Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans-Houston Texans rivalry is in its 20th year since the expansion Texans began play and the AFC South was formed in 2002. In 39 games, the Titans are 21-18 against the Texans, including a 12-8 mark at Nissan Stadium and a 9-10 record at NRG Stadium.
In the first meeting of 2021, the Texans won on a rainy afternoon at Nissan Stadium, ending the Titans’ six-game winning streak. The Titans had five turnovers, including four interceptions by the Texans defense. Although the Titans’ defense allowed just 190 yards, including seven total yards on Houston’s last six drives, the Texans prevailed by a final score of 22-13.
The first Titans-Texans game of 2020 was played at Nissan Stadium on October 18. The Titans set a franchise record with 607 total yards in a 42-36 victory. Derrick Henry rushed for 212 yards, including the game-winning five-yard touchdown in overtime.
In the 2019 regular season finale, the two eventual playoff teams met at NRG Stadium. The Texans had already clinched the AFC South, while the Titans entered the day potentially needing a win to secure the wild card spot. The Texans had defended their home turf a series record seven consecutive times against the Titans, but the Titans came away with a 35-14 win.
The Titans franchise has a rich and storied history with the city of Houston. Under late owner KS “Bud” Adams Jr., the Titans existed as the Houston Oilers from 1960 to 1996. In Houston, the Oilers won the first two American Football League championships and made a total of 15 playoff appearances.
Ten players who have spent a significant portion of their careers in a Houston Oilers uniform are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former quarterback Warren Moon, outside linebacker Robert Brazile, defensive tackle Curley Culp and offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. The team moved to Tennessee in 1997 and in 1999 adopted the nickname “Titans”.
Amy Adams Strunk, owner and current president of the Titans, is a graduate of the University of Texas and resides in Waller, Texas.
2019 Week 17 • 29 Dec. 2019 • TITANS 35 at Texans 14
The Titans secured a playoff berth with their first victory in Houston since the 2011 Finals. Derrick Henry rushes for 211 yards and three scores, winning the NFL title during the season on a 53 touchdown run yards at the end of the fourth quarter.
Ryan Tannehill passes for 198 and two scores, while AJ Brown passes four times for 124 yards and a touchdown. AJ McCarron starts at quarterback for the Texans, as Deshaun Watson and several other starters rest with a guaranteed playoff spot.
2020 Week 6 • October 18, 2020 • Texans 36 to TITANS 42 (OT)
The Titans set a franchise record with 607 total net yards. Ryan Tannehill (366 passing yards) and Derrick Henry (212 rushing yards) become the first duo in NFL history with 350 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in a game. Henry (264 yards from scrimmage) scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a five-yard run into the Wildcat formation. Henry’s day also includes a 94-yard touchdown run and a 53-yard catch to set up the game-winning touchdown.
Tannehill dueled Deshaun Watson (335 yards and four touchdowns), throwing four touchdown passes, including two to AJ Brown, the second of which helped tie the score with four seconds remaining in regulation time.
2020 Week 17 • January 3, 2021 • TITANS 41 to Texans 38
The Titans clinched their first AFC South title since 2008 with victory in the season finale. Sam Sloman throws the game-winning field goal from 37 yards that bounces off the right post but passes when time expires in the fourth quarter. Derrick Henry sets a franchise record with 250 rushing yards, which also gives him a franchise-high 2,027 rushing yards for the season. Henry rushes for two touchdowns, as does quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
AJ Brown has 10 catches for 151 yards, including one for 52 yards with 10 seconds remaining to set up the game-winning field goal. Deshaun Watson passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans.
2021 Week 11 • Nov. 21, 2021 • TEXANS 22 to Titans 13
The Texans beat the Titans despite going 1-8 entering the contest against an 8-2 Titans team. The rain builds up in the first half and continues steadily throughout the rest of the game. Houston scores the first 19 points of the game. The Texans force five turnovers, led by Desmond King II’s two interceptions.
Houston quarterback Tyrod Taylor rushes for 28 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his 107 passing yards. Wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick scores his first career touchdown reception for the Titans, while tight end Anthony Firkser recovers a fumble in the end zone for the team’s other touchdown.