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Hasselbeck Sparks Titans; Defense Does the Job in 26-13 Win Over Ravens

A week after the Titans had too little, too late to come back in Jacksonville, Sunday at home they leaned on the arm of QB Matt Hasselbeck to lay an upset on the big bad Ravens, winning 26-13 in Mike Munchak’s first home game.

Hasselbeck threw for a remarkable 358 yards, throwing passes all over the field to wide outs Kenny Britt and Nate Washington. Britt had a second big week, catching nine receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. Washington had 7 grabs for 99 yards.

The Ravens focused on stopping Titans RB Chris Johnson, and they did that for the most part, as he had 53 yards on 24 carries. The forgot about Hasselbeck, who played an excellent game throwing 30-for-42 and making just one mistake on a pick.

Rob Bironas kicked four field goals as the Titans played a great game of keep away, as they held the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Baltimore 432-229 in total offense.

The Titans defense harassed Ravens QB Joe Flacco, sacking him three times, and hitting him a couple more times as he threw two picks and the Ravens turned it over three times.

The Ravens did have a shot to get in the game in the fourth quarter, asFlacco drove the Ravens down to first-and-goal at the Titans 9-yard line. The Titans broke up two passes, the last by Cortland Finnegan, while the Ravens were called for delay of game. They had to settle for Billy Cundiff’s second field goal with 6:58 left to pull within 23-13.

The Titans then then ran out all but 31 seconds before Bironas kicked his fourth field goal to seal the victory at 26-13.

The Titans gave Munchak a Gatorade shower on the sideline before the final kickoff, and owner Bud Adams gave his new coach a game ball in the locker room as part of the teams celebration in beating one of the best teams in the AFC.

Next week the Titans play at home against the Denver Broncos at 1pm.

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