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NFL: Tennessee 16, Pittsburgh 9

Sept. 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Jake Locker went 11-of-20 through the air for 125 yards Sunday and the Tennessee Titans overcame a mistake on the opening kickoff to shock Pittsburgh 16-9.

Locker spurred the Titans to 16 straight points after Tennessee returner Darius Reynaud took the game's first kickoff and kneeled down for what he thought would be a touchback.

Reynaud, however, was in the end zone, so his downing the ball counted as a safety for Pittsburgh and handed the Steelers a quick 2-0 lead.

Chris Johnson picked up 70 rushing yards on 25 carries and running back Jackie Battle scored his first touchdown for Tennessee (1-0), which pulled off an upset in its season opener.

Ben Roethlisberger was held to 21-of-33 passing for 191 yards, one touchdown and an interception as the Steelers (0-1) managed just 32 rushing yards.

The game held more bad news for Pittsburgh when it lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey to a right knee injury.

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