Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards rushing and had a career-high four touchdowns, with 99 of those yards coming on an NFL-record-tying touchdown scamper in the second quarter.
For 36 years, Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett’s record had stood alone as the longest run in NFL history. That all changed Thursday night at Nissan Stadium when Henry etched his name alongside Dorsett’s in the record book.
Up 7-2 midway through the second quarter, the Titans’ defense stuffed the Jaguars for a goal-line stand. Immediately thereafter, Henry went on his thrilling touchdown run that put clown pants on the Jaguars’ once-vaunted defense and essentially turned the tide heavily in the Titans’ favor.
Henry burst through the left side of the line of scrimmage, gave a soul-crushing stiff arm to A.J. Bouye, then tossed aside Leon Jacobs and finally out-ran Myles Jack en route to the record-tying 99-yard touchdown run.
Henry finished the game with four rushing touchdowns, one shy of the NFL record held by several players. Henry had a chance to get a fifth touchdown when the Titans faced a first-and-goal situation midway through the fourth quarter. Instead, Henry allowed teammate Dion Lewis to get those goal-line carries. The Titans failed to score and turned the ball over on downs. This moment came as the Titans were coasting toward their seventh victory of the season.
Henry’s franchise-record 238 rushing yards broke Chris Johnson’s 228 yards from 2009 in a game that also was against the Jaguars.
Henry had 474 yards rushing and five touchdowns entering Thursday night’s game, which means there might have been a quite a few fantasy football players who left the Henry on their bench.
Dorsett pulled off his 99-yard touchdown run in the 1982 regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
The first 99-yard rushing TD in NFL history: @Tony_Dorsett on Jan. 3, 1983.
And Dorsett wasn’t even supposed to get the ball.
Watch closely: Dallas had only 10 men on the field. FB Ron Springs, who was supposed to carry it, misunderstood the playcall and ran out of the huddle! pic.twitter.com/1hqYQknBRl
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) December 7, 2018
Derrick Henry may have tied Tony Dorsett’s record for longest run in NFL history, but Dorsett still holds record for longest run with 10 men on the field. His 99-yarder on MNF in 1983 was without FB Ron Springs, who misunderstood the play call and ran off the field.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 7, 2018
Henry’s run is a Titans franchise record, but — amazingly — only by five yards. Johnson had a 94-yard touchdown run against the New York Jets in 2012.
Henry’s record-tying touchdown run comes just two weeks after the Houston Texans’ Lamar Miller had a 97-yard touchdown run against the Titans on Monday Night Football. It is also the third 90-plus-yard touchdown run in the last 11 days. Adrian Peterson had a 90-yard touchdown run against the Eagles on Monday night.
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