If you're a fan of smash-mouth, one-yard-at-a-time football, you would have hated Sunday's game between the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions.
It was wild. It was crazy. It was basically a video game played live -- and it was great from an entertainment standpoint.
The Titans trick- and big-played their way to a 44-41 overtime win over the Lions, racking up 60- and 70-yard mind-boggling feats of offense en route to their first victory of the season.
Darius Reynaud's 105-yard kick return for a touchdown was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of explosiveness. Reynaud, a former West Virginia star, hooked up with Tommie Campbell for a 65-yard punt-return-turned-touchdown-pass play that put the Titans up 10-6 in the first quarter.
Titans tight end Jared Cook, the favorite target of quarterback Jake Locker, hauled in a 61-yard pass that gave the Titans a 16-6 lead prior to Rob Bironas' extra-point attempt.
But wait, there were more make-you-say-what?! antics.
Nate Washington made the Lions secondary look like amateurs with a 71-yard touchdown grab. Lions corner Jacob Lacey was sandwiched between the ball and Washington -- but Washington reached over Lacey, caught the ball and burned rubber for a score that gave Tennessee a 33-27 lead (Bironas PAT).
It was hard to watch for Lions fans, but absolutely incredible for Titans fans, who watched their team combine for 23 points in the first two sessions of the season. Cornerback Alterraun Verner was credited with a 72-yard fumble return, but let's face it, he fleeced Brandon Pettigrew and scampered to the endzone with a huge smile on his face.
In overtime, the Lions opted to test the waters on 4th-and-inches. Quarterback Shaun Hill fumbled the ball, the Lions didn't convert and the Titans won.
Update: Center Dominic Raiola takes blame for botched snap
But don't forget about Hill's 46-yard bomb to Titus Young, either. That pass sent the game into overtime just after spectators ruled out the Lions, who charged back from a 41-27 deficit to force the extra frame.
If you like classic, hard-nosed football, Sunday's game wasn't for you. But if you can't live without the barnburners, then Sundays game definitely whet your appetite.
Other related news...
Matthew Stafford left the game with a calf strain, according to a sideline report. Who knows what could have happened had he stayed in for overtime.
If you had Calvin Johnson on your fantasy team, you were a happy camper Sunday -- even if you were upset about the Lions' loss. Megatron had 10 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. If you're in a league that rewards 10-catch games, you definitely came out a winner (most likely).
If you had Titans running back Chris Johnson on your team -- and you actuallly started him -- you were upset. However, he did slightly exceed his previous season total with 24 yards Sunday. He entered this week with a laughable 21 yards to his credit.
Jason Hanson is still a stud. That is all.
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