The Tennessee Titans finished the 2008 season with a 13-3 record, which earned them the top overall seed in the playoffs.
In the divisional round, the Titans faced the No. 6 seed Baltimore Ravens, a team that secured a playoff spot with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 17.
The Titans looked completely out of sorts against the Ravens. A Kerry Collins interception and fumble, paired with a Lendale White fumble, plus an injury to Chris Johnson, made the first half a half from hell for Tennessee.
An Alge Crumpler fumble in the fourth quarter essentially sealed the Titans’ fate. The Ravens ended up winning the game over the favored Titans on a late Matt Stover field goal.
Baltimore went on to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC conference championship game.
All these years later, anyone associated with the Titans certainly feels like they let one get away in early 2009.
CJ said the Ravens ended his game early by twisting his ankle in the 2008 Wild Card game. @ChrisJohnson28 said, “Truly in my heart I know we would’ve won that game.”
— 3HL (@3HL1045) January 10, 2020
Though there’s no one from the 2008 team left on the roster, it still has to be a good feeling for the franchise to know they get a unique chance at some revenge on Saturday night in Baltimore.
Tennessee will waltz into town, as the No. 6 seed, fresh off a road win against the New England Patriots (in 2008, the Ravens beat the AFC East division winning Miami Dolphins in the first round). The Ravens, with an impressive 14-2 record and the presumed league MVP, are heavy favorites. Baltimore hasn’t lost since late September. If they don’t reach the Super Bowl, it will be a massive disappointment — just like it was for the Titans in 2008.
No one outside of Nashville is giving the Titans much of a chance. And anyone in Nashville that thinks logically has to figure this is the Ravens’ game to lose.
Could be the other way around on Saturday night pic.twitter.com/Ze0thldyKq
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) January 10, 2020
My gut is telling me the Titans’ season will end on Saturday night in Baltimore. I mean, who in the world would bet against Lamar Jackson right now?
But in a way, all of this works in the Titans’ favor. All of the pressure is on the Ravens. No one is giving the Titans any thought.
This is when upsets happen. When no one is giving the underdog a chance.
And it wouldn’t it be quite poetic if the Titans avenged their last home playoff loss by knocking the best team in the NFL out of the playoffs?
If the upset happens, I think we can safely say that Tennessee has finally arrived at great this season.
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