Game on line, Titans fail to measure up again

Tennessee's late rally comes up feet short

November 13, 2001|By Chip Cirillo | Chip Cirillo,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Titans couldn't even get a half yard.

That's all Tennessee needed on the final play for the winning touchdown, but Steve McNair was shut down on a quarterback keeper as the Ravens held on for a 16-10 victory last night.

"I'd like to say it shouldn't have come down to that, but it did," said Titans coach Jeff Fisher. "It could have come down to making a field goal, a better snap, making tackles or maybe another turnover on defense, but it didn't."

McNair tried to go up the middle on the final play, but there was nowhere to go so he ran to the right side where he was stopped by strong safety Corey Harris with help from linebackers Jamie Sharper and Ray Lewis. Harris was a star player at Vanderbilt, whose stadium is just five miles from Adelphia Coliseum.

"Our players are not in a very good mood right now," Fisher said. "The other option was to throw it. We put it in the hands of our quarterback and I thought we had a chance to win it."

It appeared the Titans had won on the previous play when McNair sneaked it in, but a Baltimore player was offside so the play was nullified. Kevin Dyson caught a 5-yard pass at the Ravens 1-yard line to set up the play.

Dyson was stopped a half yard short of the goal for the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl two years ago.

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