It’s amazing how a few minutes toward the end of the game can change the outlook of an entire franchise and their playoff aspirations. A coming out party for the ‘Teen Titans’ turned a “season’s-all-but-finished” scenario into a Week 13 game where the Tennessee Titans will try to retain control of a playoff berth.
This wasn’t Tennessee’s best performance. Regardless, it was good enough for a 23-19 victory over the Oakland Raiders. With five weeks left in the season, the Titans control their playoff fate as they have the AFC’s second and final wild-card berth. Keeping that will include a successful three-game stretch against a trio of potential playoff contenders: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.
Biggest headline from the first half came when Michael Griffin was penalized for landing a head shot on Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. Upon contact, Rivera’s helmet came flying off. Rivera was down for a few minutes. He left the game with a head injury.
The Raiders took a 9-6 halftime lead. Normally reliable kicker Sebastian Janikowski was 4-of-6 on his field-goal attempts, one miss that came right before the end of the first half. Those missed field goals ended up as the difference in which one of these teams found themselves in the cluster of 5-6 teams.
Did the Titans find a spark to light them up for a playoff run? Down 19-16 with approximately six minutes remaining, Ryan Fitzpatrick led a scoring drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown reception from Kendall Wright. With 10 seconds remaining, the Titans took a 23-19 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. A booth review on whether Wright had gotten into the end zone was upheld.
Check out some of the Titans’ studs, duds and grades from this contest. This presentation ends with a Week 12 Player of the Week voting poll. Which Titans player earned the most recognition for his performance?