It was a season on the brink, and for at least one night, the Titans rallied around their offense and big play ability in the end to make sure to make it at least a little more interesting for awhile.
Led by Matt Hasselbeck and a pair of great drives at the end of the game, the Titans outlasted the Steelers 26-23 as Rob Bironas nailed a 40-yard field goal with no time on the clock to put the Titans at 2-4, dropping Pittsburgh to 2-3.
The Titans had a 16-10 lead in the third quarter, but the Steelers managed to take a 20-16 lead after a Barron Batch TD, and then a 23-16 lead after a 52-yard kick by Shaun Suisham with 8:18 left.
Hasselebeck though came out and put together a perfect drive, picking his way down the field, and finally the Titans were able to cash in after a drop earlier in the series by Kenny Britt, he caught a tipped ball for a TD to make it 23 all with 4:19 left.
Ben Roethlisberger worked some of this fourth quarter magic, and drove the Steelers to the Titans 36 with 1:03 left. Instead of going for it, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made a terrible call in trying to allow his kicker, who had a career-high of 52 yards, to go for a 54-yard field goal. He missed it – by about 1-2 yards.
It opened the door for Hasselbeck and the Titans offense, and they cashed in to get into field goal range when the QB hit TE Jared Cook on a third down at midfield that took the ball 25 yards to the Steelers 25.
After a Chris Johnson three-yard run, Bironas came in and nailed the winning kick to send the fans at LP Field, those that were Titans fans, home happy.
Roethlisberger was 24-for-40 for 363 yards with a touchdown and a bad pick that cost the Steelers points late in the half. On the other side, Hasselbeck was 25-for-44 for 290 yards with a TD and a pick.
Johnson, who had averaged under 50 yards a game this year for the Titans, rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries, while the Titans D held the Steelers run game to 56 yards on 22 carries.
The Titans in 10 days will play at Buffalo on October 21st.