The Tennessee Titans’ playoff hopes took a jarring hit with Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers, a game where the Titans held a 14-point lead with less than eight minutes to play.
LaDainian Tomlinson’s 16-yard run sealed it with 7:29 to play in overtime, improving the Chargers to 8-5 overall and dropping the Titans to 7-6.
Ironically, with 7:29 to play in regulation, the Titans held a 17-3 lead.
The Titans scored two second-half touchdowns, both 7-yard runs put Tennessee in position to seemingly have matter in hand.
Chris Brown’s 7-yard touchdown run with 5:17 to play in the third quarter gave the Titans the lead after the Chargers had tied the game on Kaeding’s 20-yard field goal.
The Titans added another touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter when LenDale White bolted up the middle for a 7-yard score and a 17-3 lead.
That’s when the Chargers answered back with a 48-yard drive of their own, with Philip Rivers hitting Tomlinson on a screen pass from 7-yards out for the score.
San Diego got the ball back at its own 20 with 2:24 to play with one final chance to tie the game. The Chargers converted a fourth-down pass to Chris Chambers that withstood replay and kept the drive alive at their own 44 with 1:36 to play.
San Diego continued to march, and reached the Titans 2-yard line on a 9-yard swing pass to Tomlinson with 22 seconds to play. Rivers hit Antonio Gates on the left side of the end zone with nine seconds to play for the tying touchdown that sent the game into overtime.