Johnathan Joseph put the Titans right back into Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings.
Jadeveon Clowney took them right back out of it.
On the first drive of the second half and with Minnesota leading 17-9, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins badly missed his target and found Joseph, who had a wide open path to a pick-six. But as he sprinted to the end zone, Clowney nailed Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson with a blindside block, which is a personal foul penalty. The penalty negated the return, and took the points off of the scoreboard.
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Instead of a chance to tie with a two-point conversion, Tennessee had to get the ball on the fringes of field goal range. Three negative plays later, the Titans had to punt.
As turning points go, this was a big one early in the second half in Minnesota, even as Tennessee rallied to take the lead into the fourth quarter and win the game late in the fourth quarter with a Stephen Gostowski 55-yard field
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Jadeveon Clowney’s personal foul penalty costs Titans a pick-six early in second half vs. Vikings