If Henry had just that run, it would have been a memorable night. But in by far the best game of his pro career, he also had touchdown runs of 3, 16 and 54 yards against a defense that was ranked 16th in the N.F.L. against the run coming into the game.
Henry appeared destined for a fifth touchdown in the fourth quarter when the Titans had first-and-goal at Jacksonville’s 1-yard line. But Henry, showing some selflessness, insisted that the team let his backup, Dion Lewis, try to punch the ball in. Lewis ran the ball twice, losing one yard.
“We’ve both got to eat,” Henry said of his push to leave Lewis in the game. “I just care about my teammates, and I wanted to see him get a touchdown.”
The crowd got its wish on 3rd-and-goal, with Henry jogging back onto the field to raucous applause. It was not to be, however, as Henry was stopped for a 1-yard loss on third down, and Tennessee turned the ball over on downs when Marcus Mariota’s pass to Corey Davis fell incomplete.
Both teams feature throwback power rushers, but the contrast between Henry and Fournette on Thursday was extreme. Henry, who broke Chris Johnson’s franchise record for rushing yards in a game, had come into the day with just two 100-yard performances in 43 career games. Fournette, who was selected ahead of stars like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft, has often shown flashes of brilliance, but he found no holes in Tennessee’s defense, carrying the ball 14 times for 36 yards.
Henry, utilizing the blend of power and speed that made him such a dominant force at Alabama, not only outplayed Fournette, but he came up just short of outgaining Jacksonville’s entire offense by himself, as the Jaguars managed just 255 yards in defeat.
It was the N.F.L.’s first 200-yard, four-touchdown performance since Jonas Gray did it for New England in 2014. Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame running back of the Cleveland Browns, managed to accomplish the feat twice.