19-16: Titanic Bummer for GB
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3:15 p.m. 9:36 Titans' 1st Drive
Collins starts OT forced into a 3rd and six to start...and he finds Chris Johnson wide open for a 15 yard gain. Linebackers, ya gotta cover him!
Johnson with another huge hole to the Tennessee 45 yard line. This is depressing.
It just seems like whenever a team misses a field goal against the Packers that would have one a game in regulation, they win it in overtime. It just always feels like it.
LenDale White got a seven yard gain, and a first down, and the power football running of Tennessee which is Green Bay's problem coming in could potentially be the thing that kills them again.
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Bironas on 3rd down with the field goal to end it? 41 yards...game over.
3:02 p.m. 0:00 Titans' 4th Drive
McCarriens with a big catch to get to the 40 on a sideline patterd with just over a minute left. The Titans have just 20-ish yards to field goal range and plenty of time.
A nine-yarder to the 47 and it's really getting spooky. 3rd and 1 at the 48 - HECK of a catch in traffic by a double-covered Brandon Jones. :30 left and the Titans take time out at the Packers' 40 yard line.
ANOTHER completion to McCarriens at the 32 yard line of GB and the clock is stopped again with :25.
After a run to the 29 for a first down, Jeff Fisher knocks down the clock to :04 for cannon-legged Bironas - 47 yarder.
This feels like a repeat of the kick that beat the Packers in the NFC Championship game. Ugh.
Game over? NO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did he miss it? Shanked right! OVERTIME!!!!
2:52 p.m. 2:00 Packers' 3rd Drive
Are you kidding me? Jennings had a catch at the 10 yard line and the defender pulled his right arm to knock the ball away...no call? WHA???????
Driver made up for it with an AWESOME 19 yard gain across the 50 that made Wayne nearly pull a Peter Brady with his call.
2nd down - AARON....you can't pull a Favre and thread the needle all the time. Nearly intercepted. Phew.
3rd down....Jackson on another check down pass and Steven Tullock stopped him at the 43. Oh well. Pin 'em deep, make 'em drive long and get to overtime....ooops, forgot the Titans have their time outs. Scary...
2:44 p.m. 4:34 Titans' 3rd Drive
3rd down and Aaron Rouse? You grab that pass and it's a LONG runback. Still, it's three and out.
2:41 p.m. 5:30 Packers' 2nd Drive
Green Bay 16, Tennessee 16
A needed big run by Ryan Grant on the cut back...13 yards, and the Packers are in business offensively near midfield.
AWESOME pump fake by Rodgers to free up Driver for a 29-yard pass play...and Nick Harper, a great corner, got burned worse than toast set to 11 on the toaster!
PHEW....Driver let a perfect pass go right through his hands, and Harper almost intercepted it.
3rd and 10, and it's a screen to Jackson - making a man miss, gains five yards, not what you wished for, but it could tie the game just because of the field position.
Come on, Crosby, 38 yards...puhleeze....PERFECT!!!!!!!!
2:36 p.m. 8:58 Titans' 2nd Drive
Justin Harrell, not only did you just stuff Chris Johnson for a one yard loss on 3rd and 6, but you just kept the Packers in the game!
Might you be a hero on the first real game you've played, and in your home state, no less?
2:30 p.m. 11:12 Packers' 1st Drive
Rodgers starts the drive with a solid 19-yard pass to Jennings...good for breathing room.
Ooga...HUGE third and 11 at the GB 34...and the blitz by Dave Ball produces the third sack for Tennessee. In reality, it's a coverage sack as well.
2:23 p.m. 13:34 Titans' 1st Drive
Charles Woodson! Spectacular job guarding Brandon Jones on 3rd down to stop the Titans' drive. Momentum is wide open here...who wants it?
2:16 p.m. 0:11 Packers' 3rd Drive
Tennessee 16, Green Bay 13
Crosby 24 yd FG
What a throw on the 3rd down play from Rodgers to Driver to get a 45 yard gain! Of course, it helps when the guy was wide open.
Rodgers had Tauscher's leg undercut him on 2nd and 10, making it a 3rd and 18...good job on the TE screen to Lee, but a 14 yard gain isn't enough on 3rd and 18.
Don't think about going for it on fourth down! PLEASE! McCarthy is smart...take the easy points.
2:03 p.m. 4:21 Titans' 3rd Drive
Tennessee 16, Green Bay 10
Bironas 22 yd FG
The Packers' defense seems to be stepping up again to help! Chillar with a great job on pass defense to force a third down. If they can pull off just a field goal here, that is MONSTROUS!
Nope...Chillar got to Bo Scaife late and he gets a first and goal.
Chillar also got away with one on 3rd and goal, hitting Scaife in the end zone before the ball got to him...but no flag.
2:02 p.m. 8:40 Packers' 2nd Drive
Oh no...the first time we've seen the Titans pass rush really make its prsence known - a wide open sack and a Rodgers fumble, and the Packers' defense has to make a play after the Titan recovery.
