The Tennessee Titans have already clinched a postseason berth, thanks to a loss by the Miami Dolphins against the Buffalo Bills from earlier in the day on Sunday. However, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is still trying to will Tennessee to the team’s first division title in 12 years with a win over the rival Houston Texans.
After leading the Texans for the majority of the Week 17 clash down in Houston, Tannehill and the Titans were still forced to come from behind late in the fourth quarter.
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With Tannehill promptly leading the Titans down the field and into the end zone, the veteran signal-caller actually found pay dirt with his legs on what once appeared to be a potential game-winning touchdown. With the Titans leading the Texans by the score of 38-35 late in the fourth quarter thanks to Tannehill and his mobility, Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn’t quite done just yet. Watson, despite having minimal weapons around him, helped the four-win Texans tie the game with a field goal to knot things at 38 apiece.
The wild game also saw star running back Derrick Henry cross the 2,000 rushing-yard threshold to make history as the eighth player in NFL history with 2,000 rushing yards or more in a single season.
It wasn’t over yet, though, as Tannehill would then use his arm to win the game as the versatile quarterback found second-year wide receiver A.J. Brown way down the field to put the Titans into field goal range with under 10 seconds left to play in regulation. Reserve placekicker Sam Sloman then “doinked” the football off the right upright and somehow over the goal post to officially solidify the Titans as the 2020 AFC South champions in a wild finish.