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Titans and Raiders Play Epic Game on Monday Night

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by ThaBayouChef, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. ThaBayouChef

    ThaBayouChef Walk On

    Jul 19, 2012

    Los Angeles, CA - It was a tale of two different halfs, plus an overtime under the lights when the Tennessee Titans took on the Los Angeles Raiders. The Titans dominated the first half of play here. Their offense seemed to click on all cylinders and their defense would clamp down drive after drive forcing the Raiders into multiple punts. Tennessee would take a 17-3 lead into the break and be seemingly in control when they received the 2nd half kickoff. That, however; is when the Raiders came to play. They would go onto score 21 unanswered points on Tennessee, thanks to 2 back-to-back INTs by Titans QB Zac Dysert, and hold the Titans scoreless in the 3rd period of play; taking a 24-17 lead into the 4th quarter. In the 4th, Dysert would eventually find WR Tyre Locksley from 21 yards out to even things up at 24. The Raiders would not be outdone though as their 3rd QB on the depth chart, B.J. Coleman, would lead them down field once again. (Terrell Pryor got hurt early in the 2nd quarter, and a few plays later his backup Chris Fontes would leave the game with a concussion.) The Raiders would eventually score with about 3 minutes and change remaining on the clock. 31-24 Raiders. Tennesee, led by Doug Martin and Zac Dysert, would have that much time left to even things up. After a couple beautiful throws by Dysert and a couple key third down conversions, the Titans would do just that when Doug Martin punched it in on 3rd and goal from the 5 yard line with just 30 seconds left. To overtime we go, right? Not just yet! The Raiders almost ended this game on a miraculous play that probably should have done the Titans in. With only 5 seconds left from the Titans 40 yard line, B.J. Coleman baited SS Lonnie Gotzmer down low and had his WR on a streak to end zone 1 on 1. The WR clearly had the DB beat and it was a beautiful throw by Coleman. WR caught the ball in the back of the endzone but the refs ruled he only got 1 foot in, and it really could have went either way. (I thought he had it for sure, very close). So, to overtime we go. The Titans would win the coin toss and take the ball. It only took two plays from there. The Raiders scored 2 of their second half TDs on screen passes, and the Titans play caller wanted to draw something similar up. Not being a very good screen team, this time it would happen to work as Doug Martin caught the ball and worked his magic. Bouncing off of a would be tackler and making another move before out running all other defenders, Martin took it 86 yards to the house and the Titans would pull this epic game out, 37-31.

    Key Stats:

    TEN out gained LA in yardage 488 to 250.
    TEN went for 66% on third down conversions, while LA was held to only 20%.
    LA won the turnover battle +2, forcing QB Zac Dysert into 3 INTs.

    Great game Glen Cieske. Probably best one I've been involved in all release, definite top 3. Sucked one of us had to lose!
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