The Tennessee Titans are in the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1993, when they were the Houston Oilers.
Steve McNair threw for one touchdown and ran for a second today, and Al Del Greco kicked three field goals as the Titans beat the Atlanta Falcons, 30-17, to clinch a playoff berth in their first season since changing nicknames.
The Titans (11-3) came back onto the field and celebrated by slapping high-fives with fans ringed around the edge of the stands. McNair, Eddie George and Frank Wycheck then met on the field and hugged.
George said he and McNair remembered how they walked around the field at Adelphia Coliseum before the season started and talked of the playoffs and winning a championship.
"We're happy we won. We're in it. Now it's time to take it to that next level," said George. "We're excited, but we're going to make that next step."
The Titans still have a shot at their first AFC Central title since 1991. They remain two games behind Jacksonville with two games left and host the Jaguars next week. Veteran offensive lineman Bruce Matthews said the Titans haven't given up hopes of pulling out the division title.
"It's nice to have the formality of it, but immediately we're looking to position ourselves the best we can in the playoffs, get a bye, do all those things, and hopefully knock off Jacksonville and somehow still win the Central," he said.
The Titans struggled, though, forcing a season-high six turnovers and settling for just two field goals.
Wycheck, Tennessee's tight end who has not scored a touchdown all season, threw for one today. He took a long lateral from McNair and found a wide-open Isaac Byrd for a 61-yard scoring pass play and a 14-7 lead. It was the Titans' longest pass of the year.