Titans' slim playoffs hopes vanish in 34-14 loss to Chiefs

Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 9:36pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Titans were left out in the cold Sunday — as were their playoff hopes.

With a 34-14 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Titans fell to 6-9 and were eliminated from the playoffs with just one week in the regular season remaining.

After getting off to a 5-2 start, the Titans lost six straight but still had a chance at the playoffs when they defeated the Houston Texans last week.

That slim playoff chance quickly faded away Sunday. The Chiefs (10-5) led 24-0 midway through the second quarter before the Titans finally scored.

Tennessee, however, had a chance to take some momentum into halftime. Down 24-7 late in the first half, the Titans reached the 50-yard line before the wind was knocked out of their sails again. Chiefs cornerback Eric Berry intercepted Kerry Collins' pass intended for Nate Washington. Berry, a rookie and former University of Tennessee standout, raced 54 yards to the end zone to put Kansas City up 31-7 with 22 seconds left before halftime.

The Titans will miss the playoffs for the second straight season. Since starting the 2008 season 10-0, they have compiled a 17-21 record, including the playoffs.

The Chiefs can clinch an AFC West title with a win against Oakland next week. Their 10 wins match their combined total of wins the last three seasons.

Less than three weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel tore the Titans’ defense apart. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

Cassel completed 12 of his first 13 passes, guiding Kansas City to touchdowns on its first two drives. Cassel capped off both series with touchdown passes of 14 and three yards to Jamaal Charles, the second coming with 1:52 left in the first quarter.

The Titans’ first drive was promising as they reached Kansas City’s 37-yard line. But Collins’ fourth-and-six pass for Justin Gage fell incomplete. Tennessee failed to get a first down on its next three series — resulting in punts.

The Titans finally broke through when Collins connected with Kenny Britt for a 53-yard touchdown. On the play, Collins became the 12th quarterback to throw for more than 40,000 yards. Collins, who turns 38 on Thursday, completed just 14 of 37 passes for 235 yards, while recording two touchdowns and two interceptions. He connected with five different receivers but for the third straight game Randy Moss did not catch a pass.

After two 100-yard rushing games, Titans running back Chris Johnson was held in check, rushing for just 58 yards on 14 carries.

The Titans punted eight times and continued to struggle with time of possession as their offense was on the field only 20:56. They also committed nine penalties for 74 yards.

Tennessee can play the role of spoiler next week when it travels to Indianapolis to close out the season against the Colts, who were 8-6 prior to Sunday’s game at Oakland.

If Indianapolis, which beat Oakland 31-26 Sunday, defeats the Titans, they would win the AFC South.    

However, if the Colts lose to the Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars win at Houston, both Indy and Jacksonville would finish 9-7 but the Jaguars would win the division because they would boast a better division record, 4-2 compared to 3-3.

23 Comments on this post:

By: MetalMan on 12/27/10 at 5:53

The Titans looked pathetic...well except for the fashion model we have for a coach. We lost the game because we have absolutely no discipline. Fisher couldn't instill discipline in a Girl Scout Troup.

By: richgoose on 12/27/10 at 6:24

Bud Adams probably said after the game. "I wish we had more fans like Titan1 then we would not have to worry so much about winning 8 games every year.""Titan1 and people like him are with us no matter what."

Now we have these fans who expect Jeff Fisher to make up in coaching ability what Vince Young does not have in playing ability"

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 7:06

I feel your pain, Nashville....can you understand mine? I'm a Bills fan.

Let us console each other, at this joyous time of the year.

By: TITAN1 on 12/27/10 at 7:32

Yeah Frank, we need more fans like you who love it when the Titans have a down season so you can look good in your own eyes of predicting a negative season. You are a very arrogant and pitiful negative person who is drowning in a pity pool because your life sucks. As for the Titans, there will be some changes in the off season and because I am a fan of my hometown team I will always support them no matter who is coach, QB, etc. After all, I remember when we didn't have our own team and I will always be grateful that we do now. Too bad you don't know how it feels to be a REAL fan of your hometown team. Frank, just suck it up and be a man instead of a joy sucker. GO TITANS!

By: dargent7 on 12/27/10 at 7:45

I cannot feel your pain, Loner.
Can you experience my joy?
The Lions have won 4 in a row.
Truly epic.
And the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler was again victorious.
Cannot all the fools here in Nashville despised the guy and lauded Vince Young who has proven, season after season, to be a complete loser. Pulls his hamstring getting out of bed moe than my 92 year old grandmother. But he can brawl in a Dallas strip club at 3:30am like there's no tomorrow.
Hopefully for him, there will be no tommorrow with the Titans.

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 7:54

Amen, Brother TITAN1....'tis the season of good will towards our fellow men....and peace on earth....excepting the NFL gridirons, of course.

Come! All ye faithful.....let us sing in exultation!

Soon, the Yuletide and NFL seasons will conclude....then the withdrawal begins...we''ll all sing the postpartum blues.

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 8:00

Amen, Brother Dargent. I sense your sense of vindication. The Lions will come back from the brink of extinction...but there gene pool may be rather shallow.

My crystal balls tell me that the Bears may face the Patriots in the big one.....Brian Urlacher may be the game's MVP?

By: serr8d on 12/27/10 at 8:04

So, if the Titans win Sunday against Miss Manning, there's a chance Indy will not capture the AFC South. That's worth playing for. Fisher, you one-game-left-as-a-Titans-head-Coach, are you listening?

A long shot (that is, a long shot being the Titans winning against The Forehead in Indy; the Jags have a pretty good chance, if they grease up their midget, of winning in Houston), but I’d hate it if that happens. No, really~! )

In any event, and a damned shame, but no AFC South team will get past Brady at home.

