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Titans Kick Themselves Following 13-10 OT Setback to Steelers

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At the end of the year, this loss may not matter. But boy would it have been great to get it.

For the Titans, the effort was just short as the Super Bowl champion Steelers topped Tennessee with a 3-yard OT field to escape with a 13-10 win Thursday night. The Titans nearly lost late in the 4th quarter, but they made a great game saving play, stripping Hines Ward of the ball inside the five, taking away what would have been a sure chip-shot field goal.

Instead, the Titans sat on the ball with about :50 left, and the Steelers won the the coin toss in overtime, and on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger, they were able to march down the field and kick a Jeff Reed field goal for the victory. Without a running game to speak of, the game came down to Roethlisberger, who went 33-for-43 for 363 yards with one TD and two picks.

The big play in OT came from of all people – Steelers rookie wide out Mike Wallace, who made a great 22-yard catch to the Titans 15-yard line. After that, Mike Tomlin marched Reed out there to finish off a Titans team that matched Pittsburgh punch for punch most of the night.

Tennessee had their shots, as kicker Rob Bironas missed one field goal, had another blocked, and did hit one long 45-yard field goal, but the team could have won the game if he would have made another one of those kicks. Kerry Collins threw a 14-yard TD to Justin Gage to make it 7-7 with 0:48 in the second quarter after the Steelers took a 7-0 lead after Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes with a 34-yard TD.

Collins went 22-for-35 for 244 yards with one TD and one pick. The Titans run game was more effective from the start, as they ran for 86 yards compared to the Steelers 36 yards. Chris Johnson ran for 57 yards on 15 carries, LenDale White had 28 yards on 8 carries.

In the end, the Titans can kick themselves for not making the most of their chances. Collins was pressured all night, and there was also a couple drops on the Titans end as well. They were also 3-for-12 on third downs. Otherwise, it was a pretty even game from start to finish.

These two teams may meet again, and make no mistake, the Titans can for sure match the punch that the Steelers bring on an every play basis.

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2 Responses to “Titans Kick Themselves Following 13-10 OT Setback to Steelers”

  1. angelodebo says:

    I thought the Titans got out-coached in this football game. How could they sit back and allow Rothlesburger all day to throw. Rushing 4 guys on 3rd and 13? Chuck Cecil abv. has a learning curve.

    Where was Chris Johnson? Not his fault at all. No screen, no dump offs..nothing. The o-coordinator needs to get this guy involved! The Steerlers are blizing with 7-8 guys! How bout a screen?

    Bad coaching lost this game..

  2. The Hamburgular says:

    Titans fans, you must learn: Never disrespect the towel.

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