Recapping the 2020 Tennessee Titans season, you will find a lot of ups and downs.

I already touched on the top moments of the 2020 season. Now I will review some of the more pivotal moments.

“Pivotal” can be a bit of a dramatic word. So let me tell you “pivotal” in this means a play or event that changed the game’s outcome. Although it could have affected the outcome of the entire season, we won’t get caught up in hypotheticals.

Let’s get into it.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI’S MISSED FIELD GOAL

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Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) watches as he misses the game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

In week seven of the season, the Tennessee Titans faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle between the undefeated.

Both teams were 5-0 and looking to extend their win streak to six games.

The game got off to a rocky start for Tennessee. They suffered a 27-7 deficit and couldn’t get anything going offensively.

That is until A.J. Brown took a slant route to the house that sparked a comeback. The Titans came within three points, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s kick sailed right.

Many believe if the game went into overtime, the Titans would have won. There is no way to prove that, but the Titans did have all the momentum.

A.J. BROWN’S GAME-TYING TOUCHDOWN, WEEK 6

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Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) celebrates as he leaves the field after a victory over the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans found themselves in two close contests with the Texans. In both, A.J. Brown came in clutch.

In week six, Brown caught a toe-tapped touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to send the game into overtime.

Derrick Henry went on to win the game for Tennessee in overtime. But, without that A.J. Brown touchdown with four seconds to spare, the Titans would have fallen to 4-1.

If everything else that season went as it did, it means the Titans would be 10-6 and one game shy of the division title.

DESMOND KING FUMBLE RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN

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Nov 8, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Desmond King (33) celebrates with Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) after a defensive stop during the first half against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans went into a bit of a rut after starting 5-0. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, and the last thing they needed was to be toppled by the Chicago Bears.

That Bears game ended up being a close one. It was one where every point mattered.

On one drive, the Bears were threatening versus a bad Titans defense, but Jeffery Simmons and Desmond King came up clutch.

You could argue that this wasn’t that pivotal because the Titans took a 17-0 lead. However, the Bears were in field goal range, so that was a massive swing in momentum.

The Bears ended up making a late push and made the game respectable. So if it wasn’t for the off-schedule defensive touchdown, that ending could have been a lot more dramatic and undesirable.

There are probably a lot more pivotal plays to the 2020 Tennessee Titans season. But these could have drastically affected the outcome of these games and possibly the season if they didn’t happen.

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