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 8:20

PFC Bradley Manning...the infamous Wikileaker, now in solitary confinement in a military prison, is the gay half-cousin of the NFL stars? Just askin'?

Hey, Serr8d....you old rattlesnake....good to see you here.

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 8:22

BTW, I left a comment here:

http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/safety-department-apologizes-aclu-placement-terrorist-map#comment-286613

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 8:23

Here too:

http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/prominent-public-art-piece-punctuate-future-sobro-roundabout#comment-286601

By: serr8d on 12/27/10 at 8:30

Loner, you digging in or digging out? Given your web-wide legion of left comments I sometimes come across, I usually find you're digging out... ;D

You should get on the Twitter. There's an entire world of people, from Michael Moore @MMflint to mush-mouth Robert Gibbs @PresSec you can bug (or caress, NTTAWWT) to your heart's content. And, you're allowed to use hyperlinks, almost as if you were a grown-up and not playing in a sandbox (NCP) ~!

Best, and Merry Christmas! to all but @VinceYoung10,

@Serr8d

By: Loner on 12/27/10 at 9:38

I'm doing both, Serr, digging in and digging out. It's been cold, but thanks to sublimation, much of the snow has gone from solid to vapor, without going through the liquid phase...what a planet! Actually, water vapor is a greenhouse gas.....thank G-d......we need some shielding from the sun...but it is a delicate balance, Earthlings.

I'm afraid that I need a tutorial on all this online stuff....my grandkids are my saviors on that....they advise me.

The NCP has been very good to me....except for the Clint Brewer purge. If this is a sandbox, that explains the kitty litter effect.

The JPost has been allowing some of my comments, Serr....there is hope. I need to get a new Journal entry up.

Merry Christmas, Serr8d.

By: hitthbricks on 12/27/10 at 11:07

Bass Assasin....The boys in white and blue forgot to show up...WHEN IS BUD ADAMS GOING TO FIRE FISHER !!!! HE HAS LOST CONTROL OF THE TEAM AND Fisher's STRATEGIES REALLY SUK...........Time to get out of this "8 YEAR" rebuild mode and get back into the NFL.....Vince Young is not the answer....WE NEED A GREAT "QB".......Imature cry-babies need to benched and traded.....If a player can't "MAN UP" and give 125% then the Titans don't need him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!...He's just going to take another little bump at the start of next season and get right back on injured reserve.........If Vince Young had a heart like Steve McNair did he would have opportunity to experience greatness.....Is that a possibility ???? NOPE !!!!!!!!!!! Time to move on...........

By: Jagman on 12/27/10 at 11:33

Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams, Jr. will keep Fisher as long as the fams show up. This has been his business model from the beginning. In the book, "Loser Takes All" by Ed Fowler covers the history of Bud's team. With Lamar Hunt, Adams founded the American Football League. My himself, he started the Houston Oilers, Also single-handedly, he operated a franchise on turmoil, intregue, back-stabbing, and buffoonery that might have been loved in Houston, but not Nashville. Bud spent so much time clowning aroung that he forgot to win. When his lease on the Astrodome expired, he left town. When his lease on LP Field runs out, where will he run?

By: tytanz27 on 12/27/10 at 12:19

can someone please explain to me how this secondary put,3/4th's of its players in the pro bowl just 2 seasons ago & now they're just horrible. giving up yards,missing tackles,getting beat left & right. the difference can't be jim schwartz,could it? just,flush the whole damn thing. start all over w/a new regime. we'll be bad in the beginning but,at least we would have something to look forward too.

By: TITAN1 on 12/27/10 at 12:35

LOL @ jagman. I guess we will have to wait 17 to 20 years to find out.

By: richgoose on 12/27/10 at 12:58

TITAN1.......Bud Adams has had his lawyers looking at escape clauses for the past four years. As a good businessman he wants all his options open to him. You prepare for those options in advance.

In any case,I hardly think Bud Adams is interested at this point in breaking the lease. As long as the PSL gimmick works he will hire and fire coaches,apologize,whine,spout fire and brimstone and go to the bank.

By: TITAN1 on 12/27/10 at 1:07

Gimmick? If it is a gimmick, why did you buy PSLs?

By: richgoose on 12/27/10 at 5:27

It was the only way you could buy a season ticket. Titan1 ...The way the gimmick works is FIRSTLY,you have to buy a seat license. That gives you the right to buy a ticket every year.

I can assure you that having read your posts for the past three years that you never once considered the PSL as a gimmick. You are not a creative thinker but a gentle plodder.

By: TITAN1 on 12/27/10 at 5:52

frank, I know how they work, I am one of the original PSL holders and proud of it. Part of the PSL money also helped with stadium construction costs.

By: erbymi02 on 12/28/10 at 12:08

Time for a NEW Coach. Time for New ideas. OR every year it will be the same ole mediore coaching we've seen in the past. "Well we didnt tackle that well". "We didn't conert our 3rd downs". "We have many injuries". Fisher could write the book on Excuses. Bet he can't write one on how to build a winning team. Thinking seriously about choosing another team if he stays.

By: hitthbricks on 12/28/10 at 1:43

Fire Fisher and hire Jim Tressel from Ohio State....Actually there aseveral "Winning" availabe coaches....The titans need a coach wirh a "ZERO TOLERENCE" rule !!!!
Time to put and end to the BS and get back to the basics of winning !!!!!....Unfortunately, nobody is listing to to a bunch of posters on a web site...But they should....<<>>I AM THE ..Bass Assasin<<>> ...........