Titans Won't Quit Against Colts

After mounting the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in the history of the franchise last weekend against the Giants, the Titans believe that game will be the one that they'll look back on as a turning point for their team.

As the Titans began to prepare for a rematch with the Colts, they know they can't be thinking that a one-point loss in Indianapolis on Oct. 8 will have any carry over effect.

"That would be a big mistake," wide receiver Bobby Wade said. "You've got to go back to scratch and draw up a whole new game plan, a whole new game plan. Knowing that staff, they're not going to let any of that stuff (from the first game) fly. (Our staff has) improved as well since (the Colts) played us last."

The Titans can't expect last week's remarkable 24-21 comeback to carry over either. Still, the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history and the biggest comeback engineered by a rookie quarterback in NFL history will certainly have a bearing on their confidence moving forward. Vince Young said he can envision looking back at the game against the Giants years from now, and thinking that's where he and the Titans got off the ground.

"It's a sneak peek of what can happen, not just with me, but with this team in general," he said.

For some old timers, the win was reminiscent of Steve McNair's work in the early days of the Titans.

"We used to have some comebacks like that back in the day with Mac back there running around," said guard Benji Olson, one of only two Titans who played in the Music City Miracle playoff game against Buffalo as well as the win over the Giants. "Vince came out there and looked like old Mac out there making plays with his legs.

"Give him credit for making some huge runs. A bunch of guys made plays in that fourth quarter. Guys were just hanging in there and didn't give up... I'd put it in the top five at least, we've had a lot of close games that we've won over the years, but this one is pretty impressive. It's right up there to be able to score 24 points in roughly 12 minutes."

The Titans lost to the Jets on opening day when they had a chance to tie it on the last possession and force overtime. They lost by a field goal to Miami. They lost by a point at Indianapolis and against Baltimore.

"I think we grew up," said veteran center Kevin Mawae, a first-year Titan. "We were in a situation three or four times this year and we were unable to finish it off. To finish this one off and show guys they can do this was a big step in the right direction."

When the Titans got blown out at the start of November in Jacksonville, linebacker Peter Sirmon said they simply weren't good enough to overcome a big deficit against a quality opponent. After the win over the Giants, the Titans will move on to challenges like Indianapolis and never think they can't muster a comeback.

"Be it 21 or be it 10, if we take advantage of the opportunities, no game is out of reach now," Sirmon said.

PLAYER NOTES
--QB Vince Young engineered the biggest comeback by a rookie quarterback in NFL history, leading the Titans back from a three TD deficit to a 24-21 win over the Giants. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns, while turning 10 carries into 69 more yards.
--RB Travis Henry never really got going in the Titans come-from-behind win over the Giants. He only got the ball 12 times, gaining 27 yards and losing an early fumble that positioned New York for a score.
--RB LenDale White failed to collect a handoff from Vince Young against the Giants, a play that resulted in a costly lost fumble for the Titans.
--CB-PR Pacman Jones helped turn the game for the Titans with a 23-yard punt return, a 26-yard interception return and an interception near the end of the game that helped the Titans get in position for a game winning field goal.
--K Rob Bironas missed a 48-yarder wide right at the end of the first half against the Giants, but connected on a 49-yarder at the end of the game to cap the Titans franchise record fourth-quarter comeback in a 24-21 win over the Giants.
--TE Bo Scaife had five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' first game without Ben Troupe, who's out for the season with an ankle injury.
--WR Bobby Wade set career highs for catches (six) and yards (83) in the Titans' win over the Giants.


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