2007 Tennessee Titans season

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2007 Tennessee Titans season
Head coach Jeff Fisher
Home field LP Field
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 3rd AFC South
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 17–6
Timeline
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The 2007 Tennessee Titans season was the 48th season overall and 38th in the National Football League, and their 11th in Tennessee. They entered the season in an attempt to improve on their 8–8 record from 2006, along with attempting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
1 August 11 Washington Redskins L, 6–14 LP Field 0–1
2 August 17 at New England Patriots W, 27–24 Gillette Stadium 1–1
3 August 24 at Buffalo Bills W, 28–17 Ralph Wilson Stadium 2–1
4 August 30 Green Bay Packers W, 30–14 LP Field 3–1

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
1 September 9 Jacksonville Jaguars W, 13–10 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 1–0
2 September 16 Indianapolis Colts L, 20–22 LP Field 1–1
3 September 24 at New Orleans Saints W, 31–14 Louisiana Superdome 2–1
4 Bye
5 October 7 Atlanta Falcons W, 20–13 LP Field 3–1
6 October 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L, 10–13 Raymond James Stadium 3–2
7 October 21 at Houston Texans W, 38–36 Reliant Stadium 4–2
8 October 28 Oakland Raiders W 13–9 LP Field 5–2
9 November 4 Carolina Panthers W 20–7 LP Field 6–2
10 November 11 Jacksonville Jaguars L 13–28 LP Field 6–3
11 November 19 at Denver Broncos L 20–34 INVESCO Field at Mile High 6–4
12 November 25 at Cincinnati Bengals L 6–35 Paul Brown Stadium 6–5
13 December 2 Houston Texans W 28–20 LP Field 7–5
14 December 9 San Diego Chargers L 17–23 LP Field 7–6
15 December 16 at Kansas City Chiefs W 26–17 Arrowhead Stadium 8–6
16 December 23 New York Jets W 10–6 LP Field 9–6
17 December 30 at Indianapolis Colts W 16–10 RCA Dome 10–6

Standings[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (2) Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 450 262 L1
x (5) Jacksonville Jaguars 11 5 0 .688 2–4 8–4 411 304 L1
x (6) Tennessee Titans 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 301 297 W3
Houston Texans 8 8 0 .500 1–5 5–7 379 384 W1

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 3 3 7 0 13
Jaguars 7 3 0 0 10

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

The Titans began their season on the road against their division rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Tennessee struck first with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 20-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Jaguars took the lead with QB David Garrard completing a 47-yard TD pass to WR John Broussard. In the second quarter, Jacksonville increased its lead with kicker Josh Scobee getting a 22-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Titans would draw closer with Bironas kicking a 31-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Tennessee took the lead for good with QB Vince Young running into the end zone from 2 yards out for the final score of the game.

With the win, the Titans began the year at 1–0.

Week 2: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 6 10 6 0 22
Titans 3 3 7 7 20

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

The Titans and Colts met at LP Field on September 16. After a slow start from both offenses, the Colts struck first with an 8-yard run by Joseph Addai, but Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed the point after. With 1:03 left in the first quarter, the Titans scored with a 30-yard field goal by Rob Bironas. In the second quarter, the Colts scored another touchdown via a 22-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Dallas Clark. Both sides kicked another field goal in the quarter, and the Colts led 16–6 at the break. After the break, Adam Vinatieri made another field goal to extend the Colts' lead. Titans running back LenDale White scored a rushing touchdown, while Vinatieri's field goal attempt was tipped but bounced over the crossbar to end the third quarter. Vinatieri missed a 36 yard attempt early in the fourth quarter and Vince Young threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Roydell Williams to end the game's scoring.

With the Titans' 22–20 loss, the team fell to 1–1 on the season.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 3 7 7 14 31
Saints 0 7 7 0 14

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Following their home loss from the Colts, the Titans flew to the Louisiana Superdome for a Monday Night fight with the New Orleans Saints. In the first quarter, Tennessee got the first punch with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 33-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Titans increased its lead with QB Vince Young completing a 35-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Jones. The Saints would respond with RB Reggie Bush getting a 1-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, New Orleans would take the lead with another 1-yard TD run by Bush. Fortunately, Tennessee would regain the lead with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Titans closed out the game with Young completing a 3-yard TD pass to TE Bo Scaife, while DB Vincent Fuller returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. Pulling off the 3 other Saints interceptions was LB Keith Bulluck.

