Tennessee Titans' 2013 NFL Playoffs Hopes All But Over

By Taylor Sturm
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The Tennessee Titans lost to the Denver Broncos 51-28 in a game that didn’t go as many people expected. The Titans led for the entire first half and had multiple opportunities to hinder the Broncos even further, but couldn’t stop Denver on fourth down. Tennessee’s defense was just too tired to stop Peyton Manning in the second half, who threw for 397 and four touchdowns.

The loss means that Denver clinches a 2013 NFL playoff berth, but, more importantly, means that the Indianapolis Colts win the AFC South. With Indianapolis winning the AFC South, Tennessee must fight for the final AFC Wild Card spot with five other teams.

Unfortunately for the Titans, they are two games behind the Miami Dolphins and the current AFC Wild Card holders, the Baltimore Ravens. Tennessee would have to win out against the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans – which is definitely possible – and hope for both teams to lose most of their final games. Tennessee has a victory over three of the remaining “in the hunt” AFC Wild Card teams, but the Titans just couldn’t finish games out when they needed to.

It looks like this season, the Titans most likely won’t go to the playoffs. However, the future is bright in Tennessee with the youth they have on defense, on the offensive line and at wide receiver. Now, if only Jake Locker could remain healthy for an entire season, the Titans might have a chance of being one of the top 12 teams in the NFL next season.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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