There had never been a game quite like this in NFL history.
Detroit's Titus Young makes a Hail Mary catch in Sunday's game to force overtime against the Titans.
And there are the record books to prove it.
The Tennessee Titans became the first team in league history to score five touchdowns from 60 yards out or more in a game in Sunday's 44-41 overtime thriller over the Detroit Lions.
The Titans needed every one of those plays on Sunday and a little bit more in order to claim their first win of the season following an 0-2 start.
That's because the Lions became the first team in NFL history to score two touchdowns in the final 18 seconds of a game to either take the lead or force overtime.
“Great players make plays. I think hopefully we learned that no matter what happens in the game, the highs and lows, it's never over,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Added Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who had his first career win in his third NFLstart, “I don't think I could have dreamt the up any crazier than that when I was five years old. Somebody asked me after the game, and it's definitely one that I'll never forget for my first win.”
Indeed, not only did Locker throw for 378 yards on 29 of 42 passes, he connected with Jared Cook on a 61-yard score in the first half, and hit Nate Washington for a 71-yard pass on an incredible catch from the receiver over the back of Jacob Lacey, covering on the play.
“I'd be highly disappointed for his sake if it's not a top play on the top 10 this week,” Locker said.
Washington said the Titans might take a shot at something deep if the opportunity presented itself with the game tied at 27-all in the fourth quarter.
“Coach (Chris) Palmer said we might take a shot at it if they gave us the same opportunity. And Jake just gave me a chance to make a play,” Washington said.
Special teams also made plays for the Titans with a pair of touchdowns, one on a duplicate of the Music City Miracle in the first half that led to Tommie Campbell's 65-yard TD, and the next one to tie the game on Reynaud's franchise record 105-yard kickoff return, thanks to Taylor Thompson's block to get him free.
“After he made that block, the sideline was wide open, and I just used my speed and just hit the hole,” Reynaud said.
Tennessee had one big play on defense at a key time as well – that being Alterraun Verner's snatching the ball away from Brandon Pettigrew for a 72-yard fumble return that seemingly put the game away.
But that was before the Lions began their heroics, capped by the Hail Mary catch from Titus Young that forced overtime as regulation expired.
“We practice that play all through camp – situational practicing,” Young said. “I saw Calvin running down the middle and I knew everyone was going to try to get in front of him. He was our post-up guy, basically the guy who was going for the ball, so I just put myself in the best position I could from the pile, and it just came to my hands.”
The Titans somehow managed to survive in the overtime, leaving them with their first win
“We made a lot of big plays in this game, which was fun to watch,” Munchak said. “We know we've got things to fix.”
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