1:56 pm. 7:54 Titans' 2nd Drive
Kudos to Brandon Chillar! Great job on knowing where the first down line was and stopping a 3rd-down pass completion! Three-and-outs really get a quarterback out of a hole after throwing a pick.
1:53 p.m. 9:29 Packers' 1st Drive
Humphrey can move when he makes the catch - a swift 14-yard gain that was probably not much except for his effort.
For the first time all year, I just saw Aaron Rodgers make an ill-advised throw in a non-late game situation. Rodgers just pop-flied a bomb to Jennings in double coverage and Pope intercepted it.
1:49 p.m. 11:30 Titans' 1st Drive
The Titans might be good to try and run down clock like nuts, but Ryan Pickett with a rare sack! Nice 3rd and long the Titans must endure, but McCarriens gets a great catch to stuff that idea.
ANOTHER sack - this time by Michael Montgomery. They're killing Amano in the middle. That also forces the nice 3rd down and long we needed, and this time, it didn't work for Tennessee.
1:30 p.m. 0:00 Titans' 4th Drive
Two GREAT catches by Titans receivers got Tennessee into Hail Mary position, and a throw along the sidelines put the Titans in position for a 63 yard field goal, tying an NFL record if Bironas hits it.
Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, your company might be joined here...that is, if Craig Heintrich didn't run a fake and down it. Weird. REALLY weird.
1:25 p.m. 0:20 Packers' 3rd Drive
OOOOH NO! If Rodgers doesn't barely overthrow Jennings on the post pattern bomb on 1st down, it's a touchdown and the lead.
A tough decision on 4th down in the final 20 seconds, and the Packers go for it on fourth down...and it's an incompletion. Worse than a punt inside the five, but better than a field goal missed which would have meant even better field position for a final field goal attempt after a couple plays.
1:15 p.m. 3:18 Titans' 3rd Drive
Tennessee 13, Green Bay 10
Chris Johnson 3 yd TD pass
Ah, not a good time to let LenDale White go 54 yards...the slower of the two superstar backs for the Titans. Not like there's a good time.
Worse is the pass to Chris Johnson that goes 17 yards to the three yard line. When did Tennessee become a quick strike team?
The worse....letting Johnson go up the middle without any malfeasance to stop him for the score.
1:07 p.m. 4:23 Packers' 2nd Drive
Green Bay 10, Tennssee 6
Rodgers-Driver 4 yd TD pass
Packers come back with a great scramble by Rodgers to step up and get the first down, avoiding a much needed-to-avoid three-and-out.
Rodgers seems to be throwing safe passes against this ball-hawking Tennessee secondary. Defensive coordinators love corners who can stop guys man-for-man like Nick Harper can, along with defensive lines who can rush the passer without help.
A one-step pass to Jordy Nelson and he did a SPECTACULAR move to wiggle free for a 24-yard gain! Fake the defense out...haha!
Congrats to Donald Driver on the 4 yd TD catch - tying Sterling Sharpe for most consecutive games with a catch in a Packers uniform!
12:55 p.m. 10:34 Titans' 2nd Drive
Oh would this third down stop be huge on 3rd and 7...and a great stop by Nick Collins knocking a pass loose out of the hands of Justin Gage. Beautiful job.
Wayne makes a great point - down to down, run support and on pass coverage, he is so solid.
12:53 p.m. 11:23 Packers' 1st Drive
Tennessee 6, Green Bay 3
Crosby 22 yd FG
Oh did we need that Jennings 52 yard catch and run! You burn this pass rush when you can get it off earlier than they can get to you!
Even the pass that was dropped off fingertips by Donald Lee wasn't too bad, because it was the only safe spot Rodgers could throw it without an interception.
Touchdown is nice, but a field goal is better than an INT in the end zone.
12:42 p.m. 14:07 Titans' 1st Drive (continued from 1st quarter)
Tennessee 6, Green Bay 0
Rod Bironas 25 yd FG
Larry said it very well when he mentioned the defense has been on the field "forever" so far today.
Great penetration by Johnny Jolly in the backfield on the superior speed of Chris Johnson. Helps when you're unblocked.
Does it help produce a stop? Yep! The completion to Scaife was short of the first down marker, at the seven, forcing a field goal.
12:36 p.m. 0:00 Titans' 2nd Drive
The Poppinga penalty, the Pickett failure to make a behind-the-line of scrimmage tackle...ugh. We'll tell you more when the drive ends.
12:27 p.m. 4:26 Packers' 2nd Drive
The Titans' crowd screams out as the Packers go third and one...Kuhn off right guard gets the first. I love hearing Wayne Larrivee yelling "BARRELLLLING" like he's screaming a Springsteen lyric.
Solid 14-yard run by Grant for the first near the midfield marker...hmm. No Kearse there at left D-end, unlike the first play where he barrelled through to crush Rodgers to the turf.
