Well, the improbable playoff run that the Titans have been a part of the last few weeks is officially over, as the Patriots came in and played mistake-free playoff caliber football for 60 minutes and ended the Titans chances for a post season, 40-23. Belichick had a little something extra for Jeff Fisher and Co. as he subbed in the immortal Vinny Testaverde for a late touchdown pass with under 2 minutes leading by 10 so Vinny could keep his consecutive season touchdown streak alive at -what is it- 87 years Vinny has been playing now? Ugh. A hearty fuck you too Belichick.
Not Vince's best game, but he didn't get much help from his receivers either. Plenty of blame to go around on this loss, starting with Reynaldo Hill in the secondary (why wasn't Finnegan playing in his spot?), and ending up with Vince just not getting it done. It will be interesting to see what happens in the offseason now that Vince has officially been welcomed in to the NFL. The Patriots exposed him a bit today and did a great job keeping him from scrambling.
Either way, I just want to say thanks to the Titans for a hell of a year. We haven't had a decent season in two years, and until Vince Young came in this year it didn't seem like things were going to change. I got to give it up to Vince for turning the season around and lighting a fire in the clubhouse. That kid is going to be some fun to watch for the next few years, and I have every reason to believe we'll get a few shots at some real playoff runs with him at the helm.
Now it's time for me to go send off 2006 with a bottle of Moet and some friends.
Happy New Year Everybody!!