Titans earn 16-point win as 10-point underdog

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The combination of the Titans being such big underdogs, and winning so easily, made Saturday night’s victory in Baltimore a rare achievement in NFL history.

The Titans were 10-point underdogs and won 28-12. To win by 16 as a 10-point underdog is so rare that it was only the third time an underdog that big has won by that much in NFL postseason history.

The two previous instances when an underdog that big won by that much in the postseason were Super Bowl IV, when the 12-point underdog Chiefs beat the Vikings by 16, and the 2008 NFC divisional round, when the 10-point underdog Cardinals beat the Panthers by 20.

Hardly anyone saw the Titans’ victory coming, and basically no one could have foreseen that the Titans would win in such convincing fashion. This was one of the most surprising results in NFL playoff history.

68 responses to “Titans earn 16-point win as 10-point underdog

  1. The victory didn’t surprise me that much because of the beatdown the Titans put on the Pats. I also think the Ravens were too confident and looking ahead instead of looking at what was about to steamroll over them. Great game, and Lamar Jackson showed a lot of class in his post-game press conference. If he doesn’t end up with at least two rings during the course of his career, I’ll be surprised.

  2. For 5 months it’s been non-stop Lamar Jackson talk and then when the bright lights went on he vanished once again in the postseason.

    Again, he is a running back not a real quarterback.

  3. Maybe the Ravens should have spent more time concentrating on what they had to do rather than acting like a bunch of giddy kids.
    Arrogance is the great downfall of many.

  4. If you were completely shocked the Titans won you haven’t been watching football. Maybe they only would have won 3 or 4 of 10 times but this isn’t the Namath Jets.

  5. Ravens set the 16 game season record for rushing yards in 2019 (previously held by the 1978 Patriots), lose to the Titans in the playoffs.

    Patriots set the 16 game season rushing record in 1978, lose to the Houston Oilers in the playoffs. And the Titans were once the…Oilers.

    Sensing a trend?

  6. The Titans appear to have ended the Patriots 20 year dynasty as well as the Ravens 16 week dynasty. Congrats to Vrabel and the Titans from a lifetime Patriot fan.

  7. They were the “team no one wants to face” of this year’s playoffs. Arguably the hottest team the last part of the season – they really found their identity after the QB switch, and just got better with each passing week.

    They came in w/ a great gameplan yesterday, and the Ravens were rusty & not ready. I think it still ends next week for them at KC, but kudos to Vrabel for building a real contender there. Really impressed w/ how he coaches and what he’s doing there.

  8. Congrats, Memphis. It’s always nice when your homer team fills your pockets with joy. The heartbroken city of Baltimore will be on a Ramen Noodle diet for a couple of months. Me too. I sure wish I’d seen that beatdown coming.

  9. Titans can thank the incompetence of the Dolphins for Tannehill and him

    going to Tennessee. Lousy coaching hid the potential of a good QB.

  10. Titans got up big, Jackson started racking Stafford like stats. It’s easy to throw against prevent. I’m already seeing blogs and comments about how great Jacksons stats were. NBA fans need to stay in their lane-

  11. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2020 at 11:41 am
    Congrats, Memphis. It’s always nice when your homer team fills your pockets with joy. The heartbroken city of Baltimore will be on a Ramen Noodle diet for a couple of months. Me too. I sure wish I’d seen that beatdown coming.
    =============
    Memphis has an NFL team now? Who knew?

  12. “Situational football” extends beyond a few plays during a game. The Pats could have had home field and the Steelers could have eliminated the Titans with a win in week 16. In that scenario, the entire playoffs would play out differently with Baltimore or perhaps the Patriots ending up in the Superbowl.

    There’s such a thin line between the perception of a failed season and need to blow things up, and being a top 4 team. If Houston somehow knocks out the Chiefs, it doesn’t mean there’s a changing of the guard. It just means the teams that were the most prepared and played the best situation football earned the right to move to the next round in the tournament.

