Titans Gear Up For Another Showdown With Baltimore


The Tennessee Titans are division champs again for the first time in 12 years.
Now they have to saddle up against a familiar foe in the playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens.

It wasn’t easy, but the Titans clinched the division title by banking home a game winning field to beat Houston 41-38. Then again, winning close games has been the Titans MO this season. They’re 4-1 in games decided by 3 points or less.
Said head coach Mike Vrabel:”I think we try not to panic. We try not to panic. I think we work on executing situations in practice. Credit to the players for having faith and be able to finish close games, which seem to be in the National Football League.”
Now Tennessee hosts Baltimore to open the playoffs.
It’ll be the third meeting in a calendar year against the Ravens.
Said Vrabel:”You know it’s always hard to play to prepare for a good football team. Just have to dial in stuff that we need to improve on from the last couple of games.”
Of course Tennessee upset the Ravens last January in the divisional playoff round, so maybe the Ravens are looking for payback?
Said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh:”Yeah I think we’re just focused on the game. Really previous games have little bearing. Well we are playing our best football of the year for sure. Whether we are peaking or not remains to be seen. So we’ll see.”
The Titans will be at home, but will it be home field advantage since the crowd won’t be a factor?
Said Vrabel:”I think it’s an idea that you earned it. You earned the right to play games at home. That you don’t have to travel. You don’t have to come in and get going on a Saturday at one o’clock to get out to the airport. That you can be here and prepare.”

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The Titans and Ravens kick at 1pm Sunday from Nissan Stadium.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.