NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the 2-14 season in the bank, we’ll spend some time looking back at a dozen plays that defined the Tennessee Titans' season.
I put them in rough order, but we certainly could shuffle the list
Game: Browns 29, Titans 28, Week 4 at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Oct. 5, 2014
Situation: The Titans had led the Browns 28-3 in the second quarter and were gradually giving it away in what would wind up as a historic cave in. It was 28-22 when Charlie Whitehurst hit Delanie Walker with a first down pass for six yards. The Browns challenged it and the spot was moved back a yard, leaving the Titans facing a fourth down, knowing the Browns were rolling on offense.
Play: Fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 42-yard line with 3:09 left in the game. Coach Ken Whisenhunt called for a sneak and Whitehurst stood up and pushed into the line on the left rather than getting look at looking for space to poke through. Right guard Chance Warmack got pushed into Whitehurst and Walker was the victim of a big push on the left side. Whitehurst got stuffed by Donte Whitner and Jabaal Sheard and a challenge maintained the spot short of a first down. The Browns got the ball back and needed just three plays for the game winning touchdown, a 6-yard Brian Hoyer-to-Travis Benjamin scoring pass. It completed the worst collapse by a home team in NFL history. Win probability said Whisenhunt made the right call. I didn’t have a beef with the going for it, but it’s one of those calls where I say it’s a good call as long as you convert it. Had they punted it away, the Browns likely would have driven further to win it.
Here’s a Twitter follower who suggested it:
No. 6: Pierre Garcon's 70-yard touchdown catch
No. 7: Mettenberger's second shoulder injury
No. 8: Bernard Pollard's dropped interception
No. 9: Mettenberger's bomb to Nate Washington
No. 10: Le'Veon Bell running out the clock
No. 11: Sammie Hill's field goal block against the Jaguars
No 12: Chris Spencer's false start on a kneel down