Titans Give Lions Too Much To Chew In Nashville Thriller
In possibly one of the best games I’ve ever seen – seriously, it was that good – the Titans came out on top in Overtime 44 to 41. Check out the recap.
So, Gunner and I are sitting here watching the game, seemingly normal, when all of a sudden the Titans blew it wide open with a punt return with shades of the Music City Miracle. The return was 62 yards, which was then followed by a 61 yard pass by Jake Locker to Jared Cook to put the Titans on top 17 to 6.
After the two teams traded field goals, Mikel Leshoure scored on a one-yard run to make the score 20 to 16. Rob Bironas, for the Titans, missed his next two attempts and the Lions capitalized, taking a 7 point lead.
That changed when Darius Reynaud, a fourth-year product from West Virginia, ran back a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to tie it with 6:41 remaining.
The Titans held the potent Lions offense on the next drive, which led to a beautiful 71-yard catch and run by Nate Washington for take a 7-point lead. The next drive was also full of surprises, as Alterraun Verner from UCLA literally ripped the ball from Brandon Pettigrew and returned the “fumble” 72 yards to extend the lead to 14.
Matthew Stafford came out on the next drive, as he strained a leg muscle, which left Shaun Hill to lead the Lions with 1:18 to go. Hill led a surprising drive which was capped off by a Calvin Johnson touchdown of three yards.
Now, this is where the insanity begins.
The Lions got the bounce they needed on the onside kick, which allowed a special teamer to pick up the ball in Titans territory. With 18 seconds left, the Lions had to score a touchdown.
Shaun Hill dropped back with six seconds left and unleashed an up-for-grabs ball, which was batted into the hands of Titus Young, resulting in a 46-yard Hail Mary completion.
This resulted in overtime. The Titans’ Bironas connected on a 26 yarder and put the Titans up 44 to 41. The Titans then shut out the Lions on a 4th and 1 to seal off a win that took three hours and 50 minutes to decide.