Oh, Henry! Ti­tans RB ties record in big win over Jags

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Der­rick Henry sped and stif­farmed his way to a record-ty­ing 99-yard touch­down run and the Ten­nessee Ti­tans routed the Jack­sonville Jaguars 30- 9 on Thurs­day night to stay in the play­off chase.

And that was just part of an amaz­ing night for Henry.

Henry tied Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dal­las against Min­nesota for the long­est TD run in NFL his­tory. Henry ran to his left and ran up the side­line, stiff-arm­ing first Jaguars cor­ner­back A. J. Bouye, then rookie line­backer Leon Ja­cobs twice and fi­nally a shove to line­backer Myles Jack to fin­ish off the TD.

The 2015 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner cel­e­brated by strik­ing the Heis­man pose not once, but twice.

Henry set a fran­chise record with 238 yards on just 16 car­ries, top­ping the pre­vi­ous mark of 228 yards set by Chris John­son in 2009 against yes, the Jaguars.

Henry fin­ished with a ca­reer-high four TDs, ty­ing Lorenzo White and Hall of Fame run­ning back Earl Camp­bell for most rush­ing TDs in a sin­gle game in fran­chise his­tory. Henry also be­came the first player in the NFL with four rush­ing TDs in a game since Jonas Gray of the Pa­tri­ots in Week 11 in 2014.

With the rout and se­cond win in a row, the Ti­tans (7- 6) stayed in AFC play­off con­tention with their fourth straight vic­tory over their old­est di­vi­sion ri­val. They’ve won six of their last seven against Jack­sonville.

The Jaguars (4- 9) have lost eight of their last nine. MCCARTHY RE­TURNS TO SPEAK TO PACK­ERS » Fired shortly af- ter Sun­day’s loss to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, for­mer Green Bay Pack­ers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t get a chance to say good­bye to the team he coached for most of the past 13 sea­sons.

On Wed­nes­day, he got his chance. In­terim coach Joe Philbin al­lowed McCarthy back into Lam­beau Field to speak to the team, and the play­ers bid him farewell with a stand­ing ova­tion.

“He held it to­gether as much as you can,” third-year de­fen­sive tackle Kenny Clark said. “It was emo­tional. It was emo­tional for all of us. Mike came in, and we were sur­prised he was even com­ing in. See­ing him, gave him a round of ap­plause and thanked him. He was emo­tional about it, we were all emo­tional about it.”

Line­backer Clay Matthews spent all 10 NFL sea­sons with McCarthy.

“I was happy to see him,” Matthews said. “Ob­vi­ously, first thing’s first, you un­der­stand that this is a busi­ness and not many peo­ple get that op­por­tu­nity. For him to in­vest the past 13 years in this team, has given his heart and soul to us, to have that kind of clo­sure, it was great of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. I know we re­ally en­joyed it. I’m sure he did from a clo­sure stand­point.”

The Pack­ers en­ter Sun­day’s home game against the Fal­cons hav­ing lost five of the past six games to tum­ble to 4-7-1. Sun­day’s loss to the Car­di­nals, who were only 2-9 at the time, sealed McCarthy’s fate. SMITH DEAL­ING WITH COM­PLI­CA­TIONS » Wash­ing­ton has asked for pri­vacy for Alex Smith and his fam­ily amid re­ports the quar­ter­back is deal­ing with com­pli­ca­tions from surgery to re­pair a bro­ken leg.

In a state­ment, the team said it ap­pre­ci­ates con­cerns about Smith’s in­jury that oc­curred Nov. 18 against Hous­ton and that the 34-year- old and his fam­ily re­main strong. A team spokesman de­clined to say whether Smith was still in the hospi­tal more than two weeks af­ter surgery to re­pair a bro­ken right tibia and fibula.

Coach Jay Gru­den said Nov. 19 he ex­pected Smith to make a full re­cov­ery and be out six to eight months. NFL Net­work and Wash­ing­ton’s 106.7 FM re­ported that Smith is still bat­tling in­fec­tion in his right leg and is be­ing tended to by doc­tors. BEN­JAMIN TO SIGN WITH CHIEFS » Kelvin Ben­jamin’s foray into free agency has been brief.

The for­mer Bills wide re­ceiver is set to sign a one-year deal with the Chiefs, a source told nfl.com. Buf­falo had ac­quired him at last sea­son’s trade dead­line from Carolina.

Ben­jamin was waived by the Bills on Tues­day. The fourthyear wide re­ceiver will look to turn around his ca­reer in Kansas City.

He fin­ished his Bills ten­ure with 39 catches for 571 yards and two touch­downs.

FRED­ER­ICK BREE­DON — GETTY IM­AGES

Ti­tans run­ning back Der­rick Henry sprints away from the Jaguars de­fense for a 99-yard touch­down dur­ing Thurs­day night’s win.

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