It looked like a possible tipped pass interception was going to end the drive but two defenders ran into each other and missed the ball. Thanks to that drop the Raiders opening drive again resulted in points though, this time a 52 yard field goal making the score 3-0 Oakland.
The Titans first drive was nerve racking with a couple of 3rd and 11 conversions that really seemed to doom the Raiders defense. Thankfully the defense held strong in the redzone and forced the Titans to settle for a field goal which tied the game at 3.
Yet another 3rd down drop for the Raiders made the next drive fizzle out quickly for Oakland. The Raiders forced a 3rd and long right away but gave up the first down again. This one came on a 31 yard completion with a facemask penalty added afterwards. Luckily a 3 and out after that play forced a punt from the Titans anyway though.
Unluckily the very first pass on the Raiders next drive was intercepted deep inside their own territory. The defense held strong and forced a field goal, and they very nearly kept them from that but Kevin Burnett dropped an interception in the endzone. The field goal was a chip shot and was good making the score 6-3 Titans.
For those hoping for an epic response to Matt McGloin's first ever interception, I'm sorry to say it didn't happen. The next drive for the Raiders did not pick up a first down and they had to punt it back right away.
Oakland's defense was still living high of their previous goalline stop though. They returned the favor and kept the Titans from getting a first down themselves. Jacoby Ford almost wasted it by fumbling the punt but Brice Butler was able to recover the ball to retain the possession for the Raiders.
Once the Raiders offense got on the field they had a very scary moment with Mychal Rivera. He was hit in the head as a defenseless receiver but thankfully was able to walk off, it was a very nasty scene. It looked like a catch but it was deemed incomplete and not challenged.
After a holding call on the next play for the Raiders pushed them backward the drive stalled. They did get far enough for another long field goal attempt, this one from from 48. It really showed Jano's leg strength because it was a very low line drive kick that still was good. It tied the game at 6.
The Titans started out quick on their next drive but it didn't go anywhere. They punted the ball back to the Raiders with just under 3 minutes left in the half. This time the Raiders put a really solid drive together and drove deep into Titan territory but failed to punch it in. They settled for a field goal which gave them the lead 9-6.
Tennessee decided to drive for at least a field goal with just under a minute left in the half but the drive didn't go anywhere. They tried to punt it with 19 seconds left but Jeremy Stewart blocked it giving the Raiders a chance to add on.
Unfortunately the blocked punt and a beautiful pass by McGloin went for naught as Janikowski missed the chip shot field goal at the end of the half. The score remained 9-6 at the break.
Tennessee came out of the gate in the 2nd half and immediately made the Raiders pay for missing that field goal. It was a 4 play 85 yard drive for a TD but the TD was a joke. It was a 3rd down catch and run for 54 yards that should have been stopped but the receiver Justin Hunter ran right around the tackle and was gone. Just like that the Titans took the lead 13-9.
Oakland was able to respond with a decent drive of their own that was kickstarted by a hurdling Marcel Reece. The drive did not end well though as it stalled after getting into field goal range. The field goal was a 48 yarder which the Raiders normally consider fairly easy but Janikowski missed that one too.
The Oakland defense was able to move on from their previous drive that they played poorly in though and forced a 3 and out from the Titans this time. Again Oakland had a nice drive going but again they had to settle for a field goal, unlike the last two timez though this 42 yarder Jano made. The score after that was 13-12 Titans.
Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Titans infuriatingly avoided the Raiders rush all day and their next drive was no different. Oakland's defense just could not bring him down, he consistently was able to get the ball out under durress. They drove the ball right down to the Raiders 5 but Oakland's defense again stopped them inside the redzone. Tennessee settled for a field goal and made the score 16-12.
The reason why Matt McGloin started this game was very apparent on the Raiders next drive. In 5 plays the Raiders went 75 yards for the lead taking touchdown and Matt was 4-4 for 74 yards on the drive. Rod Streater was a huge part of the drive with two great jumping catches before Marcel Reece caught the TD to make the score 19-16.
What happened next made every member of Raider Nation sick to their stomach. The defense needed to make a stop, they didn't. It came down to the last possible play for the Titans to score a TD on and they did it with a wide open receiver. They took the lead 23-19 with only 10 seconds remaining. Raiders lose.
|Tennessee Titans (5-6-0)|
|Oakland Raiders (4-7-0)|