The Titans plan on fighting to the finish and showed that Sunday against the Cardinals.
Tennessee rallied with 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation but lost 37-34 in overtime to Arizona. It was a “deflating” loss that eliminated the Titans (5-9) from playoff contention with two games remaining.
“Tough pill to swallow, to be going home in December,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “The only thing we’re promised is two more games and that’s it.”
Tennessee will try to avenge earlier losses to Jacksonville (29-27) with a road trip this week and at Houston (30-24 in overtime) by hosting the Texans in the season finale. Offensive and defensive players vowed to keep pushing.
“You have to show up and play your hardest and give everything you’ve got. We don’t know how long we’re going to be able to play this game,” cornerback Jason McCourty said. “You don’t know when you’re next play is going to be your last play so every time we take the field we have the obligation to one another to make sure we’re going 100 percent.”
As in any NFL offseason, the Titans expect some changes to occur, so the final games will be included with the rest of the season as evaluation tools.
“Nobody gave up, and that’s a positive thing for this team,” safety Michael Griffin said. “We’ve got to continue to keep fighting and win these next two games. We’re playing division opponents and we’ve got to try to win these next two.”
It was the fifth straight game in which the Titans had been within a possession of an opponent at the start of the fourth quarter, but the fourth that’s ended with a loss. Six of Tennessee’s losses have been by eight points or less and the past three home losses have been decided by three or less points.
Griffin said players and fans are frustrated with being so close but will keep showing resiliency down the stretch and try to clear the various hurdles that have tripped the team.
“It shows the fans that we’re still fighting. Nobody gave up, even when we were down 17 points with six minutes left,” Griffin said. “We still continued to fight and play hard, but at the end of the day, it still hurts to lose. It’s another loss. We can’t get over that hump. It’s frustrating because we’ve got the talent, we’ve got the players, we’re right there. We just can’t get over that hump.”
Delanie Walker, who like Pollard, joined the Titans during free agency after appearing in Super Bowl XLVII said it is “very disappointing” to miss the playoffs.
“I hate sitting at home watching it on TV, knowing what type of team I had and what type of guys I played with, that we were capable of being there,” Walker said. “Every game, we go down to the last, to the fourth quarter and we don’t punch it in. That’s one thing we’ve got to fix. We’ve got to be better finishers. We’ve got to finish games. I feel like we hang with the best of them and at the end you’ve just got to finish. Until we do that, this is what you’re going to see, us sitting at home while other teams are in the playoffs.”
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