and arrived quickly to wrap him up and drop him with Kyle Williams for a one-yard loss.
On the next play Mariota tried to set up a screen pass to the Titans right side to Dexter McCluster. The flow of the play went completely away from Hughes, but he ran the play down all the way from the back side ultimately taking Sankey down shy of the sideline to keep the clocking ticking.
“You’ve got to go out there and play football,” said Hughes. “There will be days when the offense picks us up and there will be days like this. We just go out there and execute the game plan. It’s a team sport. When it came down to it, our offense did what they needed to do. They outscored them so we walk away with the win.”
Nickell Robey followed up with a third down stop on Delanie Walker and the Titans were punting.
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