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Most people probably didn’t expect much from Sunday’s NFL match-up between the Detroit Lions and the Tennessee Titans. After all, the Titans were entering the game having lost each of their first two games by a combined 49 points, while the Lions weren’t exactly turning heads with their 1-1 record. But by the time these two teams had finished playing 60 minutes of regulation football, and another 8:25 in overtime, they had garnered the attention of more than just a few football fans.
It all started in the first quarter, when the Titans reenacted the “Music City Miracle” from their AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills during the 1999 season. The only difference was this time it took place during a punt return, and it was Tommie Campbell taking it to the house, rather than Kevin Dyson.
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Then reality seemed to set in for the following two quarters, as the Titans took a 20-16 lead into the fourth quarter. And suddenly, all hell broke loose.
The quarter began with a field goal, a touchdown and a two-point conversion for the Lions, putting them up by a score of 27-20. But the Titans answered with three touchdowns of their own that each went for at least 71-yards. The first was a 105-yard kickoff return and the third was a 72-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. As for the second, it came via a miraculous over-the-back catch that wide receiver Nate Washington turned into a 71-yard touchdown reception.
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With just 1:16 remaining on the clock, the Titans holding a 41-27 lead and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford out with an injury, most thought this game was over…
After Shaun Hill connected with Calvin Johnson for a three-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left, the Lions recovered the onside kick and set themselves up for one last chance. And that’s when this happened:
Amazing, isn’t it? Following Titus Young’s Hail Mary touchdown reception on the final play of regulation, it almost seemed as though there was no way the Lions would lose this game in overtime. But they did, thanks to one of the weekend’s biggest bone-head calls, as head coach Jim Schwartz decided to go for it on 4th & 1 at the Titans’ 7-yard line with his team trailing by three, rather than kicking the field goal and continuing overtime.
That decision would be a costly one, as Hill was stopped for a loss on the quarterback sneak, and the Titans earned the 44-41 victory in what may very well be the wildest game of the 2012 NFL season, and perhaps even one of the craziest games ever.