With the win, Tennessee entered its bye week at 2–1.

Week 5: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 3 3 0 13
Titans 7 3 10 0 20

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their bye week, the Titans were at home for a Week 5 interconference duel with the Atlanta Falcons. In the first quarter, Tennessee fell behind early as RB LenDale White fumbled, allowing Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall to return the ball 56 yards for a touchdown. Later, the Titans ties the game with RB Chris Brown getting a 3-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Atlanta went back into the lead with kicker Morten Andersen getting a 32-yard field goal. Tennessee would end the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 30-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Falcons regained the lead with Andersen kicking a 28-yard field goal. Fortunately, the Titans took the lead with kicker Rob Bironas nailing a 40-yard field goal, while DB Vincent Fuller intercepted Atlanta QB Joey Harrington and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, it was a defensive struggle. Even when the Falcons benched Harrington and put QB Byron Leftwich in, Tennessee managed to hold on and win, despite having 5 turnovers on the day.

With the win, not only did the Titans improve to 3–1, but it was also their 5th straight win over Atlanta. It also improved head coach Jeff Fisher's head coaching record against the NFC South to 13–1.

Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 0 3 7 10
Buccaneers 0 3 7 3 13

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Game attendance: 65,347
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Coming off a home win over the Falcons, the Titans flew to Raymond James Stadium for a Week 6 interconference duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee would trail as Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant got a 23-yard field goal for the only score of the half. In the third quarter, the Titans would respond with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 48-yard field goal. However, Tampa Bay answered with QB Jeff Garcia completing a 69-yard TD pass to WR Joey Galloway. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee tied the Buccaneers again with RB LenDale White getting a 2-yard TD run. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay would get the win as Bryant nailed a 43-yard field goal.

With the loss, not only did the Titans fall to 3–2, but QB Vince Young (11/14 for 120 yards and 1 interception) left the game in the third quarter with an injured right quadriceps.

Scoring summary
Q Team Time Scoring play Score
2 TB 6:07 Matt Bryant 23 Yard Field Goal TB 3–0
3 TEN 7:52 Rob Bironas 48 Yard Field Goal 3–3
3 TB 2:29 Joey Galloway 69 Yard Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick) TB 10–3
4 TEN 1:17 LenDale White 2 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 10–10
4 TB 0:11 Matt Bryant 43 Yard Field Goal TB 13–10

Week 7: at Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 6 16 10 6 38
Texans 7 0 0 29 36

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Buccaneers, the Titans flew to Reliant Stadium for a Week 7 AFC South showdown with the Houston Texans. With Vince Young recovering from a quad injury, back-up QB Kerry Collins was given the start. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 52-yard field goal. The Texans would respond with LB DeMeco Ryans returning a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, the Titans answered with Bironas kicking a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Tennessee began to pound away as Bironas got a 21-yard field goal, while RB LenDale White got a 1-yard TD run. Afterwards, Bironas would end the half with a 30-yard and a 28-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Titans continued its domination with Bironas kicking a 43-yard field goal, while rookie RB Chris Henry got a 4-yard TD run. However, in the fourth quarter, Houston began to rally as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 7-yard TD pass to WR David Anderson and a 6-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. Afterwards, Tennessee managed to reply. With Bironas' 29-yard field goal, he became the 5th kicker in NFL history to get 7 field goals in one game. However, the Texans managed to retake the lead with Rosenfels completing a 7-yard TD pass to TE Jeb Putzier and a 53-yard TD pass to WR André Davis. Fortunately, the Titans managed to get a historic last-second field goal. With his 29-yard field goal, not only did it seal the win for Tennessee, but it made Rob Bironas the first kicker in NFL history to get 8 field goals in one game.

With the win, the Titans improved to 4–2.

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 6 0 0 9
Titans 3 0 7 3 13

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their divisional road win over the Texans, the Titans returned home for a Week 8 intraconference duel with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski got a 50-yard field goal. The Titans would tie the game with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 35-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Oakland retook the lead with Janikowski getting a 43-yard and a 54-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Tennessee drew close with rookie RB Chris Henry getting a 24-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, the Titans took the lead for good as Bironas nailed a 23-yard field goal. Afterwards, Tennessee's defense held off the Raiders long enough for a touchdown.

