In week 9 of the NFL, the Green Bay Packers (4-3) traveled to Nashville to challenge the undefeated Tennessee Titans (7-0). Green Bay is coming off their bye week while the Titans had a short week following their Monday night win against the Colts.
The game stayed very close throughout its entirety. The Titans started off the game by getting field goals on their first two drives. The Packers answered back with a field goal of their own. After getting a 3 and out on the Titans next offensive drive, Green Bay added another 7 to the board with the first TD of the game. The last score of the first half was set up by a 54 yard run by RB Lendale White. Two plays later, Titan?s electrifying rookie running back Chris Johnson ran it in for the TD. Tennessee has the lead going into the half with the score 13-10.
The opening of the second half featured four drives in which neither the Titans or the Packers could score. Both defenses came out strong to start the third quarter and didn?t allow any points. The third quarter ended with both teams adding three more points to their score, so the Titans kept a three point lead. The score going into the fourth quarter was 16-13.
The Packers opened the fourth quarter with a field goal, which tied the game. The entire forth quarter was once again a battle of defenses. Multiple big defensive stands prevented either team from scoring. The Titans had a chance to get the win after a strong offensive drive with less than two minutes left in the game. Rob Bironas attempted a 47 yard field goal with four seconds left, but it bounced off the right post.
The game went into overtime. The Packers called heads, but it landed as tails. The Titans elected to receive. Tennessee?s offense marched down the field after moving the chains on two crucial third down plays. Rob Bironas came onto the field and attempted a 41 yard field goal. Bironas redeemed himself after his first miss, as the ball soared through the uprights. The Titans win 19-16.
The Titans move to an impressive 8-0 as the Packers fall to .500 with a 4-4 record. Chris Johnson was the player of the game with 161 all purpose yards and 1 rushing TD. The Titans defense had 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. The Titans struggled today, but ended up finding a way to win. Next week, Tennessee travels to Chicago to play the Bears.