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Tennessee at San Francisco
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 17, 2017
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

After laying an egg in their last contest, the Tennessee Titans hope to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot Sunday as they visit a team with newly gained confidence in the San Francisco 49ers. Tennessee had won six of seven before dropping a 12-7 decision at Arizona last week to fall one game behind Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South.

Despite the loss, the Titans have allowed fewer than 17 points in six of of their last seven games - including each of their last three - and enter Week 15 in the first wild-card spot in the conference. With matchups against the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville in its final two contests, Tennessee cannot afford to overlook San Francisco, which has won two straight and three of four after opening the season with nine consecutive defeats. The 49ers posted a 26-16 victory at Houston last week for their second win in as many starts by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who completed 20-of-33 passes for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown. San Francisco is 8-5 in the all-time series but suffered a 34-27 loss in the last matchup it hosted on Nov. 8, 2009.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: 49ers -1.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE TITANS (8-5): Quarterback Marcus Mariota has had issues of late, throwing eight of his 14 interceptions this season over his last four games - including two in the loss to the Cardinals. The 24-year-old struggled a bit in that contest after injuring his knee in the first half but will be good to go against San Francisco. Left tackle Taylor Lewan exited last week's contest with back spasms and missed Wednesday's practice but was back on the field Thursday.

ABOUT THE 49ERS (3-10): Wideout Marquise Goodwin has registered at least 50 receiving yards in five consecutive games, which is the team's longest streak since Anquan Boldin had an eight-game run in 2014. Garoppolo has passed for 627 yards in the last two games and needs 141 against Tennessee to give him the most in the first three starts by a quarterback in franchise history. San Francisco signed Max McCaffrey from Green Bay's practice squad and placed fellow wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

EXTRA POINTS

1. San Francisco RB Carlos Hyde needs one rushing touchdown to match the career high of six he set last season.

2. Tennessee S Kevin Byard is tied for the league lead with six interceptions.

3. San Francisco T Joe Staley is a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award for the third straight year.

PREDICTION: Titans 27, 49ers 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Tennessee 8-5 L1 21.0 22.6 5-1 3-4 7-4 0-0 - - 7-4
San Francisco 3-10 W2 17.5 24.2 1-5 2-5 2-8 0-0 - - 2-9
Last Meeting
Tennessee San Francisco
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/20/13 SF 31 TEN 17 368 70 298 349 153 196
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tennessee J. Locker 61.0 326 2 1
San Francisco C. Kaepernick 61.9 199 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tennessee C. Johnson 9 39 4.3 0
San Francisco F. Gore 24 70 2.9 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tennessee K. Wright 9 98 10.9 0
San Francisco A. Boldin 5 74 14.8 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Tennessee C. Johnson 1
San Francisco F. Gore 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tennessee M. Mariota 62.2 2582 10 14
San Francisco C. Beathard 54.9 1430 4 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tennessee D. Henry 133 649 4.9 5
San Francisco C. Hyde 188 771 4.1 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tennessee D. Walker 63 718 11.4 2
San Francisco M. Goodwin 41 783 19.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Tennessee D. Murray 6
San Francisco C. Hyde 5