With the win, the Titans improved to 5–2.

Week 9: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 7 7
Titans 10 3 0 7 20

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their home win over the Raiders, the Titans stayed at home for a Week 9 intraconference duel against the Carolina Panthers. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood[clarification needed] as QB Vince Young got a 3-yard TD run, along with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 47-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Titans increased their lead with Bironas kicking a 53-yard field goal for the only score of the period.

After a scoreless third quarter, Tennessee managed to put the game out of reach with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. The Panthers would avoid getting shut out as QB David Carr completed an 18-yard TD pass to WR Drew Carter.

With the win, not only did the Titans improve to 6–2, but Head Coach Jeff Fisher improved his record over the NFC South to 14–2.

Tennessee's defense had a good game as they sacked Carr 7 times and limited Carolina's offense to just 191 total yards.

Week 10: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 7 7 7 28
Titans 0 3 3 7 13

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game attendance: 69,143
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (color commentator)

Coming off their home win over the Panthers, the Titans stayed at home for an AFC South rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Jaguars QB Quinn Gray completed a 2-yard TD pass to FB Greg Jones for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Titans continued to fall behind as RB Maurice Jones-Drew got an 8-yard TD run. Tennessee would end the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 37-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Jacksonville increased its lead with RB Fred Taylor getting a 4-yard TD run. The Titans would manage to get a 49-yard field goal from Bironas. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee drew close with QB Vince Young completing a 20-yard TD pass to WR Justin Gage. Unfortunately, the Jaguars sealed the win with Gray completing a 3-yard TD pass to Jones.

With the loss, the Titans fell to 6–3.

Not only was Tennessee's rushing attack held to a season-low 62 yards, but their top-ranked rushing defense allowed its first 100-yard rusher of the year in Maurice Jones-Drew (19 attempts for 101 yards and 1 touchdown). This is largely in part due to DT Albert Haynesworth and DE Travis LaBoy being inactive due to injuries.

Week 11: at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 10 7 3 20
Broncos 14 6 7 7 34

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Hoping to rebound from their divisional home loss to the Jaguars, the Titans flew to INVESCO Field at Mile High for a Week 11 Monday Night intraconference duel with the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Broncos QB Jay Cutler completed a 48-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Stokley, along with WR/PR Glenn Martinez returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, the Titans got on the board with QB Vince Young completing a 21-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Jones. Denver would respond with kicker Jason Elam getting a 21-yard and a 39-yard field goal. Tennessee would end the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 56-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Titans continue to trail as Cutler completed a 41-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall. Tennessee would reply with Young getting a 4-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Titans tried to get a comeback as Bironas nailed a 37-yard field goal. Unfortunately, the Broncos sealed the win with RB Andre Hall getting a 62-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Titans fell to 6–4.

Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 6 0 0 6
Bengals 7 7 14 7 35

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Trying to snap a two-game losing skid, the Titans flew to Paul Brown Stadium for a Week 12 duel with the Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Bengals RB Rudi Johnson got a 5-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Titans got on the board with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 28-yard field goal. However, Cincinnati answered with QB Carson Palmer completing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Chad Johnson. Tennessee would end the half with Bironas getting a 23-yard field goal.

In the second half, the Bengals sealed the win Carson and Chad hooking up with each other on a 2-yard TD pass in the third quarter and a 3-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

With their third-straight loss, the Titans fell to 6–5.

Week 13: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 3 0 10 20
Titans 7 0 14 7 28

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Trying to snap a three-game losing skid, the Titans went home for a Week 13 AFC South rematch with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Texans RB Ron Dayne got a 1-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Titans responded with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Houston regained the lead with kicker Kris Brown getting a 45-yard field goal for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Tennessee took the lead as QB Vince Young completed a 43-yard TD pass to WR Roydell Williams, along with an 11-yard TD pass to WR Justin Gage. In the fourth quarter, the Texans crept closer with QB Sage Rosenfels completing a 28-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson. Afterwards, the Titans replied with RB Chris Brown getting a 7-yard TD run. Later, Houston managed to get a 50-yard field goal from Brown. Afterwards, Tennessee's defense help secure the guarantee of their three-game skid coming to an end.

With the season-sweeping win, the Titans improved to 7–5. This marked the third-straight year that Tennessee has swept the Texans.

Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chargers 0 0 3 14 6 23
Titans 3 0 7 7 0 17

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their divisional home win over the Texans, the Titans stayed at home for a Week 14 intraconference duel with the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, the Titans went on the attack first as kicker Rob Bironas managed to get a 44-yard field goal for the only score of the half.

In the third quarter, the Chargers tied the game with kicker Nate Kaeding getting a 20-yard field goal. Afterwards, Tennessee would regain the lead with rookie RB Chris Brown getting a 7-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Titans increased its lead with RB LenDale White getting a 7-yard TD run. However, San Diego tied the game with QB Philip Rivers completing a 7-yard TD pass to RB LaDainian Tomlinson and a 2-yard TD pass to TE Antonio Gates. In overtime, the Chargers sealed the win with Tomlinson getting a 16-yard TD run.

With the loss, Tennessee fell to 7–6.

The Titans have lost 4 out their last 5 games since starting the year at 6–2.

Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 3 10 6 26
Chiefs 0 14 3 0 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Chargers, the Titans flew to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 15 intraconference duel with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood as QB Vince Young completed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Roydell Williams for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Chiefs tied the game with QB Brodie Croyle completing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Samie Parker. Afterwards, the Titans responded with kicker Rob Bironas managing to get a 37-yard field goal. Kansas City would take the lead prior to halftime with Croyle completing a 9-yard TD pass to FB Kris Wilson.

In the third quarter, Tennessee would draw close as Bironas kicked a 37-yard field goal. The Chiefs answered with kicker John Carney getting a 36-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Titans would retake the lead with Young and Williams hooking up with each other again on a 41-yard TD pass. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee clinched the victory with Bironas nailing a 40-yard and a 25-yard field goal.

With the win, the Titans kept their playoff hopes alive at 8–6.

Week 16: vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 6 0 0 6
Titans 0 7 3 0 10

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their road win over the Chiefs, the Titans went home for a Week 16 duel with the New York Jets. After a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee got on the board first in the second quarter with RB Chris Brown getting a 4-yard TD run. The Jets would respond with QB Chad Pennington completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR Jerricho Cotchery (with a failed PAT). In the third quarter, the Titans took the lead with kicker Rob Bironas nailing a 46-yard field goal. For the rest of the game, Tennessee's defense kept New York from being any kind of threat.

With the win (and a Cleveland loss), the Titans continued to keep their playoff hopes alive at 9–6.

RB LenDale White (23 attempts for 104 yards) got his first career 1,000-yard season.

Week 17: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 0 3 6 16
Colts 0 3 7 0 10

at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Coming off their home win over the Jets, the Titans (needing a win to make the playoffs) flew to the RCA Dome for a Week 17 Sunday night AFC South rematch with the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts. In the first quarter, Tennessee got the first punch as RB Chris Brown capped off the team's game-opening drive with an 8-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Colts got on the board with kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 37-yard field goal for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Indianapolis took the lead with QB Jim Sorgi completing a 3-yard TD pass to WR Craphonso Thorpe. Afterwards, the Titans tied the game with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 40-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee sealed the deal with Bironas nailing a 54-yard and a 33-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Titans end the regular season at 10–6, but it also gave them the AFC's #6 seed.

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: NFL playoffs, 2007-08

Schedule[edit]

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site NFL Recap
Wild Card January 6, 2008 San Diego Chargers (3) L 17–6 Qualcomm Stadium [1]

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday January 6, 2008): at San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 3 3 0 0 6
Chargers 0 0 10 7 17

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Game time: 4:15 PM EST
  • Game weather: 39°F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 65,640
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play by play) & Phil Simms (color commentator)

Game summary[edit]

Entering the playoffs as the AFC's #6 seed, the Titans began their Super Bowl run at Qualcomm Stadium against the third-seeded San Diego Chargers in a rematch of Week 14, which saw Tennessee lead early, yet lose in overtime.

In the first half, the Titans got the early lead as kicker Rob Bironas kicked a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Chargers took the lead with kicker Nate Kaeding nailing a 20-yard field goal, along with QB Philip Rivers completing a 25-yard TD pass to WR Vincent Jackson. In the fourth quarter, San Diego sealed the win with RB LaDainian Tomlinson getting a 1-yard TD run.

With the loss, Tennessee ended its season with an overall record of 10–7.

QB Vince Young entered this game as the youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game in franchise history (24 years and 233 days).

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