Six Things That Stood Out for the Titans in Saturday’s Gut-Punch Loss to the Bengals

NASHVILLE – The Titans lost to the Bengals 19-16 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Saturday at Nissan Stadium.

Here’s a look at six things that stood out from the contest:

Gut-Punch Defeat

I covered the playoff losses in 2000 and 2008, when the Titans entered the postseason as the No.1 seed only to see those seasons, and dreams, come up short because of mistakes, and missed opportunities. Saturday’s loss to the Bengals had a similar feel, and outcome. Three interceptions thrown by quarterback Ryan Tannehill doomed the Titans, but on this day, he wasn’t the Lone Ranger when it came to costly mistakes. Yes, Tannehill’s mistakes proved the most costly, but these Titans had other opportunities and failed, from dropped passes to a failed 4th and 1 run to a 1-of-8 performance on 3rd down to untimely lapses in coverage on defense. And that’s why we’re talking about another season that ended way too soon.

Hellish Pass Rush

What the Titans did here – sacking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow nine times – was incredible really. And it’s hard to believe the Titans couldn’t use the performance to get a win. The nine sacks was a postseason record for the Titans, and it also tied an NFL postseason record. Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons had three sacks, while Harold Landry and Denico Autry added 1.5 each. David Long and Bud Dupree also added sacks, and Naquan Jones and Kyle…

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