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Measuring Tennessee vs. Seattle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans lost to both Super Bowl participants during the regular season.

On Oct. 13, 2013, the Titans lost 20-13 at Seattle. On Dec. 8, 2013, they lost 51-28 at Denver.

So with the 2013 NFL season a wrap, how did the Titans measure up to the champs?

Tennessee played well at Seattle early on. The Titans had 3-0 and 10-7 leads in the first half.

In the second half, the Titans had a gigantic chance to move ahead 17-10, but linebacker Zach Brown dropped a fumble recovery that could have been a 91-yard touchdown return.

But Ryan Fitzpatrick wound up throwing three interceptions (and dropping two fumbles the Titans managed to recover) and he said his play against the Chiefs the week before and in Seattle had “ground to a halt” the momentum the Titans had when they were 3-1 before those two games.

The Seahawks also helped further expose issues with the Titans’ coaching. Chris Johnson averages 2.8 yards on 12 carries. He was off the field after having the wind knocked out of him when a crucial third-and-1 rolled around. Shonn Greene was inactive with a knee injury and Jackie Battle was sidelined with a neck injury. So rather than running a sneak or a simple pass, the Titans handed off to their fourth-string running back, Darius Reynaud, and he got stuffed.

Measure the Titans against the Seahawks on that day, and it was largely about stars producing.

Seattle got two touchdowns from running back Marshawn Lynch, 257 passing yards and 61 rushing yards from quarterback Russell Wilson and interceptions from safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman.

Tennessee got seven of its points from cornerback Jason McCourty on a 77-yard fumble return and Rob Bironas kicked field goals of 38 and 25 yards. No touchdowns on offense isn’t a formula that’s going to beat the eventual Super Bowl champs.

One similarity the Titans can feel good about today is Seattle’s best unit was its pass defense (first), and so was Tennessee’s (11th).