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Despite two costly Eddie George fumbles, the Titans held on to outlast the Steelers 34-31 in OT. After getting a second chance because of a penalty, Joe Nedney kicked a 26-yard field goal to win the game and move the Titans into the AFC championship game. While much of the talk will center around the penalty, the focus should be on the gutsy play of Steve McNair, writes Len Pasquarelli.
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    TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
    The number in parentheses indicates the team's NFL rank.
    Key: Steelers Titans

    Total Offense
     372.0  (5)
      329.5  (17)
    Scoring Offense
     24.4  (8)
      22.9  (13)
    Passing Offense
     252.3  (8)
      215.1  (21)
    Rushing Offense
     132.5  (9)
      122.0  (11)
    Total Defense
     302.2  (7)
      310.3  (10)
    Scoring Defense
      21.6  (16)
     20.3  (11)
    Passing Defense
     216.3  (20)
      221.3  (25)
    Rushing Defense
     85.9  (1)
      89.0  (2)
    More stats: Team Matchup | Inside The Game




    For all the rhetoric that was a part of this game between bitter rivals, and the residual discussion that will take place as a result of the controversy at the end of it, (Steve) McNair managed to separate himself from the fray. On a day of dubious calls, he more often than not made the correct decisions, especially at crunch time. He demonstrated again why he was a legitimate candidate for most valuable players honors in the league this season.
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    Steve McNair joins ESPN's Ed Werder after the Titans overtime victory.
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    Bill Cowher and Jeff Fisher offer differing opinions on the penalty that gave the Titans a second-chance field goal.
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