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Young rallies Titans from 21-point deficit to stun Giants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Adam "Pacman" Jones jumped up and
down, waving his arms, encouraging the fans who stuck around to
stand and cheer their Tennessee Titans.

After three straight losses, the latest being a 21-point fourth-quarter collapse in Tennessee, the Giants have seen their two-game NFC East lead morph into a one-game deficit. And while apologists can point to four defensive starters missing time due to injury, New York failed to score a point in the second half on Sunday when any scoreboard add-on could have put the proverbial nail in the Titans' coffin. But offensive inconsistency has become the norm during Eli Manning's tenure. Below are the quarterbacks, entering Week 12, with the lowest passer ratings since 2004 (minimum: 1,000 attempts). The numbers may surprise you, but they certainly don't lie.

Player
Rating

Eli Manning

72.7

Joey Harrington

73.4

Kerry Collins

73.5

Aaron Brooks

75.2

Drew Bledsoe

78.7

* Manning's numbers in Sunday's loss:
18-for-28, 143 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

He and Vince Young made it worth their while, too, delivering
the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history with a
stunning rally.

The Titans cornerback intercepted two passes and had a 23-yard
punt return that revived his teammates in the fourth quarter. Then
rookie quarterback Young finished off an improbable charge from a
21-point deficit to a 24-21 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

"Wow," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said when it finally ended.

Young ran for a touchdown and threw for two more in the final
9:35 and finished with a career-high 249 yards passing. Rob Bironas
kicked a 49-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to win it.

The final minutes felt like a flashback to the national
championship game last January when Young led his Texas Longhorns
past Southern California. It's the biggest fourth-quarter comeback
by a rookie quarterback ever, topping John Elway's 19-point rally
with Denver on Dec. 11, 1983 against Indianapolis for a 21-19
victory, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

"The legend of Vince Young began a long time ago," said Titans
receiver Brandon Jones, who caught the TD pass that tied the game.

Young agreed.

"It's a sneak peek of what's to happen not just me, but this
team in general," Young said of a club that has won four of its
last six in matching last year's victory total with five games
left.

The Giants (6-5) lost their third straight in a titanic
collapse, and coach Tom Coughlin called it a "terrible shock".
They fell a game behind the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) in the NFC East
going into next week's game in the Meadowlands.

"I don't have the words to talk about it right now, and I
probably won't when I see it. We're going to be sick about this one
forever," Coughlin said.

The comeback topped the Titans' previous best fourth-quarter
rally from 15 points on Nov. 1, 1987, against Cincinnati. It was
the biggest in the NFL since Indianapolis came back from 21 down in
the fourth period at Tampa Bay on Oct. 6, 2003, and won 38-25.

New York led 21-0 with in the second quarter. But the Giants
didn't score again, and Jones got the Titans (4-7) into the game
when he intercepted Eli Manning's pass with 12:55 left.

Young tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Bo Scaife nine plays later.
Earlier in the drive, Giants cornerback Frank Walker drew a
personal foul for a high hit on Young as the quarterback ran out of
bounds short of a first down on fourth-and-9 in Giants territory.

"Was it a forearm to the head, or was it helmet to helmet?"
Coughlin asked. "What was it? That was stupid. It was a bad
play."

The Titans forced the Giants to punt, and Jones almost dared New
York to kick toward him. Jeff Feagles did, and Jones returned it 23
yards.

Jones, who has not talked to reporters since Oct. 4, did not
speak after the game. His teammates couldn't stop talking about
him.

"To me, this guy is like an arcade game," Young said. "You
see him on the punt return. When a guy is getting tackled, he spins
out and makes a play ... You can't coach that."

Young himself scored on a 1-yard run, throwing the ball into the
stands.

Tennessee forced New York to punt once more, this time out of
bounds and away from Jones.

Young then drove the Titans 76 yards in eight plays. The big
play came on fourth-and-10, when Giants rookie Mathias Kiwanuka had
Young wrapped up for a sack, but let him go, only to see him
scramble upfield 19 yards for a first down.

"Thank God for letting me loose," Young said.

Manning, whose shaky play in the past two losses had people
questioning his confidence, had his chance to stop Tennessee's
comeback. But Jones jumped up and grabbed a pass intended for David
Tyree at midfield.

"A bad decision on my part," Manning said of throwing the ball
instead of playing it safe.

With 23 seconds left, Young looked like a seasoned veteran as he
completed two short passes and set up Bironas for the winning field
goal. Bironas already had missed a 48-yarder wide right, and this
time he had to kick off a bad snap.

But the ball went through.

The Giants had 3 seconds to try and lateral a short kickoff
around the field before James Butler was tackled.

Young also ran 10 times for a team-high 69 yards, and the Titans
outgained New York 343-287 even though the Giants held the ball for
more than 33 minutes.

This loss will only increase the pressure on the defending NFC
East champs. Manning was 18-of-28 for 143 yards. Tiki Barber, who
had called for more touches after getting only 10 carries in last
Monday night's loss at Jacksonville, had 25 carries for 82 yards.
He now has topped 1,000 yards in five straight seasons and six of
the last seven.

The Giants seemingly had this game won after forcing two fumbles
and turning them into 14 points. Manning threw for a TD, and
Brandon Jacobs ran for two himself.

But then came the fourth-quarter collapse.

Game notes
The Titans had been 1-21 when trailing after three quarters
through the past three seasons. ... The Titans have won four
straight in this series, and they are 3-1 against the NFC East this
season. ... Giants TE Jeremy Shockey dislocated a ring finger in
pregame warmups. He played and had five catches for 39 yards.