Titans fumble changed everything for Jets

By Marc A. Greenberg

With the score tied at 20-20, Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin picked up a Colts fumble and returned it to the Indianapolis 37 with 1:37 remaining.

With superstar RB Chris Johnson, the Titans plan was to run the clock down to the end and kick a Rob Bironas FG (24-26 on the season) to win the game.

A win by the Titans meant that the New York Jets would face the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round next week and not the Indianapolis Colts.  The Chiefs, fresh off a 31-10 beatdown from the Oakland Raiders have picked a bad time to self-destruct, and would be a welcome matchup for the Jets.

But the second down snap from rookie center Kevin Matthews squirted free from Titans QB Kerry Collins, and Colts defensive end Robert Mathis recovered the fumble.

You can guess what happened next.  Peyton Manning proceeded to direct the team downfield and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43 yarder to win the game.

Colts beat the Titans.   Jets play the Colts.

We will find out Saturday Night if that Titans fumble killed two teams instead of one.