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Hasselbeck and Washington Late TD Lifts Titans to Thrilling 35-34 Win Over Bills

Matt Hasselbeck and Nate Washington combined for a dramatic touchdown with 1:03 to play, lifting the Titans to their second straight win, a thrilling 35-34 victory over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The win is the second straight for the Titans after three bad losses, and puts them at 3-4 on the season.

Hasselbeck put the dagger in the Bills and their fans hearts, hitting Washington for a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to lift the Titans to the one-point win.

The Titans defense set up the decisive drive with cornerback Jason McCourty intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s pass at midfield with under 3 minutes left.

The winning score took place when Hasselbeck placed the ball perfectly on a fourth-and-9 just over the shoulder of Washington, who had a step on Justin Rogers in the end zone.

Chris Johnson gashed the Bills run defense, going for 195 yards rushing and two scores. He came into the game with 301 yards rushing and no scores, and continued his domination of the Bills. In three games against Buffalo, he’s combined for 480 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

Titans backup running back Jamie Harper also scored twice, both on 1-yard plunges.

Fitzpatrick finished 27 of 35 for 225 yards and three scores, but turned the ball over twice, including a lost fumble.

The Bills final drive sputtered with Fitzpatrick failing to produce a first down. It ended with Fitzpatrick throwing behind Stevie Johnson on fourth-and-2.

Both of Fitzpatrick’s turnovers led to Titans touchdowns. Fitzpatrick had given the Bills their first and only lead with 5 seconds left in the third quarter, when he hit Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Buffalo’s defense then responded by stopping the Titans on each of their next two possessions, including Bryan Scott breaking up a pass intended for Jared Cook to stop the Titans on fourth-and-5 with under 4 minutes left.

For the Titans, it was a great win to follow up their three-point win over the Steelers 10 days ago. They now will look to get to .500 next week as they take on the Colts at home.

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