    As a fan, I’m disappointed my team is out but I love football enough to enjoy what I’m watching. Looking forward to doing it all over again next year. Condolences Ravens fans and can’t wait to battle it out in 2020.

  13. Eh, we Patriots fans knew the end was coming, and many thought it happened at least three times prior to this year. What a great run and we have six Lombardis, and a variety of other hardware to commemorate it. And suddenly the landing wasn’t as bad as we all thought, because, apparently, the Titans are legitimately dangerous football team. Something, the Ravens didn’t seem to grasp as they were planning their next week of hosting the AFCCG.

  14. Gimmicky offenses always fall apart in the playoffs. Go get a real QB to play QB and move Jackson to RB, where he belongs.

  15. Not sure that we saw it coming but after last week definitely not surprised. Titans lucky to have Steamroller Henry. Massive weapon. But their defense definitely stepped up as well. Kudos to the Titans they are getting better with each game.

  16. The likely MVP is now 19-3 as a starter in the regular season but he is 0-2 in the playoffs. It won’t be as easy to be MVP in future seasons, because Patrick Mahomes is healthy again, and Jimmy G. is emerging as a bona fide MVP candidate.

  17. Ravens fan here. This post season sucked. I had to root for the Pats against Tennessee because I did fear them. They were only a 6 seed because of the slow start and they play a similar style. And of course, the Pats lose. They find a way to screw the Ravens again!
    All in all, I’m not to down on the loss. I did expect us to win the division, but a #1 seed and Lamar’s amazing play throughout the year was certainly unexpected.
    They Ravens should learn from this. They played a little tight and I thought they abandoned the run way too early. Lamar is definitely not the first MVP to lose in the playoffs. Anyway, the future looks bright and hats off to the Titans.

  18. Bus driver for Titans last night after the game told people o the ride back to hotel that the chiefs had already reserved and paid for their bus services next week. Sounds like counting eggs before they hatch.not a good idea ask the buzzards. TITAN UP.

  19. NFL fans have been warning the media all season that LJ may not be the type of QB who can win SBs.

    They were righ, you saw it last night.

    Titans are a tough physical football team who are well coached. Not sure they can beat the Chiefs with their QB though.

  20. Actually, lots of people who weren’t falling for the narrative around Jackson, and how invincible this Ravens team was, called it. Mark Ingram being hurt was a key for me. Taking his 5 yards per carry out of the game makes it a lot simpler to key in on Jackson. Lots of people called for the formula – get an early lead, force Jackson to throw and feed them lots of Henry.

    Now, did a lot of people see a 16 point victory? No. But some people did think the Ravens were hyped too much and the Titans too lightly regarded. You just had to remove your Lamar Jackson blinders to see it.

  21. I knew the Titans would win that game, just the way they are playing now; great running game, great defensive play, and great coaching with preparation and adjustments. I think the Texans let the wrong guy go when Vrabel got hired, O’Brien should’ve been shown the door. Whoever wins today, be it the Chiefs(who I think will win)or the Texans, WILL NOT BEAT THE TITANS. Titans are right now one of the 2 best teams in Football along with the 49ers.

  22. Note to NFL – this is what happens when you invest into a fake QB – you make yourself a one trick pony – and on the best day, all you get is yardage – you don’t get points. And when your one trick falls apart, he donates the ball.

    I am so glad this Lame is exposed for being the fraud I always found him to be. He has no leadership abilities and he withdrew into himself. His childish outbursts speak volumes about his lack of being a real QB. I am so glad he came crashing down.

    And now Kirk Cousins has won a playoff game and the NFL’s great fake has never won in the NFL playoffs.

  23. Sitting the players in the last game probably was a mistake. Same thing happened to Denver back in the Elway era. They took the starters out in the last game because of their dominating year, and then got beat by the Jaguars in the divisional round.

  24. At some point in an NFL QB’s career he has to actually look and play like an NFL QB that means staying in the pocket and throwing the ball accurately downfield. When you “wing it” on every play sooner or later it catches up to you. Vrabel’s game plan was perfect he forced Lamar to stay in the pocket and try to beat you with accurate throws down the field which clearly is not Lamar’s strong point. It will be interesting next year to see if other NFL teams learned anything on how to plan against Lamar.

