Young, Brady get knocked around in Titans win over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- Vince Young might have been better off staying home again.

After being benched for Tennessee's exhibition opener for spending the previous night at his house instead of the team hotel, Young was sacked four times Friday night. He also was tackled just short of the goal line on his final play in the Titans' 27-24 win over New England.

Young completed five of 17 passes for 102 yards and ran four times for 9 yards. Last season's offensive Rookie of the Year played the entire first half before Kerry Collins started the third quarter.

Collins led Tennessee back from a 17-7 halftime deficit on a 15-yard pass to Roydell Williams, John Vaughn's 31-yard field goal and Dontrell Moore's 4-yard run.

Vaughn's 22-yard field goal provided the winning points with 1:49 left after New England quarterback Matt Gutierrez scrambled for a 2-yard touchdown.

Young had a chance to bring the Titans (1-1) to 17-14 after they were stopped on two runs from the Patriots' 1-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, he ran off right tackle but was stopped by a swarm of tacklers led by Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel in the final minute of the first half.

New England quarterback Tom Brady also took his lumps but finished with respectable numbers -- 10-for-19 for 145 yards, a 28-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker and two interceptions. He played seven series before Matt Cassel took over late in the first half.

Brady was knocked hard to the ground on two passes that turned into interceptions and was slow getting up both times.

On the Patriots' first possession, Kyle Vanden Bosch rushed up the middle and slammed Brady as he released the ball. Cortland Finnegan picked it off and ran 51 yards for a touchdown.

During Brady's second series of the second quarter, he was knocked down by Antwan Odom. Lamont Thompson intercepted, giving the Titans the ball at their 41-yard line. That just brought Young more punishment.

On the next series, he was sacked on consecutive plays for 8 yards each, by Le Kevin Smith and Rodney Harrison.

Cassel struggled and threw two interceptions to cornerback Michael Griffin, Tennessee's first-round pick from Texas.

The Patriots were coming off a 13-10 loss at Tampa Bay in which Brady played just two series. The Titans lost 14-6 to Washington with the first team offense, led by Collins, managing just a field goal.

New England played its second straight game without two key offensive starters - wide receiver Randy Moss (upper leg injury) and running back Laurence Maroney (offseason shoulder surgery).

The last time the teams met, the Patriots ended the Titans' playoff hopes with a 40-23 win in their last regular-season game.

Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck said this week he was upset with the way some Patriots players acted after that game. He was irked at wide receiver Reche Caldwell and the fact that the Patriots went for a touchdown -- a scoring pass by Vinny Testaverde -- with the outcome already decided.

There were no incidents stemming from that during Friday's game.

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