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Hasselbeck gets the fourth quarter comeback he needed

Matt Hasselback, Keenan Lewis AP

The Titans needed it as a group.

But quarterback Matt Hasselbeck needed a comeback win like Thursday’s over the Steelers for his own reasons.

After losing the starting job to Jake Locker in camp, and then playing poorly in relief, the 37-year-old Hasselbeck finally got the kind of performance he was looking for.

He overcame an earlier interception to lead the Titans to two late scores for a 26-23 win over the Steelers.

It’s been a year like no other for me, at least not in a long time,” Hasselbeck said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “But I think it’s valuable. We’re struggling and personally there was some growth that had to go on for me this year.

“It feels good to get a win against a good opponent. . . . It feels good to make mistakes and put them behind you.”

Hasselbeck was viewed as a steady influence, but his early fourth-quarter pick was his fourth in less than three full games. Two of them were returned for touchdowns against the Texans, but he was able to return to his old form late, leading them to the final 10 points for the win.

“Truthfully we haven’t played our best football yet,” Hasselbeck said. “But hopefully this is a stake in the ground with this victory and hopefully we get on a roll.”

That may be premature, and he’s clearly not the same passer he used to be, but it was at least good for Hasselbeck to look like a guy they can trust again.

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11 Responses to “Hasselbeck gets the fourth quarter comeback he needed”
  1. superseahawk says: Oct 12, 2012 7:46 AM

    Love that guy.

  2. cd_ridge says: Oct 12, 2012 7:49 AM

    As Steelers fan, congrats to the Titans for making the plays they needed to win the game. It pains me to state this, the Steelers are not good. The run defense and third down defense continues to be a problem. The running game is sporadic at best. The passing game is the only positive. At this rate, the Steelers are a .500 team for this season. I will always continue to root for the Steelers, just calling it the way I see it.

  3. phuriousjorge says: Oct 12, 2012 7:58 AM

    Can’t help but root for the man.

  4. kingpel says: Oct 12, 2012 8:19 AM

    And Kenny Britt has been added to the fantasy roster.

  5. sb44champs says: Oct 12, 2012 8:20 AM

    Thank goodness that the Steelers’ arrogant fans lost or we would have to hear about their 6 rings again…

  6. titansbro says: Oct 12, 2012 8:56 AM

    Kenny Britt wasn’t already on someone’s roster? Can I join your league bro?

  7. schmitty2 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:20 AM

    “We want the ball..we’re gonna score”

  8. Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 12, 2012 9:35 AM

    Nice to see Matt beat the Steelers. He owes them at least a few more.

  9. bleed4philly says: Oct 12, 2012 10:28 AM

    A little superbowl 40 revenge for mr hasslebeck, gotta be happy for him.

  10. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 12, 2012 12:19 PM

    “It feels good to get a win against a good opponent…” but it still felt OK to beat the Steelers.

  11. CKL says: Oct 12, 2012 12:39 PM

    Hass is one of the truest pro’s pro guy’s in the NFL. I love the dude. Young QBs should look to him as a role model for how to be a professional. I am happy for Locker that he has Hass. And I am positive Locker will be the same way if he’s lucky enough to have a long, productive career.

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