Titans' heart ripped apart at the end of regulation against the Bengals, 19-16
The Titans got what they wanted and that was home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Now, it was their time to shine with an easier route to get to the Super Bowl with the new playoff format that started this season. They were the only well rested team in the AFC, because they earned the number one seed, which gave more time for Derrick Henry to rest.
With the Bengals coming into town and the winner heading to the AFC Championship, it was time to see if the Titans could prove people wrong that they were a one and done team. On their opening drive, the Titans did not like how they started the game. Ryan Tannehill threw a pick right to the Bengals and they took the turnover and turned it into a field goal to strike first blood.. With all of the talent on both sides of the ball, you would think it would be a shootout, but the first half was all about defense.
Tennessee finally scored on a two-yard power run by Henry at the seven minute mark in the second quarter. After the touchdown, the Titans decided to go for a two-point conversion to establish some type of confidence. The conversion failed and the confidence booster went out the window. Tannehill threw for just 85 yards, as he and his team ended the break down 9-6.
Things continued to look grim for the Titans at the start of the third. Their defense looked gassed and flustered, while the Bengals chewed up some clock and scored a touchdown to make it a 16-6 game. Despite the two score deficit, the Titans' offense kept the ball on the ground. With a mixture of Henry and D'Onta Foreman, the offense returned back to the redzone. However, scoring points on the drive would just be a dream,because Tannehill threw his second pick of the day. A couple of drives later, the Titans tacked on a field goal.
Tennessee got a huge break, as Amani Hooker picked off Joe Burrow with under a minute left in the third. A play later, Tannehill threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to AJ Brown to tie the game up heading into the fourth, 16-16.
With under 30 seconds left in regulation, Tannehill threw his third interception, which set up the Bengals up with great field position. Two plays later, the Bengals had a chance to break the Titans' heart with a 52-yard field goal. The kick was good and left the Titans with a broken heart.