4:15 PM ET, December 23, 2007
LP Field, Nashville, TN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have a chance to win their way into their first playoff berth since 2003, thanks to help from Cincinnati and their own stingy, quarterback-hitting defense.Pro Bowler Kyle Vanden Bosch had three of Tennessee's six sacks and Chris Brown ran for a touchdown as the Titans beat the New York Jets 10-6 on Sunday for their third victory in four games and their first winning season since 2003.
Next Sunday's season finale between the Titans and Colts at Indianapolis has been moved to prime time with Tennessee in position to secure an AFC wild-card berth.The NFL said after Tennessee's 10-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday it was switching Titans-Colts from 1 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. under the flexible schedule for late-season Sunday games. The originally scheduled Kansas City-Jets game moves to 4:15 p.m. EST.
Also being moved to 4:15 p.m. ET will be Dallas at Washington and Pittsburgh at Baltimore.
If the Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion Colts, they
will earn the sixth seed in the playoffs. They can't get in with a
loss, regardless of what Cleveland does at home to San Francisco in
an afternoon game.
Fisher passed George Allen for 27th in NFL history with 119 career wins. ... It was Vanden Bosch's second game this season with three sacks, third of his career. ... Bulluck leads the team with a career-best five interceptions. ... Jerricho Cotchery finished with eight catches for 152 yards for his first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career. He now has 1,054 yards.
Head coach Jeff Fisher's emotional speech at the start of the second half and the Titansí halftime adjustments were the difference in this game. Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz did a great job of mixing in different sub defensive personal groupings that included some five-man pressure along with overload blitz schemes. With Jets QB Chad Pennington's inability to attack all levels downfield due to his lack of arm strength, the Titans aligned DE Kyle Vanden Bosch on the second level in heavy pass-down tendencies, which allowed him to hit certain gaps as a downhill rusher and collapse the inside pocket. That forced Pennington to move off his landmark and disrupted the timing and rhythm of the Jetsí quick, controlled passing game. Vanden Bosch was also very disruptive off the edge with his unbelievable motor in pass rush situations.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||1-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||14:26||Chris Brown, 4 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 40 yds, 2:38
|TD||11:05||Jerricho Cotchery, 9 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick blocked)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yds, 3:24
|FG||6:40||Rob Bironas 46 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yds, 4:02