Chris Johnson was rolling, and the Titans were ready to ride him to a playoff victory against the Ravens.
Then something happened that remains etched in the minds of the Titans and their fans. Several defenders had the rookie running back stopped when he was suddenly bent backward awkwardly over the pile.
"They were trying to hurt me a little bit,'' Johnson said Wednesday when asked to recall the game Jan. 10, 2009.
Yet while that gasp-inducing tackle looked bad, Johnson said he was actually injured a few snaps later on what he called a "fair play." He left the game in the second quarter, didn't return, and the Ravens went on to a 13-10...