NASHVILLE – The Titans lost in excruciating fashion at Nissan Stadium on Saturday.
The Bengals won it 19-16 on a 52-yard field goal by Bengals kicker Evan McPherson at the horn.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was picked off three times, including an interception in the final seconds that set up the game-winning kick.
The Titans defense recorded nine sacks in the contest, a franchise record in the postseason. It also tied an NFL postseason record.
But it wasn’t enough, as the AFC’s No.1-seeded team went down.
The Titans trailed 16-6 in the third quarter before rallying.
Late in the third quarter, Titans kicker Randy Bullock made a 34-yard field goal to cut the lead to 16-9.
Then came a big play, as Titans safety Amani Hooker intercepted a pass from Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow at the Cincinnati 27-yard line with 1:19 left in the third quarter.
Two plays later, Tannehill connected with receiver A.J. Brown for a 33-yard touchdown catch to make it 16-16 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.
Things didn’t start out well for the Titans, as Tannehill was intercepted on the team’s first offensive play of the game.
The turnover led to an early field goal by the Bengals, who jumped ahead 3-0.
After another stalled drive from the Titans, McPherson made it 6-0 with 2:11 left in the first quarter on another field goal.
The Titans tied the game at 6-6 on a three-yard…