Fourth quarter

Peephole perspective: The Titans got close with a field goal, a touchdown and a two-point conversion, but the Seahawks held on to win 20-18.

Player of the quarter: Alterraun Verner. The Titans’ cornerback made a diving interception on third down to give his team the ball at the Seahawks’ 28 with 7:20 to play.

Play of the quarter: The Titans had one last chance to drive to a game-winning field goal, but rookie safety Kam Chancellor intercepted a Rusty Smith pass and returned it 37 yards in the closing seconds.

Line of the quarter: Newcomer Alvin Bowen and rookie Walter Thurmond each had 4 tackles, tied for a game high.

The bigger picture: The Titans got a field goal to start the quarter – a 47-yarder by Rob Bironas. But it could have been more. On third down from the Seahawks’ 29, Smith put the ball on Paul Williams for the needed first-down yardage. But safety Jamar Adams and cornerback Cord Parks combined to put a lick on Williams that forced the incompletion.

J.P. Losman took over at QB for the Seahawks when they got the ball back. Running behind the No. 4 line, Louis Rankin broke a 15-yard run on the first play. But the drive stalled and Jon Ryan got off a 47-yard punt.

The No. 3 defense then forced a three-and-out, only to watch the Titans get the ball back – at the Seahawks’ 28 – as Verner made his diving interception of Losman’s third-down pass.  The Seahawks challenged the play, but the ruling on the field stood.

It appeared the Seahawks would escape by allowing only another field goal. But on Smith’s third-down pass into the end zone to Williams, cornerback Marcus Brown was flagged for pass interference to give the Titans a first down at the 1. It took LeGarrette Blount three cracks, but he finally pushed his way into the end zone. Smith passed for the two-point PAT to cut the Seahawks’ lead to 20-18 with 4:35 to play.

Chancellor’s pick and return sealed the victory.


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