For the most part, the Tennessee Titans dominated the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday afternoon in London. But it certainly didn’t show on the scoreboard.
Down 20-13 late in the fourth quarter, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota hit tight end Luck Stocker for a one-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal. Most figured Tennessee would kick the field goal to force overtime.
Not to be. First-year head coach Mike Vrabel showed himself to be a gambling man and went for what would’ve been a game-winning two-point conversion. Tennessee’s initial attempt failed, but a holding on Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward gave the team another chance from the one.
For some reason, the Titans decided to go empty backfield after having put up 164 rushing yards in the game. It failed miserably with Mariota’s pass falling incomplete, leading to a third consecutive loss for Tennessee.
Obviously, this sequence of events had the Twitter world in an uproar.
Imagine being a Titans fan who traveled to London for that.
— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) October 21, 2018
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) October 21, 2018
Love Vrabel's decision to go for two.
HATE decision to do drop back pass out of an EMPTY set.
Especially with one of the fastest QBs in the NFL.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) October 21, 2018
To completely ignore the most effective short-yardage play in the game there is absurd. Titans deserve the L. https://t.co/Tl05wd2Ni0
— Scott Kacsmar (@ScottKacsmar) October 21, 2018
— Brian Smith WTVC (@StormTrackBrian) October 21, 2018
— Landry Locker (@LandryLocker) October 21, 2018
— Mike Rigz (@MikeRigz) October 21, 2018
Good morning, im hungover… the Titans idiotically went for two 🤦♂️
— Dan Clermont (@Danny_Clermont) October 21, 2018
Love going for it but does Vrabel know about this play pic.twitter.com/N3j5Z1MxPy
— Evan Atwell (@atwell417) October 21, 2018
The Titans got that but boy are they stupid for not giving that to Derrick Henry on the 1.
— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) October 21, 2018