Rise of The Titans

The Underdogs Dominate in Playoffs

Titans lead running back; Derrick Henry rushes field (courtesy of ESPN).

Titans’ lead running back; Derrick Henry rushes field (courtesy of ESPN).

Justin Artz, Staff Writer

The Tennessee Titans closed their regular season with a 9-7 record, barely earning them the last playoff spot. They went into the post season having to face the previous Super Bowl winners, The New England Patriots. The odds were not in their favor, yet they still came out on top with their dominant running game.

“I thought the Titans had no chance, so when they came out running all over the Patriots, it surprised all of my friends and me,” said senior Tyler Newell.

The following week, the Titans took on the number one team in the NFL; the Ravens. They once again dominated. Titans running back, Derrick Henry, rushed for almost 400 rushing yards in both games. Defeating the Ravens with a score of 28-12, many fans are raging over the Titans.

“Beating the Patriots was one thing,” said junior Isaac Stamps. “But to come out and dominate the best all around team in the NFL is something I never saw coming.”

The Titans will travel to Kansas City for their next game. If the Titans can once again overcome the odds and beat their opponent, they will have a slot in the Super Bowl.

“Teams have their runs, but for a team like the Titans to beat the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs star quarterback) is just something I can’t see happening,” said senior Jeff Ullery.

Despite the fact that the Titans once again are picked to lose, many fans think their dominant run game and team spirit will earn them a spot in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2000.