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       Titans 23rd team in NFL history to start 9-0 & 14th NFL team since 1970 to win their first 9 games

 

 

NFL 2008: Justin Gage stretches across the goal line on a 12-yard touchdown catch. Titans 23rd team in NFL history to start 9-0 & 14th NFL team since 1970 to win their first 9 games

Justin Gage stretches across the goal line on a 12-yard touchdown catch

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A limited rushing attack forced the Tennessee Titans to rely heavily on their passing game against the Chicago Bears for NFL 2008 Week 11. The 21 to 14 victory elevated the Titans record to 9-0 thus remaining the NFL's only unbeaten team. The Titans are the 23rd team in NFL history to start 9-0 and the 14th NFL team since 1970 to win their first 9 games.

Although, the Titans were limited to 20 total rushing yards on 29 carries, Quarterback Kerry Collins completed 30 of 41 passing attempts including 12 consecutive completions spanning the second and third quarters of the game. Collins finished the game with 289 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.7 passer rating.

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Tight end Bo Scaife led all Titans receivers with 10 receptions for 78 yards and 1 touchdown, while wide receiver Brandon Jones caught 8 passes for a game high 82 receiving yards.

However, Titans running back LenDale White's one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. On third-and-goal from the Bears two-yard line with 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Titans called on White, who stretched across the goal line to put the Titans up 21-7.

Defensive tackle Jason Jones blocked a field goal on the ensuing Bears possession. Then, after a three-and-out by the Titans, Bears quarterback Rex Grossman capped a 68-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run, bringing the Bears within seven points with less than five minutes remaining.

But the Bears failed to even the score on their last drive of the game, as Cortland Finnegan broke up a pass on fourth down. Scaife's final reception with two minutes on the clock gave the Titans a first down and the ability to kneel on the ball to end the contest.

In a battle of field position, the Titans spent much of the day in Bears territory. Their average starting field position was their 43-yard line, while the Bears average drive began on their 21. The Titans limited returner Devin Hester to 13 yards on two punt returns and a 24.8-yard average on four kickoff returns.

In the first quarter, the Bears went on the board first with a 14-play, 75- yard drive that ended when Grossman found Matt Forte at the goal line for a five-yard touchdown pass.

The Titans had an opportunity to tie the game near the end of the first quarter. Safety Chris Hope intercepted a pass in Bears territory that was initially tipped by Finnegan, and the Titans later faced a fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line. When fullback Ahmard Hall fumbled a handoff, the ball was recovered by Bears defensive back Corey Graham.

In the second quarter, on their third of four drives in the game that started in Bears territory, the Titans finally were able to knot the score. Chris Carr's 29-yard punt return and a 14-yard reception by Jones helped position Collins to complete a 10-yard touchdown pass to Scaife.

The score remained 7-7 until the third quarter. On their opening possession of the half, the Titans drove 56 yards on six plays to take the lead. Collins completed all five attempts on the drive, including a 12-yard touchdown to Justin Gage, completing the scoring until White's touchdown run.

Prior to this NFL 2008 season, 23 teams had posted 9-0 records, with five of them losing in their 10th games. Of the 23, only four finished the regular season undefeated and untied – the 1934 and 1942 Chicago Bears, 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots.

This marks the fourth consecutive NFL season in which at least one team has reached the 9-0 mark – the longest such streak in NFL history.

The 23 NFL teams to reach 9-0 in the regular season and their eventual records:

Season

Team

Final Record

Oppponent (Game)

1929

Packers

12-0-1

Undefeated season

1931

Packers

12-2-0

Chicago Cardinals (10)

1934

Lions

10-3-0

Packers (11)

1934

Bears

13-0-0

Undefeated season

1942

Bears

11-0-0

Undefeated season

1953

Browns

11-1-0

Eagles (12)

1961

Chargers

12-2-0

Oilers (12)

1962

Packers

13-1-0

Lions (11)

1964

Bills

12-2-0

Boston Patriots (10)

1969

L.A. Rams

11-3-0

Vikings (12)

1972

Dolphins

14-0-0

Undefeated Season

1973

Vikings

12-2-0

Falcons (10)

1975

Vikings

12-2-0

Redskins (11)

1984

Dolphins

14-2-0

Chargers (12)

1985

Bears

15-1-0

Dolphins (13)

1990

Giants

13-3-0

Eagles (11)

1990

49ers

14-2-0

L.A. Rams (11)

1991

Redskins

14-2-0

Cowboys (12)

1998

Broncos

14-2-0

Giants (14)

2003

Chiefs

13-3-0

Bengals (10)

2005

Colts

14-2-0

Chargers (14)

2006

Colts

12-4-0

Cowboys (10)

2007

Patriots

16-0-0

Undefeated season

2008

Titans

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