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Mariota, Titans falter again down stretch in loss to Buffalo

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the second time in as many games, the Tennessee Titans were unable to maintain a double-digit second-half lead, and rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota lost his fourth career game at the hands of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Nashville. 

Both teams started slow offensively; Tennessee lead just 3-0 at halftime, but a 7-play drive midway through the second quarter that ended with an Antonio Andrews rushing touchdown gave the Titans a 10-0 advantage.

Though few would compare him to Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor accomplished a feat similar to Luck's after facing a double-digit deficit. Taylor guided Buffalo to a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarters, including touchdowns of his own both on the ground and in the air.

After a 22-yard rushing touchdown with 1:20 to play in the third quarter, Taylor threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan with 5:25 to play in the game. The scoring pass gave Buffalo a 14-13 lead.

Tennessee had a chance to take the lead with less than two minutes to play in the game, but an interception by Marcus Mariota with 1:32 left in the game sealed the win for the Bills.

Mariota was accurate otherwise, completing 21 of 32 passes (65%) for 187 yards, but did not throw a touchdown pass. He also led Tennessee on the ground, with 5 rushes for 47 yards. He had carried the ball 5 times in his previous 3 games.

"You know, we'll learn to finish games," Mariota said after the Titans' loss. "Obviously we can improve on those things, and we'll go from there. It's one game, it doesn't define our season, and we just have to keep getting better."

Tennessee's next chance to get better comes Sunday, as the Titans host the Miami Dolphins. The game is the third of four straight at home for Tennessee. 

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