Former University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry ran for 182 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tennessee Titans to a 20-13 win against the New England Patriots in an AFC wild-card playoff game on Saturday.
Henry ran the ball 34 times, much like his days at Alabama, and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, celebrated with Titans fans following the game and even gave out some footballs to a few.
“I enjoy celebrating with the fans,” he said. “They are always passionate. We have a great connection with the fans.”
The Titans put together a 7-play, 75-yard drive just before halftime, which was punctuated with a 1-yard Henry touchdown.
We wanted to put efficient drives together, everybody do their job and beat the man in front of you and be physical. That’s what we tried to do as we moved the ball down the field,” Henry said.
Derrick Henry’s 182 rushing yards in a playoff game ranks 13th in the post-merger era. The 34 rushing attempts ties him for 10th most. There have only been 2 34+ rushing attempt playoff games since 2001 (Shaun Alexander had 34 in 2006).
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No other player has rushed for more yards against a Bill Belichick-coach Patriots team than Henry’s 182-yard effort. His 22-yard reception gave him 204 total yards.
Henry finished the regular season as the leading rusher with 1,540.
The Titans move on to the next round and will face the Baltimore Ravens next week.
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