Titans blow 13-point lead, then miss potential winning FG

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans started exactly the way they wanted, jumping out to a double-digit lead.

Finishing was the issue.

The Titans blew a 13-point lead Sunday, then drove down the field to set up Randy Bullock for a 47-yard field goal to beat the New York Giants. The kicker on his sixth NFL team yanked the game-winning attempt wide left to turn a season-opening win into a 21-20 loss.

“Anytime you lose it’s a gut punch,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “We put a lot into it. We got it started how we wanted to. I give them a lot of credit. We went flat, and we weren’t able to get anything going there in the second half.”

The Titans were the AFC’s No. 1 seed a year ago with a 12-5 record and lost the divisional game on this same field in January after a turnover with 20 seconds left set up the winning field goal. On Sunday, the Titans led 13-0 at halftime, settling for a pair of field goals after drives stalled in the second quarter.

Bullock was 8 of 13 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards last season after becoming Tennessee’s third kicker. He replaced Michael Badgley, who lasted one game after replacing Sam Ficken, who was placed on injured reserve just before the season opener.

“Randy Bullock has made a bunch of kicks for us, and he’ll continue to make a bunch of big kicks for us,” Vrabel said.

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