Ah, that pass rush. Chris Hope from the safety position blasting Rodgers for a loss. Unusual for a Titans team.
After the Rodgers scramble on 3rd, they go on fourth-and-one on the 44...smart move? Broken up pass off Finley....but Chris Hope with good coverage.
12:08 p.m. 9:42 Titans' 1st Drive
Tennessee 3, Green Bay 0
Bironas 31 yd FG
How can we let Kerry Collins run for a first down on 3rd and long? That is sick. Worse is a Chris Johnson 25-yard run off left tackle. Johnson's got 4.42 speed, but he has patience - rare for a young back.
Tennessee did a solid job on the throw to Brandon Jones for a first down, sending Chillar out of the middle zone and having Jones run underneath it.
Thanks to a good stop in the red zone, a field goal from Bironas is all the Titans can muster.
12:06 p.m. 14:42 Packers' 1st Drive
A shuffled Packers lineup comes out because of Chad Clifton being out, and the Titans' line took advantage with Kearse hitting, then trash-talking Favre on the first play.
3rd and 10's are not Green Bay's friend with the massive pass rush coming toward the newly-richer Rodgers, Worse is the delay of game to make it 3rd and 15. Three incompletions by Rodgers really make it bad.
12:00 p.m. The Packers start today's game with the football.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans aren't ready to relax even as the NFL's last unbeaten team, with a league-best 10-game winning streak in the regular season spanning back to 2007.
Not when they have another game and another opportunity to silence their doubters.
"No one expected us to be in this place, and now the talk is we haven't played anyone," Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "That's cool. The experts had all offseason to decide who the top teams were in the NFL, and they had us somewhere like 20 or something ... I think we're playing well right now. We're only going to get better."
The challenge increases Sunday with the Green Bay Packers (4-3) coming off a bye visiting a 7-0 Tennessee team that grabbed control of the AFC South by beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-21 six days ago.
Green Bay used the time off to heal up and could have cornerback Al Harris (spleen) and safety Atari Bigby (hamstring back). Aaron Rodgers' sprained right shoulder is feeling much better, and receiver Greg Jennings, who leads the NFC with 685 yards receiving, couldn't care less about the Titans' supposed weaknesses.
"People can talk about how they haven't played opponents with winning records and whatever, but they're getting the job done. And we have to go in there and make sure they don't get the job done against us," Jennings said.
The Packers survived a three-game skid and went into their bye having won two straight, including a 34-10 win over Indianapolis themselves on Oct. 19. They are tied with Chicago atop the NFC North, but this is the first of three road games over the next four weeks.
These teams haven't met since 2004, with Green Bay's only previous trip to Tennessee coming in 2001. They have wrapped up the preseason in each of the past seven years. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said he always has admired Jeff Fisher's ability to have physical and fundamentally sound teams throughout his tenure, something he believes in as well.
"Year in and year out, the ability to run the football and stop the run, the Tennessee Titans have shown that ability and you know when you play those guys, it's going to be a fist fight," McCarthy said.
Green Bay and Tennessee also have dealt with quarterback controversies this year, with Brett Favre's retirement, unretirement and eventual trade before the season for the Packers. Fisher used Vince Young's sprained knee in the opener as an excuse to turn the offense over to veteran Kerry Collins, who has responded by going 6-0 as a starter.
McCarthy didn't want to rehash the saga, saying it won't help his Packers beat Tennessee.
"Frankly, just about that soap opera, I'm off that show," McCarthy said.
Fisher stays busy reminding his Titans they can play better even as they have scored 30 or more points in four of the past five games and still have the NFL's best scoring defense, giving up 12.4 points per game.
"And that's what we're trying to do. We're not about what people think or say," Fisher said. "We're just trying to win the next ballgame."
Big-play defense will be on display, with Green Bay leading the NFL with 13 interceptions, including five returned for touchdowns. The Titans are tied for second with 12 interceptions themselves, with one taken back 99 yards for a TD. Each team has two of the defensive backs tied atop the NFL with four interceptions apiece.
Bigby's return for Green Bay will help a defense giving up an average of 141.9 yards rushing against a Tennessee team featuring the AFC's leading rusher in rookie Chris Johnson with his 626 yards rushing, and LenDale White, the NFL's top scorer with 10 TDs rushing.
"Everybody knows that they can feed off my hits," Bigby said. "I'm bringing excitement to the game, and I hope my teammates will feed off it. But at the end of the day, we're just going out there looking for a win."
The Titans hope to have defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch back to help chase Rodgers, who has thrown for six TDs with only one interception over his past three games despite the injured shoulder. Bulluck said Rodgers can move around, giving himself time to find Jennings or Donald Driver downfield.
Opportunities for sacks? Well, Bulluck had hoped not to discuss that.
"But yeah, he sits around. He can only hold the ball for so long, and hopefully our pass rush will get to him. Hopefully, we'll get Kyle back and get a little more heat from the outside," Bulluck said.
"It's going to be a great game. It might be one of the best in the league this week."
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