GAME FEATURES top 2 seeds in AFC (No. 1 Oakland vs. No. 2 Tennessee). Marks 11th time since 1975 (1st year playoff teams seeded based upon record) that AFC's No. 1 & 2 seeds meet in AFC Championship Game. Home team has won 6 of those 10 for .600 winning pct.
TITANS: Club earned 3rd divisional title in winning AFC South. Titans have won 11 of past 12, outscoring opponents 294-196. Team is 5-3 (.625) on road in 2002. Head coach JEFF FISHER has won 3 of 4 career meetings vs. Oakland……QB STEVE MC NAIR has 3-1 (.750) career record vs. Raiders. In 2002 meeting vs. Oakland, McNair passed for career-best 398 yards. In 6 postseason games, McNair has rushed for 269 yards (44.8 yards per game) & 4 TDs on 43 carries (6.3 avg.)……RB EDDIE GEORGE has rushed for 573 yards in 6 playoff games for 95.5 yards per game avg. George has 5 TDs in those 6. In 4 games vs. Raiders, George has rushed for 464 yards (116.0 yards per game) & 4 TDs, including career-best 215 yards on 8/31/97. Titans are 27-2 (.931) when George carries ball 27 or more times……TE FRANK WYCHECK tied career-high with 10 receptions & had career-best 123 yards with 1 TD last week vs. Steelers……WR-KR-PR DERRICK MASON led club with 1,012 yards in posting back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons for 1st time in career & became first Titan/Oiler to accomplish feat since 1990-91 (DREW HILL & HAYWOOD JEFFIRES). Mason had 6 catches for 99 yards in 2002 meeting vs. Oakland. Among AFC receivers, Mason tied for second-most 3rd-down receptions (27) & ranked 4th in 3rd-down receiving yards (335) in 14 games. WR DREW BENNETT had TD in 2002 meeting vs. Raiders & had 7 catches for 85 yards last week vs. Steelers. Bennett made 18 of his 33 receptions on 3rd down this season……Offensive line allowed fewest sacks in NFL (21)……Rush defense allowed 89.0 yards per game, 2nd in NFL. Titans allowed 4.98 yards per 1st down play (2,133 yards, 428 plays), 2nd-best in conference……In 1st season as starter, LB KEITH BULLUCK led team in tackles (177). Bulluck also added 4 INTs & 7 passes defensed……DE KEVIN CARTER led club & tied for 4th in AFC with 10.0 sacks & has reached double-digit sacks for 4th time in 5 seasons. Rookie DE CARLOS HALL (No. 240) ranked 3rd among NFL rookies in sacks (8.0)……S LANCE SCHULTERS tied for 2nd in AFC with 6 INTs……Special teams held opponents to avg. start at 24.8 yard line, best in NFL.
RAIDERS: Have won 24 playoff games & can tie San Francisco (25) for 2nd all-time in postseason wins. Team is making 14th appearance in AFL/AFC Championship Game, most in history. Raiders have scored 966 points in postseason, most among AFC clubs. Team needs 34 points to become 3rd NFL team with 1,000 playoff points. Head coach BILL CALLAHAN is 3rd coach to lead Raiders to championship game in 1st full season (JOHN MADDEN, 1969, 12-1-1, AFL Championship Game & HOF ART SHELL, 1990, 12-4-0, AFC Championship Game)……Club has defeated all three AFC division champions during season by combined score of 108-62……Raiders have won 8 of past 9, outscoring opponents 254-126. Are 7-2 (.777) at home in 2002 & have won 5 of past 6 home playoff games……Team is one of 9 NFL clubs to qualify for playoffs in each of past 5 decades……In 2002 meeting vs. Titans, Raiders scored 52 points, most since 12/24/00 (52-9 vs. Carolina). Offense led league in total offense (389.8 yards per game), passing yards (279.7) & scored 450 points, 2nd-most in NFL……Pro Bowl QB RICH GANNON was selected as NFL MVP by AP. Of 37 NFL MVPs since 1966, 20 have taken club to Super Bowl & 10 won the game. In 2002 meeting vs. Titans, Gannon completed 29 of 39 passes (74.4 pct.) for 381 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138.9 passer rating…… RB CHARLIE GARNER ranked 4th among AFC total scrimmage yard leaders (1,903 - 962 rushing, 941 receiving)……With TD reception last week vs. NYJ, Pro Bowl WR JERRY RICE tied THURMAN THOMAS & EMMITT SMITH for most career playoff TDs (21). With 47 yards last week, Rice (2,132) surpassed Thomas (2,124) for most yards gained in playoff career. Rice's TD last Sunday vs. NYJ bests his mark from last season as oldest player in NFL history to score TD in playoffs (40 years). In 2002 meeting vs. Tennessee, Rice had 7 catches for 144 yards to become NFL's leader in scrimmage yards, surpassing Pro Football HOF RB WALTER PAYTON. With 81 catches, WR TIM BROWN has recorded 75+ catches for past 10 seasons. In 7 career meetings vs. Titans, Brown has 6 TDs……S ROD WOODSON tied for NFL lead with 8 INTs. Had 3 INTs in 2002 meeting vs. Titans, including 82-yard INT-TD. Raiders have 8 INTs vs. 4 TDs in past 4 vs. Tennessee QB McNair……Defense ranked No. 3 in NFL vs. rush (90.8)……DT ROD COLEMAN ranked 3rd in AFC with 11.0 sacks & led NFL interior defensive linemen.