  25. Point spreads are just a gauge of bettors’ opinions

    The same people whose sage judgement have funded a monument to stupidity in the Nevada desert

    What exactly does that have to do with football on the field?

  26. wow, what a choke job by the ravens. That must go up as one of the all times chokes. But at least the ravens won several regular season games in a row. That must count for something.

  27. The Ravens got outplayed and outcoached. They foolishly allowed the Titans to dictate the type of offense they were running. You don’t change your entire offensive philosophy in the first three quarters of a game no matter what the score is. Coaches fall victim to this sort of thing all the time and it almost never ends well for them. Credit Vrabel and his staff, as well as the players for executing the game plan and influencing the Ravens to try things they’re obviously not good at on offense.

  28. A strange game, because from the get-go, it seemed like the Titans wanted it more.
    What killed the Ravens were the receivers dropping balls and running some half assed routes. It seemed the receivers were always in each others area, and Jackson is lucky there werent more interceptions.
    The Ravens offensive line actually played well, but the Titans kept hustling, especially on the 4th down stops.
    Like I said before the game, winning streaks are hard to sustain and the Ravens had a letdown at the worst time.

  29. I knew the Titans would win.
    Now, to be sure, I didn’t know the exact score.
    So don’t go saying I am more magnificent than I really am, which is truly awesome.
    Yes, it’s true I am way awesome.
    Sniff.

  30. How come nobody is talking about how much of a dog they were at Patriots also????
    They went into Gillette or Foxboro or whatever they call it now and put a beatdown on them also
    Don’t sleep on them. Going to be interesting to see the line in their next game.

  31. Terrible game plan by the Ravens coaches. They panicked once they fell behind and abandoned the run way too early! Lamar Jackson had 59 pass attempts!

  32. “If you were completely shocked the Titans won you haven’t been watching football. Maybe they only would have won 3 or 4 of 10 times but this isn’t the Namath Jets.”

    The Jets were the best team in football the year they won. The Raiders and Chiefs were 2nd and 3rd. The Colts were 4th.

  33. This is why all the MVP talk and all the gaudy numbers put up don’t mean a thing when it comes to the second season. I am glad for Tannehill. I always stuck up for him saying that if he went to a team with REAL coaching and some talent, he could do enough to win. I kept telling “TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders” that Tannehill got blamed for everything in Miami (And he loved blaming him). I posted back in September that Tannehill would have the starting job by week 8 and Titans would make the playoffs. He was a decent QB and just as my Dolphins have done the past 25 years, they don’t know talent when they see, or see it when it isn’t there, which is why they are the JOKE of the AFC and won;t have a winning record til Ross sells the team.

  34. Maybe the Ravens should have played their 2nd and 3rd string players, you know the ones that best a depleted Steelers team.

  35. Just read where the Ravens had hidden a football in the Miami locker room when they played in the regular season and that they were coming back for it when they made the Super Bowl. Then LJ says he isn’t watching the Super Bowl because he was supposed to be there. Way too much hype and believing the press for this team. It’s great seeing arrogant teams get taken out of the playoffs.

  36. The reason is simple. For years and even now, the “consensus” sports pundits refuse to see that Ryan Tannehill is a damned good QB. Now all of a sudden, Dolphins fans want him back. Even the Tanne-haters do! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. You mess with my Aggie Home Boy, you get what you deserve–a journeyman in Fitz-whatever and a total bust, Rosen. And next, Tua….Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  37. fishfan77 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    This is why all the MVP talk and all the gaudy numbers put up don’t mean a thing when it comes to the second season. I am glad for Tannehill. I always stuck up for him saying that if he went to a team with REAL coaching and some talent, he could do enough to win. I kept telling “TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders” that Tannehill got blamed for everything in Miami (And he loved blaming him). I posted back in September that Tannehill would have the starting job by week 8 and Titans would make the playoffs. He was a decent QB and just as my Dolphins have done the past 25 years, they don’t know talent when they see, or see it when it isn’t there, which is why they are the JOKE of the AFC and won;t have a winning record til Ross sells the team.
    ——
    I KNEW that Tannehill would have a good year with Titans! And I Know Dolphins will have regretted trading him. He is the one who made me a Fins fan, until this past year. I’m an Aggie Mom and will always support my Aggie Home Boy. And he finally has a team that support him. Gig ’em, the Chiefs, RT17!

