Two Super Bowl contenders, each led by an NFL MVP candidate, will go head to head on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 16 when the Packers face the Titans at snowy Lambeau Field.
Green Bay (11-3) is the betting favorite to make it out of the NFC and is led by Aaron Rodgers. The veteran quarterback may be 37, but he hasn’t showed any signs of aging this season. He leads the NFL with 40 touchdown passes, to just four interceptions, and he has a chance to make his case for MVP on national television.
Standing in his way are Derrick Henry and the Titans (10-4), who may not be favored to get past the Chiefs in the AFC but are still plenty dangerous. Henry leads the NFL in rushing attempts (321) and rushing yards (1,629) and is second with 15 rushing TDs. Henry’s physicality allows Tennessee to control time of possession and wear down opposing defenses. It also makes Ryan Tannehill much more dangerous in the passing game off play-action.
The Packers have already locked up the NFC North title and are looking to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Titans haven’t quite secured the AFC South, but thanks to the Colts’ loss to the Steelers on Sunday, Tennessee can clinch the division with a victory.
Packers vs. Titans score
Packers vs. Titans live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
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FINAL: Packers 40, Titans 14.
11:07 p.m. — Titans punt. Packers get the ball at their 14-yard line with 1:41 remaining.
11:00 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Dillon runs it in for his second TD of the night on a 7-yard rush. The rookie out of Boston College is up to 124 yards on the night and Green Bay leads 40-14 with 2:25 remaining.
10:51 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Tennessee gets down to the Green Bay 9-yard line, but Tannehill’s pass on fourth and 4 falls incomplete. Packers take over at their 9-yard line with 8:28 remaining.
10:43 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Well, that didn’t last long. Rodgers throws just his fifth pick of the season as Malcom Butler snags it and gives the Titans the ball back at their 37-yard line with 12:24 remaining.
10:39 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Tannehill is picked off for the second time tonight, this time by Christian Kirksey. Green Bay takes over at its 43-yard line with 14:48 left in the fourth quarter.
10:35 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Packers 33, Titans 14. Tennessee has it, first and 10 at the Green Bay 35-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
10:26 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. A.J. Dillon breaks loose on fourth and inches for a 30-yard TD. Green Bay leads 33-14 with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
10:14 p.m. — Titans punt. Tennessee goes three and out this time and the Packers get the ball back at their 26-yard line with 9:23 left in the third quarter.
10:08 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers hooks up with Adams for their third TD of the night (Rodgers’ fourth) on a 8-yard pass to the middle of the end zone. Green Bay leads 26-14 with 10:27 remaining in the third quarter.
10:02 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, TITANS. Just the fast start Tennessee needed to start the second half. Ryan Tannehill keeps it on the read option and runs it up the gut untouched for a 45-yard TD to make it 19-14 with 12:01 left in the third quarter.
9:43 p.m. — HALF: Packers 19, Titans 7. Tennessee will get the ball to start the second half.
9:36 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, TITANS. A huge drive for Tennessee is capped off with a 12-yard TD pass from Tannehill to Jonnu Smith. Green Bay’s lead is cut to 19-7 with 37 seconds remaining in the first half.
9:30 p.m. — Two-Minute Warning. Titans have it, second and 7 at their 48-yard line.
9:25 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Tennessee blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt and returned it to the Green Bay 10-yard line, but was flagged for offsides. Instead, the Titans will have to settle for forcing a turnover on downs after sacking Aaron Rodgers for a 17-yard loss on fourth down. Tennessee takes over at its 29-yard line with 4:16 to play in the half.
9:13 p.m. — Titans punt. Tennessee is in trouble. The Titans’ offensive line isn’t built to pass protect in obvious passing situations and it showed as they went three and out on that drive. Green Bay gets the ball back at its 45-yard line with 9:01 remaining in the first half.
9:07 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers goes over the top to Adams from 7 yards out for the duo’s second TD connection of the half. Green Bay leads 19-0 with 10:46 left to play in the second quarter.
9:00 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Ryan Tannehill’s pass on third down is picked off by Darnell Savage. The Packers take over at the Titans’ 34-yard line with 13:30 remaining in the second quarter.
8:54 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers gets time in the pocket and goes over the top to Equanimeous St. Brown for the easy 21-yard TD. Aaron Jones can’t get in on the 2-point conversion, Green Bay leads 12-0 with 14:54 left in the second quarter.
8:50 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Packers 6, Titans 0. Green Bay has it, third and 1 at the Tennessee 21-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:40 p.m. — Titans punt. Tennessee gets all the way down to the Green Bay 32-yard line, but elects to punt instead of attempting a 50-yard field goal in the heavy snow. A touchback gives the Packers the ball back at their 20-yard line with 5:48 left in the first quarter.
8:30 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Who else? Aaron Rodgers throws it out to Davante Adams in the flat, who beats his man and takes it in for the 5-yard TD. Mason Crosby misses the PAT, Green Bay leads 6-0 with 9:55 left in the first quarter.
8:23 p.m. — Titans win the toss. They’ll defer and the Packers will receive to start the game.
Packers vs. Titans start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|