Rapid Reaction: Ravens 13, Titans 10

January, 10, 2009
1/10/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Set up by an excellent regular season with the best possible path to the AFC Championship Game, the Titans failed in grand style to seize a rare opportunity they talked of relishing.

With three turnovers, a missed field goal, too many penalties and numerous untimely errors, the Titans did their part to help a cleaner Baltimore team advance.

Cue the debate about the meaning of that 13-3 regular season record, Jeff Fisher's playoff legacy and the team's inability to succeed on offense once its one dynamic player -- running back Chris Johnson -- was sidelined with an ankle injury.

  Ravens-Titans highlights
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  Highlights of the Ravens 13-10 victory over the Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoff.

A superb game by Justin Gage wasn't enough to overcome all the gaffes, and the Ravens won 13-10 on a 43-yard field goal by Matt Stover with 53 seconds left.

Now a team that often got wrapped up in the perceived doubts about its potential has to answer for why it failed to live up to it.

When asked about the January 2001 game here under similar circumstances, these Titans said history meant nothing.

That time, the top-seeded Titans outplayed the wild card Ravens in a lot of ways and got clobbered by big plays for a drastic ending of a season they fully expected to end with a Super Bowl appearance in Tampa.

This team wrote its own history.

The sequel was a lot like the original.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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