San Diego charges back to defeat Titans in overtime

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During the initial moments of the 4th quarter, LenDale White’s 7 yard touchdown scamper brought the capacity crowd of LP Field to their collective feet. Titans’ fans basked in a state of euphoria as they triumphantly watched their hometown team take a seemingly commanding two touchdown lead over the Chargers. White’s mimicking of new Titan-villain Shawne Merriman’s infamous “lights out” dance capped off a splendid drive that was highlighted by two Vince Young strikes of over ten yards to Justin Gage and Eric Moulds.
To make a long story short, all was well in Titan-land.
Unfortunately, things went downhill from that point. The Titans’ offense began to resemble the 2007 version of “Les Steckel-ball”, sitting on a lead in the fourth quarter instead of trying to expand it. Of the Titans’ 15 plays after White’s touchdown (excluding punts), only three were Vince Young passes. The 12 other plays were running attempts that went for only 35 yards.
Against a team of San Diego’s caliber, a two touchdown lead in the beginning moments of the 4th quarter isn’t enough to bury them. Conservative play-calling during the game’s final stages certainly got the best of the Titans on Sunday.
The inability of the Titans’ offense to move the ball during the 4th quarter inevitably led to a tired Tennessee defense that faced the daunting task of stopping a Charger offense loaded with an array of dangerous playmakers. The Titan defense that relentlessly throttled opposing Charger players for three quarters began to allow the likes of Rivers, Tomlinson and Gates to make plays in bunches.
A controversial “catch” by Chris Chambers prolonged a last minute Charger drive that eventually resulted in a game-tying touchdown. In overtime, the worn out Titans’ defense suffered the proverbial nail in the coffin when Tomlinson outraced the opposition in his game-winning gallop to the end zone.
At 7-6, the Titans are now in a must-win situation for the remainder of the season. With Cleveland’s victory over New York and Buffalo’s unlikely emergence, the Titans are now on the outside looking in as the race for the playoffs enters its final laps. A season that began with so much promise now appears to be in serious jeopardy.
If the Titans are unable to accomplish their dreams of reaching the postseason, Sunday’s disheartening loss to the Chargers will likely go down as the one that got away, or the defeat that severely wounded the Titans’ playoff chances.
After White’s touchdown that gave the Titans a 17-3 lead, there probably wasn’t a Titans’ player or fan at the game who could have possibly envisioned such a nightmarish scenario.

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6 Responses to “San Diego charges back to defeat Titans in overtime”

  1. jrtitans Says:

    Article on point!
    all I can say is DITTO!

  2. Andrew Says:

    A cameraman from the local CBS affiliate had a good shot of the “catch” by Chambers which clearly showed it was not a catch. Too bad that shot wasn’t available for replay.
    But I agree with Fisher, the initial call should have been ruled incomplete with the officials having the option to overturn it after review.

  3. titangirl Says:

    I agree with you. You are such a great writer. You pay attention to a lot of detail and I like how you organize and write sentences.
    I have been a Titans fan for some time now and I can’t believe we lost that game. We are still in the run for the playoffs though. A long shot, but still possible won’t you say?
    Anyway, keep up the good work. Don’t stop writing you are doing an excellent job.

  4. dick Says:

    u suck

  5. Garland Says:

    I just like that Drexel stole a picture of Cuba Gooding Jr for his avatar. 🙂

  6. Drexel Perry Says:

    I agree with FIsher on The Chambers “catch”. It was an unfortunate call for the Titans. It was pretty clear that it wasn’t a catch but without the conclusive “proof” from the replay, it wasn’t going to get overturned.
    Haha @ Garland’s comment.
    Thanks for the compliments titangirl. Andrew’s article does a good job of breaking down the Titan’s playoff hopes, so be sure to check it out.

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