Titans kicked to title in overtime

On January 11, 2003, Joe Nedney kicked a 26-yard over time, second chance, field goal, giving the Tennessee Titans a 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the division title.

Steve McNair got the Titans on the board with a touchdown less than five minutes after kickoff. Eddie George gave the Titans a second touchdown less than a minute before the first quarter was over. With two extra points scored by Nedney, Tennessee took a 14-0 lead.

The second quarter was dominated by the Steelers. Hines Ward scored a touchdown by catching Tommy Maddox’s eight yard pass. Jeff Reed scored the extra point followed by two field goals, making the score 14-13 in favor of the Titans at half time.

The Steelers took a 20-14 lead when Amos Zereoue rushed 31 yards for the touchdown and Reed kicked the extra point. Frank Wycheck and Erron each caught a pass from McNair. With the extra points Tennessee was back on top with a 28-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Maddox made a second connection with Ward for a touchdown to start scoring in the fourth quarter. A pass from Ward to Plaxico Burress completed the two point conversion and tied the game at 28. Each team scored a field goal before time expired, once again tying the score, and sending the game to overtime.

Nedney fell after being hit by Steelers cornerback Dwayne Washington as he missed the field goal. He was given a second chance, and with it sent the Titans to the conference championship. The Titans suffered a 41-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Nedney played with seven different teams during his 14 seasons (1996-2010) in the NFL. He started with the Miami Dolphins and went to the Arizona Cardinals after one season. His last six seasons were with the San Francisco 49ers.


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