INDIANAPOLIS – The headline on the sports front of The Tennessean Monday morning read "SEASON SAVER" to describe the Titans thrilling win in Oakland on Sunday.
A touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining on Sunday gave the Titans a 23-19 road victory and brought them to within two games of the AFC South with five weeks remaining.
The win moved the Titans into the current sixth seed in the AFC Playoff Picture and sets up a major AFC South matchup with the Colts this weekend.
The uniqueness of Sunday's game comes with the Colts and Titans meeting after playing just one game since their Nov. 14 contest.
In that game in Nashville, the Colts erased a 14-point first-half deficit in coming back for a 30-27 win against the Titans.
Looking back at the Titans win this past weekend shows them making the necessary plays in the second half to get a much-needed victory.
The Raiders took a 9-6 halftime lead with the teams combining for five first-half field goals.
Tennessee scored the first touchdown of the afternoon on the opening drive of the second half when rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter caught a 54-yard touchdown from starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Hunter made a pair of Raiders defenders miss before running free for over 30 yards for the touchdown.
The teams traded field goals on the next two scores before a Raiders touchdown gave Oakland a 19-16 lead with 6:10 remaining.
Fitzpatrick would then orchestrate a 14-play, 80-yard drive with Hunter converting a pair of third-downs to set up a third-and-goal from the 10-yard line with 15 seconds left.
Leading receiver Kendall Wright hauled in the 10-yard game-winning touchdown.
Both Hunter (109) and Wright (103) went over 100 receiving yards on Sunday as Fitzpatrick was 30-of-42 for 320 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans were 10-of-18 on third-down while controlling the ball for over 11 minutes more than the Raiders.
*2013 Record: *5-6, second in the AFC South.
*Head Coach: *Mike Munchak, 3rd season as Titans head coach (20-23 in the regular season).
*2013 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 17th (333.8); Rushing, 16th (112.5); Passing, 21st (221.4) Defense – Overall, 11th (332.3); Rushing, 18th (114.9); Passing, 7th (217.4).
2013 Leading Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick (115-of-181 comp., 1,332 yards, 63.5 pct., 7 TDs, 4 INTs).
*2013 Leading Rusher: *Chris Johnson (187 carries, 705 yards, 4 TDs).
*2013 Leading Receiver: *Kendall Wright (65 receptions, 763 yards, 2 TDs).
2013 Leading Sacker: Jurrell Casey (7.0).
2013 Turnover Breakdown: Plus 5 (10th in the NFL).
2013 NFL Draft Results: As a former offensive lineman, Mike Munchak was thrilled to select Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack with the 10th overall pick in April's draft. Then in the second round the Titans chose wide receiver Justin Hunter who has continued to see his reps increase. Fourth-round pick Brian Schwenke has started four of the last five games at the center position.
*2012 Review: *The Titans 2012 campaign spiraled downhill when the Colts came to town on Oct. 28. With a 3-4 record, the Titans lost in overtime and would go on to lose five of their next six games and finish with a 6-10 record. It was clear after the season though that the Titans had found their franchise quarterback in Jake Locker.
Last time in Playoffs: 2008 season. Lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 13-10, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
*Last time in Super Bowl: *1999 season. Lost to the St. Louis Rams, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV.
*Super Bowl Championships: *None.
2013 Pro Bowl Selections: None.