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Titans outlast Lions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Call this one Music City Mayhem.

The Tennessee Titans are winless no more after an unforgettable overtime victory over Detroit featuring an endless stream of big plays, some suspect officiating and a huge mistake by the Lions on the final play.

Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7 to finally pull out a 44-41 win Sunday where the Lions messed up trying to draw the defense offside.

“Obviously, there was a miscommunication, or I don’t know what you call it, from an enforcement standpoint,” coach Jim Schwartz said.

The Titans (1-2) blew a 20-9 halftime lead in a game featuring wild scoring swings. They became the first NFL team to score five TDs of 60 yards or longer in a single game.

“Piece of cake,” Titans quarterback Jake Locker said with a smile.

Detroit scored 18 straight points, then Tennessee answered with 21 before the Lions scored the final 14 of regulation in a span of 18 seconds – the first team to do that and force overtime in league history.

The touchdown that forced overtime came on a tipped desperation pass after Detroit recovered an onside kick and got an assist from the replacement officials who did not review a possible turnover.

A total of 46 points came in the fourth period. Then in overtime, Bironas’ third field goal put Tennessee ahead to stay.

The Lions (1-2) lost their second straight when Schwartz decided not to let Jason Hanson kick his fifth field goal.

Detroit 6 3 7 25 0 41
Tennessee 10 10 0 21 3 44

Det—FG Hanson 47

Det—FG Hanson 53

Ten—FG Bironas 31

Ten—Campbell 65 punt return (Bironas kick)

Ten—Cook 61 pass from Locker (Bironas kick)

Det—FG Hanson 33

Ten—FG Bironas 38

Det—LeShoure 1 run (Hanson kick)

Det—FG Hanson 26

Det—Burleson 3 pass from Stafford (Burleson pass from Stafford)

Ten—Reynaud 105 kickoff return (Bironas kick)

Ten—Washington 71 pass from Locker (Bironas kick)

Ten—Verner 72 fumble return (Bironas kick)

Det—Johnson 3 pass from Sh.Hill (Hanson kick)

Det—T.Young 46 pass from Sh.Hill (Hanson kick)

Ten—FG Bironas 26


Det Ten
First downs 36 21
Total Net Yards 583 437
Rushes-yards 36-141 19-59
Passing 442 378
Punt Returns 0-0 3-73
Kickoff Returns 2-42 4-174
Int. Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 43-55-0 29-42-0
Sackd-Yrds Lost 1-8 0-0
Punts 4-39.0 1-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 10-91 6-32
Time of Poss. 40:36 27:49


RUSHING—Detroit, LeShoure 26-100, Bell 5-23, Stafford 2-12, Burleson 2-7, Sh.Hill 1-(minus 1). Tennessee, Locker 4-35, C.Johnson 14-24, Reynaud 1-0.

PASSING—Detroit, Stafford 33-42-0-278, Sh.Hill 10-13-0-172. Tennessee, Locker 29-42-0-378.

RECEIVING—Detroit, Johnson 10-164, Burleson 10-69, Pettigrew 8-61, T.Young 6-75, Bell 4-44, LeShoure 4-34, Logan 1-3. Tennessee, Wright 7-41, Britt 6-55, Stevens 5-63, Cook 4-77, Washington 3-112, Williams 2-20, C.Johnson 1-5, Q.Johnson 1-5.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—Tennessee, Bironas 41 (WL), 48 (WL).

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