The Ravens and Titans were fierce rivals in the AFC Central before the NFL moved to four divisions in each conference in 2002. Heading into today's playoff contest, the teams have won nine games each. Here are four memorable meetings:
Ravens 24, Titans 10, Jan. 7, 2001, AFC divisional playoffs, Adelphia Coliseum: : The Ravens continued their march to the Super Bowl with a stunning defeat of the No. 1-seeded Titans. Reserve defensive lineman Keith Washington (above, hand up) blocked two field-goal attempts, one returned 90 yards for a touchdown by Anthony Mitchell, to give the Ravens a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Ray Lewis, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, supplied the clinching touchdown less than six minutes later when he intercepted Steve McNair and returned it 50 yards for the first touchdown of Lewis' five-year NFL career.
Ravens 27, Titans 26, Nov. 12, 2006, LP Field: : A game that began with a standing ovation for McNair (above right), now with the Ravens, ended with the veteran throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Mason, his former Titans teammate. McNair's third touchdown pass of the game put the Ravens ahead 27-26 with 3:35 remaining, which was enough time for the Titans to move into field-goal range. But defensive end Trevor Pryce blocked a 43-yard attempt by Rob Bironas with 43 seconds left, preserving the biggest comeback victory (19 points) in the Ravens' 11-year history. In his first game against his old team, McNair set season highs in completions (29), passing yards (373) and touchdown passes (three).
Ravens 24, Titans 23, Nov. 12, 2000, Adelphia Coliseum: : Trailing 23-17 after an interception of Trent Dilfer was returned for a touchdown, the Ravens had the ball on their own 30-yard line with 2:18 remaining. Nine plays later, wide receiver Patrick Johnson caught a game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass from Dilfer with 25 seconds left. Matt Stover added the extra point - something Tennessee's Al Del Greco couldn't do earlier. Del Greco had a final chance at redemption, but he missed a 43-yard field-goal try as time ran out. The win improved the Ravens' record to 7-4 and moved them within 1 1/2 games of first-place Tennessee in the AFC Central. It was Tennessee's first loss at Adelphia after 12 straight wins.
Titans 20, Ravens 17, Jan. 3, 2004, AFC wild-card playoffs, M&T; Bank Stadium: : An unnecessary-roughness penalty on Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown (above) was the game-turning play. Brown's shove of Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse moved the Ravens back 15 yards before their final punt and helped Tennessee start its drive at its own 37. After a limping McNair engineered an eight-play, 35-yard drive, Gary Anderson's knuckling 46-yard field goal sailed six inches above the crossbar with 29 seconds left. For a change, it was the Titans' defense that won the game instead of the Ravens'. The Ravens were held without a first down on seven of 13 possessions.
Source: Baltimore Sun archives