The Titans had a four-point lead Sunday with two minutes left in the fourth quarter at LP Field. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton lined up in the shotgun on second-and-25 from midfield.
Titans end William Hayes slid around Denver right tackle Ryan Harris and got both hands on Orton. But the quarterback slid to his right and moved up in the pocket. He pump-faked, then let the ball fly.
It was on target to Jabar Gaffney and safety Chris Hope wasn’t pursuing at an ideal angle. He never turned his head as Gaffney tried to come back to the ball, drawing a pass interference call that cost Tennessee 49 yards and set up the Broncos for the go-ahead touchdown.
It felt like the Titans were in control of the game before that play. If they could have stopped the Broncos from gaining 25 yards on the ensuing three plays it was going to be over. That’s a scenario anybody would take.
But Hayes and Hope failed them, Orton made the play and the Titans unraveled, losing 26-20.