Final

Titans 23

(5-6, 3-2 away)

Raiders 19

(4-7, 3-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 24, 2013

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 3 3 7 1023
OAK 3 6 3 719

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (TEN) - 320 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 20 CAR, 73 YDS

Receiving: J. Hunter (TEN) - 6 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Ryan Fitzpatrick's late TD puts Titans back in playoff hunt

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- With one drive to determine whether Tennessee or Oakland would move right into the thick of the AFC playoff race, Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped up for the Titans.

Fitzpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds remaining to cap a mistake-free performance that led Tennessee to a 23-19 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

"That would have been a big, big loss for us in terms of what the rest of the season was going to look like," Fitzpatrick said. "We knew this was a 'gotta-have-it' drive at the end of the game and the guys really stepped up."

Fitzpatrick also threw a 54-yard TD pass to Justin Hunter and Rob Bironas added three field goals to give Tennessee (5-6) its second win in seven games. But despite the recent slump, the Titans find themselves in a six-way tie for the final playoff spot in the AFC.

"We knew going into this one, in our world it was a playoff game," coach Mike Munchak said. "We couldn't fall to 4-7, we knew that. I'm sure they felt the same way, so that was a huge drive."

The Raiders (4-7) missed a chance to get into that group as the defense failed to hold onto a late lead and Sebastian Janikowski missed two field goals.

After Bironas put Tennessee up 16-12 with his third field goal, Matt McGloin led the Raiders on a 75-yard scoring drive. He completed all four attempts and accounted for all but 1 yard on the drive, capping it with a 27-yard pass to Marcel Reece with 6:10 to play.

Fitzpatrick calmly moved Tennessee downfield, completing eight of 10 passes. Then facing third-and-goal from the 10, Fitzpatrick found Wright, who beat Tracy Porter on an out pattern from the slot and fell into the end zone for the winning score.

"Ryan made a great throw," Wright said. "All I had to do was look it in and get in the end zone. Before the start of that drive we said we weren't going to let Rob Bironas come out here and kick a field goal to tie it up. We wanted to go down there and score seven. We'd been in this predicament a lot this season where we had the ball and we couldn't finish. We finally put it together and finished today."

The play flittingly came on third down, when Fitzpatrick was at his best on his 31st birthday. He converted 10 of 18 third downs in the game, often in long-yardage situations in his best game yet in place of the injured Jake Locker. He completed 30 of 42 passes for 320 yards -none bigger than the throw to Wright.

Hunter and Wright were his favorite targets, gaining 109 and 103 yards, respectively.

"They just out-executed us, plain and simple," Porter said. "Whether it was game plan, guys out of position on certain things, coverages, landmarks, we're supposed to get on the quarterback. We were just out-executed."

Fitzpatrick and the Titans capitalized on a blown assignment for the first touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the third quarter. Hunter was left wide open and caught a pass 17 yards downfield before juking Phillip Adams and Brandian Ross and racing to the end zone for the score that put Tennessee up 13-9.

The Raiders answered with a good drive before stalling at the 30. Janikowski missed his second field goal as his season-long struggles continue as he adjusts to new holder Marquette King after the departure of longtime mate Shane Lechler in the offseason.

McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, put the Raiders in position for a second straight win after his three-touchdown, no-interception performance last week in Houston. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 260 yards to earn a third start Thursday in Dallas, but also threw an interception that set up Tennessee's second field goal.

"Up and down day," McGloin said. "You're going to have days like that. I thought we missed on a couple of opportunities offensively, but we'll go back to the drawing board."

It was an ugly first half that featured five field goals, a blocked punt, a missed chip shot, a number of dropped passes, a poorly thrown interception and 12 penalties for 135 yards.

The Raiders led 9-6 at the break, but could have had an even bigger advantage after Jeremy Stewart blocked Brett Kern's punt with 11 seconds left. McGloin threw a 23-yard pass to Rod Streater on the next play, but Janikowski pushed a 32-yard field goal wide left. That was his second miss from inside 40 yards this season after making 85 of 86 the previous five seasons.

"We're not making them, not consistently enough," Allen said. "We have to continue to work to get better there."

Game notes


The Titans had two 100-yard receivers and a 300-yard passer in the same game for the first time since Dec. 19, 2004, in a loss to Oakland. ... Raiders TE Mychal Rivera left in the first half with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans S Michael Griffin. Oakland CB Mike Jenkins (concussion) and LB Kevin Burnett (bruised quad) and Tennessee TE Craig Stevens (concussion) also left with injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
OAK
1st Downs2219
Passing 1st downs
1614
Rushing 1st downs
44
1st downs from Penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
10-183-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7355
Total Yards426353
Yards per play5.86.4
Total Drives1011
Passing312260
Comp - Att
30-4219-32
Yards per pass
7.48.1
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-80-0
Rushing11493
Rushing Attempts
2923
Yards per rush
3.94.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-40-2
Penalties10-1004-50
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:4824:12

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpat...30/423207.6202-8
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McGloin19/322608.1110-0

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson20733.7012
Fitzpat...5265.2010
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings16734.6015
Reece5142.805

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Hunter610918.21546
Wright610317.21317
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Streater59318.60239
Jennings44912.30215

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENOAK
oakFG10:55Sebastian Janikowski 52 Yd 03
tenFG03:38Rob Bironas 33 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERTENOAK
tenFG11:55Rob Bironas 22 Yd 63
oakFG06:25Sebastian Janikowski 48 Yd 66
oakFG00:48Sebastian Janikowski 24 Yd 69
THIRD QUARTERTENOAK
tenTD12:52Justin Hunter 54 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 139
oakFG01:41Sebastian Janikowski 42 Yd 1312
FOURTH QUARTERTENOAK
tenFG08:52Rob Bironas 23 Yd 1612
oakTD06:10Marcel Reece 27 Yd Pass From Matt McGloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 1619
tenTD00:10Kendall Wright 10 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rob Bironas Kick) 2319

Research Notes

Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter set career highs in receiving yards Sunday, both topping the 100-yard mark. Hunter stretched the field, catching five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown on throws traveling more than 10 yards downfield. Wright catching all four targets shorter than 10 yards downfield, including the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left.
The Raiders might have a quarterback controversy brewing. Matt McGloin tossed 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in Houston Sunday. Terrelle Pryor has thrown only 1 touchdown and 8 interceptions in his last 4 games.
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