Tennessee 44, Detroit 41

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 23, 2012
Location - Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Temperature - 68°
Head Official - Gerald Wright
Attendance - 69143

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Detroit 6 3 7 25 0 41
Tennessee 10 10 0 21 3 44

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 0-0 0-0 0-0 L2
Tennessee 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1


Titans 44, Lions 41 (OT): Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime as host Tennessee overcame Shaun Hill's last-second Hail Mary completion by stopping him on an attempted fourth-down conversion in overtime to record its first victory.

After Bironas' third field goal gave his team the lead in overtime, the Lions (1-2) marched down the field and eschewed a potential tying kick on a 4th-and-1 at the 7-yard line. The Titans (1-2) stuffed Hill to finish a wild game that saw them pull out all the stops - including a "Music City Miracle" redux as well as kickoff and fumble returns for touchdowns.

After cornerback Alterraun Verner gave Tennessee a 41-27 lead with a 72-yard fumble recovery for a score, Hill replaced an injured Matthew Stafford (ankle) and sandwiched a pair of touchdown passes around a successful onside kick in an 18-second span. Hill's Hail Mary caromed off a pack of players to Titus Young, who reeled in the ball to tie the game.

Darius Reynaud, whose lateral sprung Tommie Campbell on a 65-yard punt return in the first quarter, answered Stafford's 3-yard touchdown pass with a franchise-record 105-yard kickoff return to tie the game at 27-27.

With Detroit nursing a 6-3 lead, Tennessee unleashed a different version of the "Music City Miracle." Reynaud took a few steps forward before firing a lateral to Campbell, who bolted down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The "Music City Miracle" occurred during the wild-card game between the Titans and Buffalo Bills on Jan. 8, 2000. On that day, Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to tight end Frank Wycheck, who threw a lateral across the field to Kevin Dyson. The wideout scooted up the field for a 75-yard touchdown in the waning moments of the contest. ... Tennessee's Jake Locker completed 29 of 42 passes for 378 yards with two touchdowns. ... Detroit's Mikel Leshoure ran with authority in his return from serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Leshoure, who had 26 carries for 100 yards, had a 1-yard score midway through the third quarter to cut the Titans' lead to 20-16.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Tennessee
Mikel Leshoure Player Jake Locker
26 Attempts 4
100 Yards 35
3.8 Avg Yards 8.8
1 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 31
Detroit   Tennessee
Calvin Johnson Player Nate Washington
10 Receptions 3
164 Yards 112
16.4 Avg Yards 37.3
1 Touchdowns 1
28 Long 71

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Detroit 583 141 442 4 4 0 0.0 1
Tennessee 437 59 378 5 3 0 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Tennessee will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Titans have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Lions have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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