Today was the Tennessee Titans biggest game of the year so far. The game pitted the two best teams in the AFC against each other. The Titans come in to the game with a record of 12-2 while the Pittsburgh Steelers are 11-3. The winner of this game will receive home field advantage in the playoffs.
The game was a very intense and exiting one. It was a battle of defense, turnovers, and big plays. The first turnover of the game was when Ben Roethlisberger fumbled on the 1 yard line before crossing into the Touchdown. With the next two Titans offensive drives, they had gotten out of the bad field position and Bironas connected on a 42 yard field goal.
Roethlisberger fumbled the ball again three plays into their drive. The Titans recovered the ball and turned it into a 34 yard TD with an impressive catch by Justin Gage. The Steelers cut into the Titans 10-0 lead after Roethlisberger threw for a deep TD pass for 31 yards to Santonio Holmes. A couple drives later Pittsburgh took the lead with another long pass. This time it was Hines Ward with the grab for 21 yards and the TD.
The Titans responded with a great drive of their own.. They were faced with a 3rd and 20 after Kerry Collins was sacked. They got 19 yards on a throw to Gage and decided to go try to convert on the 4th and 1. On the 4th and 1 play, Chris Johnson busted open a run straight into the Touchdown for 21 yards. The Titans took the lead and held on to it for the rest of the game.
The Steelers have been known to keep the score close and then pull off the win in the end as they have done so many times this season. However, today was not the case.
On the Steelers final four drives of the game Ben Roethlisberger turned the ball over on every drive. Their first drive ended with an interception by Michael Griffin. The Titans ensuing drive turned this turnover into a 1 yard TD run by LenDale White. The second and third Pittsburgh drives ended in fumbles by Roethlisberger. The Steelers final drive ended when Roethlisberger threw another interception to Griffin, which he returned for an 83 yard TD.
The game ended 31-14. The Titans won by a surprisingly large majority. If Titans fans had any concerns about their teams? abilities then they should be laid to rest now. Jason Jones had an incredible game. He was the DE filling in for Kyle Vaden Bosch. Jones had 3 forced fumbles and three and a half sacks. He should be getting the Defensive player of the week based on this outstanding performance. In total, the Titans defense had 5 forced fumbles, 5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Collins looked amazing and made many big throws going 20/29 for 216 yards and 1 TD.
The Titans secure home field advantage by moving to 13-2. They travel to Indianapolis to finish out the regular season. They may use this game to rest some of their players since they have nothing left to fight for. The Titans proved today that they are the team to beat in the AFC, and since they have easily defeated the best team in the AFC, does this mean that they will be able to reach the Superbowl? If the Titans play the way they did today for the rest of the season, then they should not only reach the Superbowl, but become Champions.