Final

Titans 35

(4-10, 3-5 away)

Raiders 40

(5-9, 3-4 home)

4:15 PM ET, December 19, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 7 14 0 1435
OAK 14 7 14 540

Titans lose their fourth in a row

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- When you're not headed to the playoffs, madly celebrating a big win late in the season becomes perfectly acceptable -- and completely necessary.

Oakland defensive end Bobby Hamilton hollered through the locker room in delight, coach Norv Turner congratulated his offensive linemen for a great game, and even injured Charles Woodson made locker-room rounds to high-five teammates.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen Titans-Raiders: Any chance the Titans consider going with Volek next year? With Steve McNair talking about a possible retirement, this team and its fan base has to think about backup quarterback Billy Volek. He may not be as good a quarterback as McNair, but he can put points on the board and seems to have a great understanding of the offense. With him or McNair and Chris Brown running the ball back, the Titans won't be down for long. With that offensive core in place next season this team will be able to consistently score 21 points a game. They will just need solid defensive efforts to ensure their return to the playoffs.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

The Raiders and Titans sure made it seem these fallen franchises were playing for something meaningful in late December.

Kerry Collins threw for season-high 371 yards and matched his career high with five touchdown passes, hitting Jerry Porter for three scores and outdueling Billy Volek in Oakland's 40-35 victory Sunday that sent Tennessee to its fourth straight loss.

"This team, we feed off each other," said Raiders defensive lineman Grant Irons, who helped force a safety with 8 seconds left. "The emotion, enthusiasm, we just want to approach each and every game with that."

Volek had the second-best passing day in franchise history with 492 yards and threw for four touchdowns, but the Titans' defense gave up big plays all afternoon. Volek also scored on a 1-yard run with 1:21 left, but later was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for the safety.

"We're moving the ball down the field," Volek said. "The wide receivers are doing a great job. The offensive line was doing a great job. We just didn't score enough points."

Drew Bennett established a career high with 13 receptions, for 160 yards, tying the Titans' franchise record for catches while playing in front of dozens of family and friends. He caught two touchdown passes in the first half, reaching 10 TDs for the first time in his career to become the franchise's first to do it since the Houston Oilers' Drew Hill in 1988.

"Statistics are only good when you get the win," Bennett said.

Volek hit Derrick Mason for a 3-yard score with 11:53 left that pulled Tennessee (4-10) within 35-28.

The Titans later faked a field goal from the Oakland 19, but Craig Hentrich's pass to Shad Meier was incomplete at the goal line. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 42-yard field goal on Oakland's next possession, set up by Alvis Whitted's career-best 57-yard catch.

"You can't say enough about our effort offensively," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "I told the guys inside, 'I'll take this one.' It's the head coach's fault. You can't take points off the board like I did in the decision to go with the fake field goal. It's a great call if you execute it, but not a good decision."

Collins had five touchdown passes for the first time since his New York Giants beat Minnesota in the NFC championship game on Jan. 14, 2001. The last time a Raiders quarterback passed for five was Rich Gannon against Carolina on Dec. 24, 2000.

Porter caught scoring passes of 32, 18 and 3 yards, his second three-TD game of the season, and had eight catches for 148 yards as the Raiders (5-9) bounced back from last Sunday's 35-10 pounding in Atlanta to win at home for the first time since beating Tampa Bay in Week 3.

"Last week was pretty bad," Collins said. "We were pretty awful. The guys really came to play today."

In the first meeting here between these teams since the Raiders won the 2002 AFC championship game to reach their first Super Bowl since 1984, Collins picked apart Tennessee's poor pass defense. He completed three long touchdown passes in the first half in his most impressive game since taking over for the injured Gannon in Week 4.

Collins hit Teyo Johnson for an 18-yard score to get things started, and Doug Gabriel caught a 45-yarder in the third quarter.

Bennett, who grew up in nearby Orinda, scored on passes of 17 and 23 yards. Volek had another big day after throwing for 426 yards in a 49-38 loss to Kansas City at home Monday night.

Volek made his third straight start and sixth overall in place of injured Steve McNair and looked sharp. Oakland's depleted secondary took a beating.

Woodson, the Raiders' four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, sat out with a bone contusion on his right knee. Phillip Buchanon bruised his tailbone in the second quarter on a nullified interception. Bennett scored his second touchdown four plays later.

Game notes


Raiders DT Warren Sapp celebrated his 32nd birthday in a far nicer way than when he played here with Tampa Bay in 1999 on his birthday and lost 45-0. "This is a lot better," Sapp said, smiling. ... The Raiders surpassed their win total of last season, but also gave up a season-high 527 yards.

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERTENOAK
oakSF0:08Tennessee safety.
Drive info: 1 plays, -12 yds, 0:00
3540
SECOND QUARTERTENOAK
tenTD1:33Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 0:15
2021
THIRD QUARTERTENOAK
oakTD4:45Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 22 yds, 2:00
2134
FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
oakTD1:11Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yds, 1:51
713
SECOND QUARTERTENOAK
ten1:29
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 0:15
2121
THIRD QUARTERTENOAK
oakTD7:37Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yds, 1:23
2127
oak4:45
Drive info: 4 plays, 22 yds, 2:00
2135
FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
oak1:11
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yds, 1:51
714
THIRD QUARTERTENOAK
oak7:37
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yds, 1:23
2128
FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
oakTD9:20Touchdown
Drive info: 7 plays, 93 yds, 2:43
06
FOURTH QUARTERTENOAK
oakFG5:20Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yds, 0:40
2838
FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
oak9:12
Drive info: 7 plays, 93 yds, 2:43
07
SECOND QUARTERTENOAK
tenTD9:30Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yds, 4:03
1314
FOURTH QUARTERTENOAK
tenTD1:23Billy Volek, 1 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:16
3438
FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
tenTD3:12Touchdown
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yds, 5:53
67
SECOND QUARTERTENOAK
ten9:30
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yds, 4:03
1414
FOURTH QUARTERTENOAK
ten1:21
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:16
3538
FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
ten3:12
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yds, 5:53
77
SECOND QUARTERTENOAK
oakTD2:00Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:30
1420
oak1:55
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:30
1421
FOURTH QUARTERTENOAK
tenTD12:10Touchdown
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yds, 3:35
2735
ten12:10
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yds, 3:35
2835