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Ken Whisenhunt wins his Tennessee debut as Titans rally to beat Packers 20-16 in rain

  • Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) is congratulated by wide receiver Nate Washington (85) after scoring a touchdown on a 13-yard run against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) is congratulated by wide receiver Nate Washington (85) after scoring a touchdown on a 13-yard run against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) runs 20 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game in the rain Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) runs 20 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game in the rain Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) fumbles the ball in the rain in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Locker recovered he ball on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) fumbles the ball in the rain in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Locker recovered he ball on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)  (The Associated Press)

Jackie Battle scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 5:02 left, and the Titans rallied to beat the Green Bay Packers 20-16 Saturday night in Ken Whisenhunt's coaching debut in Tennessee.

Rookie Zach Mettenberger made up for two turnovers in the fourth quarter by completing all three passes for 71 yards to set up Battle's go-ahead touchdown for Tennessee's first lead in a preseason opener played mostly in a pouring rain.

With quarterbacks having trouble holding onto the ball, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy had to feel good about his pregame decision to scratch not only Aaron Rodgers but also Eddie Lacy along with eight other Packers.

Davante Adams fumbled a punt in the first quarter that led to the Titans' first touchdown, a 13-yard run by Shonn Greene who's had two arthroscopic surgeries in the past year. Rookie Bishop Sankey caught a 5-yard TD pass from Charlie Whitehurst.

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