All season long the Titans played it close to the vest. Sunday in rainy San Diego, they dominated the first 18-20 minutes of football, but were unable to take advantage of several opportunities, and it came back to haunt them as their season ended 17-6 with a loss. The Chargers slept through the first half, getting beat up and down the field by a Titans team that played hard, but in the end wore down to the more talented Chargers, who will move on to Indianapolis next Sunday for a game vs the Colts.
San Diego came to life in the third quarter, quickly wiping out a 6-0 deficit with two drives that saw them kick a short field goal, then finally put the ball in the end zone as Phillip Rivers hit his favorite target on the day, Vincent Jackson, from 25 yards out to make it 10-6 with 2:35 left in the quarter. The Titans offense, led by a game effort by less than 100 percent QB Vince Young, never got on track in the second half, gaining only 66 yards in the final 30 minutes on four possessions.
After a slow start that saw the Chargers lose a yard total in the first quarter, they did put together an 8-play drive in the second quarter, but it bogged down and they punted. They then had a 7-play drive end with a Nate Keading 45-yard field goal miss. Nevertheless, with the Titans unable to do much themselves after putting up 122 yards in the first quarter, the Chargers stayed in the game. Tennessee scored on their first drive after going 61 yards in 13 plays, and then two drives later were inside the Chargers 10 when Chris Brown fumbled, taking away the best chance of the day for a Titans touchdown.
The Chargers were able to salt the game away in the fourth quarter as LaDainian Tomlinson, who ended with the hardest 42 yards of his life, went over from a yard out with 8:45 left to make it 17-6. Tennessee’s final two drives ended with a punt and a Young interception, sealing the comeback win for the Chargers. Rivers was the teams MVP on this rainy Sunday afternoon, as he threw for 292 yards on 19-of-30 passing with one TD and a pick. Young played the whole game, going 16-for-29 for 138 yards. He was also sacked three times.
So for the Titans, it’s the end of a season that saw them start 6-2, lose three straight, then scramble to get into the playoffs in the last game of the season with a win over the Colts 16-10 in Indy last Sunday. They played Sunday with numerous players less than 100 percent, and some weapons, including wide out Roydell Williams, out as he broke his ankle in practice on Wednesday. They are getting better, and can walk away from 2007 proud.