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Jake Locker pulls out a win in the final seconds

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The Titans grinded and grinded to stay close to the Chargers all day long and then asked their quarterback to provide something a little more exciting in the final minutes to pull out a victory over the Chargers.

Jake Locker provided it. Locker completed seven-of-nine passes on Tennessee’s final possession of the game, moving them 94 yards in 1:50 to grab a 20-17 lead with 15 seconds left to play. The scoring blow came on a 34-yard pass to the rookie Justin Hunter and the Titans held on after the Chargers tried a cavalcade of laterals that did not wind up being the second coming of the Music City Miracle.

Locker finished the day 23-of-37 for 299 yards and he ran for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the story of the day would have been Tennessee’s inability to move the ball well enough to convert time of possession into points. The Titans ran a lot more plays in the second half, but a missed field goal and misfires on third down had kept the Chargers in front. It didn’t, though, and Locker’s final drive will rightly be the big story in Tennessee. He was accurate and made the right decisions on each play, traits that haven’t always been in evidence during his brief career.

It’s the third straight game that’s come down to the final seconds for the Chargers, who have lost two of them. Their offense looked sharp on a touchdown drive in the third quarter, but they didn’t get many more chances as the Titans held possession of the ball for the lion’s share of the second half. Coach Mike McCoy will likely be second-guessed for running Ryan Mathews on third-and-nine from the Chargers’ 36 with 2:25 to play because the Chargers defense had shown difficulty getting off the field earlier in the game.

And the past hasn’t given much reason to bet that Locker could beat him on a drive starting with the Titans backed up against their own goal line. The next coach won’t have that excuse.

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30 Responses to “Jake Locker pulls out a win in the final seconds”
  1. afcdomination says: Sep 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    AFC West looking like a 2 horse race this year. SD just doesn’t quite have the players that they used to, and lose games that they shouldn’t in pretty epic fashion. if they didn’t spend the game arguing with the refs, maybe they get the call there on Justin hunter.

    just seems like as per usual, the ball isn’t bouncing their way, and SD is headed towards a 6-7 max win season

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 22, 2013 4:22 PM

    The Chargers are doo doo

  3. titans4evr says: Sep 22, 2013 4:24 PM

    I thiught the Titans Pass D held up better than expected against Rivers.

    Yeah Titans!

  4. dumbolt says: Sep 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    choo choo super bowl express!

  5. bearwithjetpack says: Sep 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    Ctrl-F “Push off”

    0 results.

    Hmmm.

  6. ZakGilbertTributePosterVerified says: Sep 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    Philip Rivers kicking the ball during the “cavalcade of laterals” at the end of the game says it all…..

  7. chargerdano says: Sep 22, 2013 4:28 PM

    Id argue with the refa too if the constantly called everything the other teams way

  8. rascalmanny says: Sep 22, 2013 4:28 PM

    BIG win for Locker. He became the leader and playmaker today.

    Just hope Titans get away from run, run, pass crap.

    Bye Bye Britt. Go smoke a blunt with your buddy VY.

  9. quint69 says: Sep 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Titans are for real. Texans could be 0-3.

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    Today’s was a defining game for Jake Locker. Not because of the 94-yard game winning drive. [See Vince Young.] But rather, because he showed a level of maturity in his decision-making we hadn’t seen from him yet–most epitomized by the back-to-back scrambles in the first half when, instead of taking off when he had plenty of running room, he stopped and threw the ball downfield for completions. This is something Titan great Steve McNair didn’t excel at until 2001 (his 5th season as the starter).

  11. eatitfanboy says: Sep 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    This game is further proof, if we needed any, that the NFC East is the worst division in football.

    This San Diego team dominated the Eagles last Sunday, and has now lost to two AFC South teams. The Giants lost by 38 today and are 0-3. The Skins (hello, logicalvoicesays!!) are 0-3.

    What a dumpster fire.

  12. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 4:42 PM

    U-Dub baby!

  13. vipod4ever says: Sep 22, 2013 4:48 PM

    Calling Humbolt, Calling Humbolt…forget it, he’s as useful as the Chargers in the 4th quarter…choking on is own bs.