  38. Which rule(s) will Hairball try to change this offseason? You know he hasn’t red the NFL rule book yet and and there should be special rules for the Ravens.

  39. Titans are good but it’s getting close to midnight, Cinderella. KCs offense is going to run roughshod over Tenn. D Henry is good but Tannehill won’t be able to only pass 14 times. Mahomes made the Houston D look like middle schoolers

  40. grant35 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    Titans are good but it’s getting close to midnight, Cinderella. KCs offense is going to run roughshod over Tenn. D Henry is good but Tannehill won’t be able to only pass 14 times. Mahomes made the Houston D look like middle schoolers
    ——
    6 seeds that make it this far have staying power. Chiefs better bring their A game or they too will have their season end at home.

  41. The Ravens looked so soft, so entitled it was amazing. The instant they fell behind the entire team’s body language changed, shoulders sagged, they whined about every call / non-call and generally acted like they couldn’t believe what was happening.

    All credit to the Titans for a great game plan, and actually executing that plan.

  42. carloswlassiter says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm
    The Ravens looked so soft, so entitled it was amazing. The instant they fell behind the entire team’s body language changed, shoulders sagged, they whined about every call / non-call and generally acted like they couldn’t believe what was happening

    Yup!

    It’s like they had no idea what to do when they were losing. As arrogant as it gets!

  43. The hate for Lamar is unreal. Seriously people, some of you need help. Anyway, congrats to Tenn. The Ravens met you at the wrong time and ran into a buzzsaw. This game was simple in my eyes. The Ravens hadn’t played a meaningful game in over a month, meanwhile the Titans had been in playoff mode since what, week 12? The Ravens rested a young offense that has little to no playoff experience outside of Ingram. Tenn forced them to have to move slowly down the field and banked on a young, rusty offense to make mistakes through the process. Typical Dean Pees and what he did here in Baltimore. They got ahead early and Greg Roman panicked when there was no need. Many feel he was auditioning for head coaching jobs trying to show that he could dial up a passing game. This will only make Lamar better, Peyton Manning was one and done his first 3 playoff appearances with a 48 comp%. What everyone fails to realize about Lamar is that he’s an ultimate competitor who loves the game and is obsessed with proving all the doubters wrong, so please keep the hate and name calling going. It only motivated Lamar to have the season he had this year. He’ll work all offseason like a mad man to improve his outside passing game. I already see the same comments as last year, “Tenn gave the blueprint to stop Lamar”. Okay, we will see just like last season. I have no doubt that Lamar will be the first running QB to win a Super Bowl. He reminds me of a young Michael Jordan when everyone said you can’t lead the league in scoring as a guard and win the Championship. It had never been done. MJ was obsessed with proving them wrong. Well, 6 Titles later and the rest is history. Good luck Tenn the rest of the way. the bottom line is, only one team’s fanbase will have bragging rights when this season ends. There’s no such thing as participation trophies in the NFL. It doesn’t matter how far you made it in the playoffs if you don’t win it. I’d stay humble if I’m a fan of the Titans, Chiefs, or 49ers.

  44. They’ve had a great season, with two playoff wins against “really good” teams.

    Exciting team with a lot of quality players. That Derick Henry is just unreal, and the Ryan Tannehill redemption tour (escape from Adam Gase) is a great story.
    And Coach Vrabel has that team running on all eight cylinders.

    I would be very happy to watch them beat the Chiefs and go to the SB

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