The never-say-die Tennessee Titans took chances, tempted fate and wound up with an improbable 26-23 overtime victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles when Corey Davis caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota on Sunday.
Davis’ leaping catch over Avonte Maddox with five seconds to go in OT gave the Titans their most thrilling victory in Nissan Stadium in many years, and was their third win a row.
More than that, it was how the Titans won the game that was all the more impressive. Davis had his best day as a pro – nine catches for 161 yards and the game-winner – in the midst of a week where the Titans had receiver Rishard Matthews quit on the team on Wednesday.
“Literally, I was thinking, ‘Just go get it,’” Davis said. “(Mike) Vrabel always talks about players just making plays and that’s what it comes own to. So when the ball was in the air, all I was thinking was to go get it.”
Davis’ big play rewarded Vrabel’s risk-taking, as the Titans converted three times on fourth down out of necessity after the Eagles had scored a field goal on their first possession of the extra period.
It appeared as if the Titans would settle for a tie and let Ryan Succop kick a 50-yard field goal with 1:17 left in overtime.
Instead, Vrabel called timeout, sent the offense back out on the field, and a pass from Mariota to Dion Lewis in the flat gained 15 yards and kept the drive alive.