Hasselbeck gets the fourth quarter comeback he needed


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.