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AP Game Summary: Packers Fall To Titans 27-13

Vince Young ran for a touchdown and threw for another in his strongest performance this preseason, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Green Bay Packers 27-13 on Thursday night. - More Packers-Titans Game Center | Photos


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vince Young ran for a touchdown and threw for another in his strongest performance this preseason, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Green Bay Packers 27-13 on Thursday night.

On a night where not getting hurt was the top goal, Green Bay had a handful of players injured with the most worrisome rookie defensive tackle B.J. Raji -- the No. 9 draft pick overall. Raji hurt his ankle after having three tackles and a sack.

Aaron Rodgers lasted one series for the Packers and went three-and-out. Kerry Collins also played only one series and just missed a touchdown pass with a throw that was a little high to Justin Gage.

The Titans (3-2) and Packers (3-1) have finished exhibition play against each other the last eight years, with Tennessee going 6-2.

Rodgers lasted one series as he did a year ago in the preseason finale against Tennessee. Unlike that game when he tossed a long touchdown pass on one play, Rodgers was 2 of 3 for 7 yards but no first down. Count that a win for the Titans' starters considering the Packers' first-team offense had outscored opponents 76-10 in its previous six quarters of work this preseason.

A series is all Collins lasted. He left with a 3-0 lead thanks to Chris Johnson, who ran for 23 yards on three carries to set up Rob Bironas' 49-yard field goal. Bironas later added a 31-yarder.

Young came in next and got to play with the rest of the first-team offense a couple series, including the first time this preseason for the entire line together with right tackle David Stewart back in his game in a month. Young turned a 3-3 tie into a 20-3 halftime lead.

He looked much more decisive and finished 7 of 12 for 85 yards with a TD pass. He also ran five times for 38 yards and another TD.

Tennessee receiver Dominique Edison may have taken advantage of the last game to make a good impression before the final roster cuts Saturday. He caught an 8-yard TD pass from Young in the second quarter and held onto a 31-yarder from Patrick Ramsey for a second in the third despite falling down at the goal line near the pylon.

The sixth-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin finished with five receptions for 90 yards hours after the Titans worked out veterans Matt Jones, Jerry Porter and Samie Parker in case they need help with Nate Washington nursing an injured hamstring.

Mark Jones, who fumbled in his best return a week ago, likely earned his job returning kicks for the Titans. He returned his first punt 16 yards and took the first kickoff 44.

Tennessee scratched four players, a group that didn't include running back LenDale White who didn't dress.

Green Bay also took precautions, scratching eight players including both starting cornerbacks in Charles Woodson and Al Harris and receiver Greg Jennings. But Packers safety Anthony Smith was hurt when he collided with Edison, and cornerback Brandon Underwood, who started for Woodson, had a stinger. Pat Lee hurt his knee on a 41-yard kickoff return in the third quarter and had to limp off.

Packers linebacker Nick Barnett made his return from a torn ACL, and rookie Clay Matthews, limited by a hamstring this preseason, debuted on the second series. Both had a couple tackles apiece.

Kregg Lumpkin scored the only TD for the Packers on a 5-yard run. Mason Crosby had a pair of field goals.

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