Twisters Win on Bonehead Play
Late Call Costs Brats
Nashville, TN - An intriguing matchup that had playoff consequences written all over it, came down to the last few minutes, unfortunately the Brats are no longer in control of their playoff lives. Berlin wasted an all-pro performance by LaDanian Tomlinson, and mistake free passing by Drew Brees, coming up just short, 24-21.
It seemed as if both defenses took vacations in the first half, as 38 points were thrown up on the board - and at times, it seemed rather easy. After the Titans drove the ball down field for a quick 3 points, LaDanian Tomlinson rumbled 53 yards to make it 7-3 for the Brats. Not to be out-done, Eddie George rumbled 73 yards to put the Titans on top again. The Titans scored another td, thanks to the arm of Steve McNair, but the Brats answered again with another Tomlinson TD. The Titans made it 24-14 right before the half.
The second half was a different story, as both defenses tightened up. Punts were traded through-out the third quarter, as the game of field position ruled. The only turnover of the game occurred at the end of the third, as McNair threw a hail-mary that was returned to the 40-yard-line.
The Brats closed the gap early in the fourth quarter, thanks to Tomlinson's 3rd touchdown rush of the game. Then, the defining moment of this team's season occurred, unfortunately. The Brats drove deep into Titans' territory late in the game, Berlin was in a 4th and inches quandry. Berlin could force a tie, or possibly go for the win. Coach Grieb rolled the dice, put in a jumbo backfield, and came up short, as the Titans hung on for the thrilling win.
Coach Grieb Press Conference:
First of all, no injuries. I'm sure this will come up the rest of the season, but we really thought we could make the few inches needed on fourth down late in the game. We were in a position to win and we decided we should go for it. We were running the ball well the entire game, and we thought a few inches would be easy to get. Obviously, we were wrong. We've lost 5 games by 7 points or less. The great teams find a way to win those games. Right now, we aren't great.
Question 1: If you had it to do all over again, would you kick a field goal? Coach Grieb - I would've kept LT in the game. He would've gotten the yards needed. Frustrating!
Question 2: Why did you take LT out? Coach Grieb - I thought by putting our big guys in, they could easily get the yard. I was wrong, obviously.
Question 3: What now? Coach Grieb - well, we don't control our destiny anymore. We need to go out and play like it is our lives at stake.
Question 4: You have arguably the toughest team in the league next week in the Panzies. What is your game plan. Coach Grieb - to steal a phrase from an owner in the NFL, "Just Win, Baby."