Tuesday, September 28, 2010
AFC South Week 3 decisive moment
By Paul Kuharsky
With the Titans and Giants knotted at 10-10, Tennessee faced a fourth-and-15 at its 38-yard line. Brett Kern punted to end the Titans’ first possession of the third quarter.
Michael Griffin is an outstanding special-teamer who I’m not sure always loves playing special teams. He tracked Kern’s punt, made an excellent over-the-shoulder catch with complete awareness of where he was, and stayed just outside the goal line while downing the ball inside the 1.
That play set up the Titans for a scoring flurry.
Within 2 minutes, 56 seconds, Tennessee scored nine points thanks to the field position Kern and Griffin provided. Ahmad Bradshaw’s end zone chop block resulted in a safety and undid a 43-yard Eli Manning-to-Mario Manningham pass play.
Marc Mariani returned the free kick 22 yards and the Titans quickly moved 51 yards en route to a Vince Young-to-Kenny Britt touchdown pass.
The game was never really in doubt from there, with the Titans adding another 10 points as they put the Giants away.