  14. bamabolt671 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:05 PM

    Congrats to the Titans. I have to say though, Locker really isn’t anything special. He is a good qb, the Charger secondary make ANY qb look like a pro bowl all star, and they have been doing it for years. I am a die hard Charger fan, but I am really growing tired of games like this. The only reason I a hanging on is because of the change in the regime they made; which by the way, should’ve happened 2 or 3 years ago. Spanos “staying the course” and “keeping continuity” has put them that much further behind the rest of the AFC west. The only thing we can hang our hat on is the fact that we are ahead of the Raiders, but then again, doesn’t take much!!!

  15. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    It’s not lost on me that Locker engineered a 99-yard 4th quarter drive to (temporarily) take the lead last week and a 94-yard 4th quarter drive for the win this week.

  16. jonbeezy says: Sep 22, 2013 5:09 PM

    You choker fans, I mean charger fans need to stop Last week you beat a really sorry eagles team and gave yourself a fake crown of some sort. Just try beating someone decent. Start there first and see if you can win another instead basing your success on one half of a game.

  17. bmoretitansfan says: Sep 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    Pissed I cant see Titans games.

  18. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    tennesseeoilers says: Sep 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    It’s not lost on me that Locker engineered a 99-yard 4th quarter drive to (temporarily) take the lead last week and a 94-yard 4th quarter drive for the win this week.
    ———————————————

    This.

    THE University of Washington

  19. zeddicuszorander says: Sep 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    What the hell is jonboner babbling about?

  20. titansbro says: Sep 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    They played basically every play of the final drive on red zone. Remind me again why I should pay $300 for Sunday ticket?

  21. chargersdiehard says: Sep 22, 2013 5:31 PM

    The bolts got a ton of help from the refs. Titans played well.

  22. f00sballfan says: Sep 22, 2013 5:36 PM

    Chargerdano above is full of it. The refs were calling phantom PIs on the Titans all damn day. And not calling a ton of holding penalties on the Chargers. Your craptastic team just couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities.

  23. slick50ks says: Sep 22, 2013 5:40 PM

    I told everyone about Phyllis.

    Pressure, any pressure and he folds like that cheap tent I mentioned.

    He is who he is.

    Enjoy the basement with the faid, although you’ll crush them twice.

  24. tombradystolemyuggs says: Sep 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    Way to go locker.. way to wait till the final seconds to score a win.. a real time wouldn’t have to wait till the end

  25. boltschick says: Sep 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    I knew what would happen as soon as they ran Mathews on 3rd and 9.

    A first down wins you the game, and they run Mathews on 3rd and 9. The odds of converting that were probably 1 in 50.

    It was Martyball all over again.

  26. xgarcia22 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    San Dieggggoooo Super Chokers!!!

  27. baily67 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    I’m a huge Titans fan, and the Titans gave the Chargers every opportunity to win this game. 11 penalties?? come on Chargers, they practically handed it to you. Good job by Locker. Why don’t they let Locker play the 2 minute drill all game long!

  28. raiderapologist says: Sep 22, 2013 7:24 PM

    wearethesteelers says: Sep 22, 2013 4:22 PM

    The Chargers are doo doo
    ————-
    That’s wrong, man. They are Choo Choo doo doo.

  29. paychrisjohnson28 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:52 PM

    Big win for the Titans! Big win for Jake Locker as an NFL starting Quarterback !

    Games like Chargers at Titans today really could have gone either way a play here a play there… I am just glad it went the Titans way for once… Maybe some of the off season changes the Titans made has really paid off. In the NFL the difference really is the little things… If teams keep making little mistakes here and there in the NFL they add up…
    We will see if a win like this can vault the Titans into playoff contention later in the season… 1st Titans/Oilers win over the Chargers in 20 years! As a loyal Titans/Oilers fan since 1978 it’s time to celebrate!
    Go Titans Go! —Titans Fan Dan

  30. slick50ks says: Sep 22, 2013 11:55 PM

    boltschick says:
    Sep 22, 2013 6:03 PM
    I knew what would happen as soon as they ran Mathews on 3rd and 9.

    A first down wins you the game, and they run Mathews on 3rd and 9. The odds of converting that were probably 1 in 50.

    It was Martyball all over again.

    Marty is the best coach you’ve ever had or ever will have.

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