1:00 PM ET, December 21, 2003
HOUSTON (AP) -- It's December and Steve McNair is ailing.Look out.The Titans quarterback, playing with a cracked bone spur in his left ankle and a sore right calf, hit Drew Bennett for a 23-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 17 seconds left to lead the Tennessee Titans into the playoffs with a 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans.
Enough can't be said about the Iron Man. McNair plays through all measures of pain and still finds ways to rally his team to victory. He's one of the few players in the NFL who can single-handedly make his team a playoff contender year in and year out.
Question on the Texans: Are the Texans hurting for defensive personnel, or is the unit set back by an anemic offense?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
McNair set a career high with 24 touchdown passes, two better than last season. He has 3,215 yards passing through 15 games this season, his fourth with 3,000 or better. ... Texans linebacker Shantee Orr broke his left ankle, and cornerback Kenny Wright -- starting because of Aaron Glenn's season-ending groin surgery -- tore a knee ligament.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.3||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||4:20||KRIS BROWN 49 YD||0||3|
|TD||11:44||ERRON KINNEY 2 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (GARY ANDERSON KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 87 yds, 3:30
|FG||15:00||GARY ANDERSON 41 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 59 yds, :59
|TD||6:16||MARLON MCCREE 95 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (KRIS BROWN KICK)||10||10|
|TD||9:42||SAMARI ROLLE 61 YD FUMBLE RETURN (GARY ANDERSON KICK)||17||10|
|TD||12:05||COREY BRADFORD 20 YD PASS FROM DAVID CARR (KRIS BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:23
|FG||3:20||GARY ANDERSON 26 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 64 yds, 6:15
|TD||13:12||DOMANICK DAVIS 5 YD RUN (KRIS BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:02
|TD||14:43||DREW BENNETT 23 YD PASS FROM STEVE MCNAIR (GARY ANDERSON KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 75 yds, 1:31