The Tennessee Titans will have the chance to redeem years of heartbreak for this fan base when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens for a berth in the AFC Championship game.
The Tennessee Titans will be taking on the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday evening for the right to go to their first AFC Championship game since the 2002 season. That alone is enough to get hyped for this game if you’re a Titans fan. However, as all Titans fans that were around when the team made the initial switch from the Oilers to the Titans know, it’s much deeper than that.
Prior to the AFC South’s existence, the Titans and Ravens were part of one of the most physically imposing divisions in the league known as the AFC Central. Saying that the Titans and Ravens were rivals during these days would be a massive understatement.
These two teams have historically had some of the most physical and intense matchups whenever they have shared the field together, especially come playoff time where they seemingly faced each other every other year at one point.
Unfortunately, the Ravens have gotten the better of the Titans in the majority of those big games.
The on-field rivalry has begun to fizzle out over the years due to the teams playing each other less frequently, but these fan bases will always have a hatred for each other that will never go away.
This article is going to reflect on some of the key years of the old AFC Central rivalry, and by the end of this article, you may realize that these teams running into each other during this playoff run is no accident at all and maybe on the borderline of destiny.