Shocked, stunned, disbelief.
Those were the types of words thrown around by Tennessee Titans players and Coach Mike Vrabel after Saturday’s upset loss in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, 19-16 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s brutal. No one in the locker room thought we would be where we are at right now. There was a lot of confidence going into this game, a lot of confidence even throughout the game. Things weren’t going our way, but we were fighting and battling, finding way to make plays and wanted to put ourselves in position win it in the fourth and we had an opportunity to, but we didn’t make those plays,” said quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw three interceptions in the game. Both his first pass of the day and his last one wound up in the arms of Bengal defenders, helping to hasten the Titans’ playoff demise.
While Tannehill, who completed 15 of 24 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown, accepted responsibility for the loss, the Titans simply could not get over the hump, despite everything being set up for them to succeed with the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
“It’s going to hurt for a long time. It is going to be on my mind for a long time. It is going to take a long time to get over. You don’t look forward to this situation. You don’t look forward to being out when…