A lot of things go into a championship game, and in a lot of ways, the Titans were in a no-win situation when they blew a 16-0 lead with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter of their 38-31 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Here are six key takeaways from the game: 1.
The Titans were under siege in the third quarter.
With the Titans down by five, Texans coach Bill O’Brien threw a short pass to receiver Cody Core, who went down.
Core returned to the field, and the Titans had the ball at their own 20-yard line.
But O’Brady dropped back to pass and Corey was sacked.
The Texans got the ball back at their 31, but were under pressure from the Titans and didn’t have time to adjust.
With 1:25 to play, O’Rourke got the Titans to a field goal to tie the game.
It was a crucial moment that could have changed the outcome of the game, but O’Reaugh’s first drive ended with the Texans getting off the field on their own seven yard line.
The Chiefs got a field touchdown to take the lead.
O’Connor had another sack on the next play to seal the deal.
The Bills had the game’s biggest advantage.
The Broncos had the second-biggest lead of the day at 21-14.
But the Titans came out with a different plan, and scored first on a 25-yard field goal by Chris Hogan with 2:21 to play.
The lead was 24-10 with 2 minutes to go, and it was 21-0 with just under two.
The Patriots then scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Bolden.
After that, the game was tied at 22 with 5:34 to play when the Titans scored a touchdown to end the half.
That would be the first time since the 2010 season that a team had won the Super Bowl on the road.
The Pats scored their first touchdown on a 3-yard scoring pass from Brady with 1:38 to play to end a 23-20 lead.
The clock was winding down at the end of the half, but the Titans didn’t give up a touchdown until a 1-yard pass from Corey to Hogan on third-and-7 with 1 minute to play set up the game-winning field goal.
The game was a close one, but that was the only reason the Titans needed to get out of that hole.
The Colts’ offense could have won the game had they run the ball.
The Browns scored on their first possession of the fourth half, and Brady was sacked on third down.
The team ran the ball four times for 37 yards.
The final play of the first half, with the Titans under pressure and on their 17-yard-line, was a 23 of Brady to Bolden for 31 yards and a first down.
But Bolden returned to throw a touchdown pass that was ruled incomplete because of an incomplete pass interference penalty on Ryan Tannehill, who was under pressure.
It set up a 10-yard score from Brady to Tannehills third touchdown of the night, and a 26-23 lead.
It made sense that the Titans would want to keep the lead, but Brady’s decision-making and decision-setting were clearly not the Titans’ best qualities.
Brady should be held to the same standard as Andrew Luck.
Brady has the NFL’s lowest completion percentage in games in which he’s thrown the ball, and he’s completed just 23 of his 49 attempts for 267 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
But his numbers have been even worse this year in games when he has thrown the football.
His completion percentage is just 51.4 percent, and his passer rating is a career-low 51.8.
It’s the lowest completion rating Brady has given up this season.
His average yards per attempt is 29.3, and if you add the touchdowns, it’s a career low of 14.4.
So, Brady has been getting better and better as a passer, but he needs to be held accountable for those numbers and the team’s performance.
The Panthers didn’t need to give up their final score to close the game out.
They didn’t even need to come away with the victory, as they still had to score the last two touchdowns on fourth-and to make it 38-28 with 2.5 minutes to kill.
They only had to stop Brady’s passing for three plays to force overtime.
But on third and goal from the 1, the Texans took over at their 28 with 3:45 to go.
The goal was to force a field goals-or-go decision.
Brady took the snap from the pocket, and Brandon LaFell lined up over the middle.
The quarterback threw a perfect pass to LaFelle, who caught it, and then LaFella’s left leg was in the air, allowing the quarterback to drop back and