Behind a deep run in the playoffs, the Tennessee Titans are just one win away from reaching the Super Bowl with a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. That comes after an upset road win over the highly-favored Baltimore Ravens. The Titans have an intriguing history in their 60 years of existence that has included some changes along the way. That has brought forth questions about when the franchise was last on the grandest stage in the playoffs.
The Titans are in their 60th year of existence that has seen them go through a few notable changes that include starting out located in Houston while being named the Oilers. The team kept that name even with the move to Tennessee until the 1999 season.
Within that time, the team has reached the playoffs 23 times that includes five of those appearances while still in the AFL before the 1970 merger. That saw them also earn four of their nine division titles during that span and win their only two championships in that league.
Over their history, the franchise has had the opportunity to have several Hall of Famers be a part of the team with players such as Earl Campbell, Warren Moon, Bruce Matthews, George Blanda, Mike Munchak, and Elvin Bethea among others. The list also includes a pair of coaches in Sammy Baugh and Sid Gillman, who were both briefly with the organization.
Titans’ last Super Bowl appearance
Although the team has yet to win a Super Bowl in their six-decade existence, it doesn’t mean the franchise hasn’t reached that stage of the playoffs. The Titans are set to play in their fifth AFC title game since 1970, but they have broken through once in this round, reaching the Super Bowl in their first year changing to their current name in 1999.
It came after an incredible run through the playoffs that was sparked by the Music City Miracle over the Buffalo Bills. That was followed by wins over the Indianapolis Colts and an upset blowout over the highly favored Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans earned the chance to play in Super Bowl XXXIV to play the upstart St. Louis Rams led by rising star quarterback Kurt Warner and their explosive offense.
It turned out to be one of the greatest Super Bowls in league history. The Rams had raced out to a 16-0 lead, but Tennessee responded with 16-unanswered points that included a pair of rushing touchdowns by Eddie George. With the game tied, St. Louis pulled ahead behind a 73-yard touchdown reception from Isaac Bruce.
Tennessee had their chance with one final drive that saw star quarterback Steve McNair pull off some miraculous plays with his legs and arm to move the ball down to the 10-yard line for one last play to tie the game and send it to overtime. However, the slant route throw to wideout Kevin Dyson came up just one yard short after an iconic tackle from linebacker Mike Jones.
McNair finished with 214 passing yards along with 64 rushing yards while George had 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns. That group, led by their star duo, was only able to reach the AFC title game a couple of years later and fell to the Oakland Raiders.
Titans Super Bowl 54 odds
Among the four teams left in the playoffs, the Titans are perceived as being the weakest of the bunch. However, they have shown to be the real deal since switching to Ryan Tannehill under center as the team has had tremendous success.
Tennessee has a pair of impressive road wins, beating the Ravens and New England Patriots. Their offense has been led by the incredible play of star running back Derrick Henry, who has set the franchise playoff rushing record in back-to-back weeks with 195 rushing yards against Baltimore and 182 rushing yards the week before against New England.
The Titans have shown no fear on the field, which should be the case against the Chiefs. They certainly have their chance to cap their impressive playoff run with a trip to the Super Bowl to face either the San Francisco 49ers or Green Bay Packers. Any chance of that will likely have to come off the back of Henry leading the charge offensively, as he has throughout the playoffs.