The Lions-Titans game and history

September, 24, 2012
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The remarkable Titans-Lions game Sunday featured two incredible never-before-seen NFL developments.
  • The Titans became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in a game in their 44-41 overtime win over Detroit: Tommie Campbell, 65-yard punt-return TD; Jared Cook, 61-yard TD reception from Jake Locker; Darius Reynaud, 105-yard kick-return TD; Nate Washington, 71-yard TD reception from Locker; and Alterraun Verner, 72-yard fumble-return TD.
  • The Lions became the first team in NFL history to score two touchdowns in the final 18 seconds of regulation to either take the lead or force overtime. Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson with 18 seconds remaining and then connected with Titus Young on a 46-yard TD as time expired to force overtime.

More fun stats from ESPN Stats and Info:
  • The Titans are the second team in NFL history to score a punt-return touchdown, a kickoff-return touchdown, a fumble-return touchdown, and a passing touchdown in the same game, joining the 2002 Chiefs.
  • The 46 combined points in the fourth the quarter of the Lions (25) and Titans (21) matchup are the second-most in a fourth quarter in league history trailing only the 48 from Lions (34) and Bears (14) in 2007.

I am confident Mike Munchak will be telling his team it can’t count on five plays worth 374 yards and 35 points next week in Houston, or ever.

I am confident he’s telling them that while progress was made on offense and the Titans will take all the scoring help they can get from special teams and defense, the team can’t count on such monumental contributions regularly.

I am confident the defense will be discussing 583 net yards yielded.

It was a phenomenal day for the Titans, one to remember for sure.

But many of the elements made it one to remember were one-time kind of things, and the Titans will likely have to play better in a what are to likely be more “conventional” games going forward to get the same ultimate result -- a win.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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