NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Titans have some history together.
Lots of it, in fact.
On the day Manning announced his retirement from the NFL, Titans Online takes a look at some of the most memorable moments involving the Titans and the former University of Tennessee star.
Manning played his first 14 NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before finishing his career with the Denver Broncos. He wrapped up his career with a win in Super Bowl 50.
AFC Divisional playoff game
January 16, 2000
The Titans got the best of Manning in his first career playoff start. Manning completed just 19-of-42 (45.2 percent) passes for 227 yards in the contest, with no touchdowns. Titans running back Eddie George rushed for 162 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, in the game as the Titans won 19-16 on the way to Super Bowl XXXIV.
MVP showdown in Nashville
December 7, 2003
Steve McNair and Peyton Manning had numerous showdowns over the years, but this was a memorable one, won by the Colts, 29-27. The two quarterbacks would end up sharing the league's MVP award at season's end. Manning completed 22-of-34 passes for 228 yards in the contest, and he set a club record with his 93rd consecutive starts in the game. McNair, who threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a TD, pulled the Titans within 29-27 with 1:52 to go. But the Titans fumbled the punt after getting a defensive stop.
Manning shines in onside kick game
December 5, 2004
Titans fans remember the trickery, but Manning left a big mark in this game, a 51-24 Indianapolis win. Playing without McNair, the Titans tried three onside kicks in the first quarter, and then attempted a fake punt in the third quarter. Manning threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, and finished the game 25-of-33 for 425 yards and three touchdowns. QB Billy Volek and receiver Drew Bennett connected for three touchdowns for the Titans.
Manning-Marvin Harrison history
October 2, 2005
Manning put on a clinic in one of the best games of his career against the Titans. Manning threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-10 win in Nashville. He threw two touchdowns to receiver Marvin Harrison, which tied the NFL record for the most TDs between a quarterback and receiver. Manning tied Ron Jaworski with his 116th consecutive start, which ranked second among quarterbacks behind Green Bay's Brett Favre.
The Bironas game
December 3, 2006
Manning did plenty to win this one for the Colts. But in the end, he was upstaged by Titans kicker Rob Bironas, who made a franchise-long 60-yard field goal to win it. The Colts entered the game with a 10-1 mark, and had lost only four of their previous 36 games. Manning threw for 351 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the game. But the Titans got key stops when they needed them, and with the wind at his back, Bironas sent the football over the crossbar for a 20-17 win. "The guy made a heck of a kick," Manning said of Bironas.
Titans leave Manning blue
October 27, 2008
In the first Code Blue game in Titans history, the team left Manning feeling a little blue himself. It was a raucous atmosphere at Nissan Stadium as the Titans improved to 7-0 with a 31-21 win on Monday Night Football. Safety Chris Hope intercepted Manning twice as the Titans took control of the AFC South. Manning finished the game 26-of-41 for 223 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Colts dropped to 3-4, their worst start since Manning's rookie season.
Fisher puts on Manning jersey
October 20, 2009
Manning wasn't around when then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher donned his No.18 jersey at a charity event in Nashville. The move created quite a stir. After being introduced by Colts coach Tony Dungy at the event, Fisher took off his jacket and shirt, revealing a Manning Colts jersey underneath, and said: "I just wanted to feel like a winner." It didn't go over so well, especially since the Titans were 0-6 at the time, and were just days removed from a 59-0 loss at New England. Fisher later apologized. The Titans ended up winning 8 of 10 games to close out the season.
Manning hot in the cold
December 8, 2013
In his only appearance against the Titans as a member of the Broncos, Manning left a mark on an 18-degree day in Denver. Manning completed 39-of-59 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-28 win. The 39 completions set a team record, and the 59 attempts matched a franchise high. Entering the contest, some questioned whether Manning was capable in the cold. Denver kicker Matt Prater left fans talking afterward, however – he made an NFL-record 64-yard field goal in the game.