Flashback Friday: McNair TD Run Ices Bucs

Each week this season, Titans Online is taking a look back at a game in franchise history against the upcoming opponent.

Nov. 8, 1998: Tennessee Oilers 31, Buccaneers 22

This flashback highlights an impressive comeback and an unbelievable 71-yard touchdown run by QB Steve McNair to seal the victory.

The matchup occurred in the second year of the Tennessee Oilers as the franchise prepared to become the Titans in 1999. The Oilers rallied from a 13-point deficit at halftime with three unanswered touchdowns to become the first team to beat Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium, which opened that season.

Eddie George scored the Oilers' first touchdown on a 14-yard run to pull the Oilers within 16-10, and Mike Archie added a 7-yard TD run to put Tennessee up 17-16.

Special teams and defense led to the next touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Anthony Dorsett downed a punt by Craig Hentrich at the Tampa Bay one-yard-line, and linebacker Joe Bowden intercepted Trent Dilfer and returned it for the score on the next play.

Dilfer and Tampa Bay recovered with a 10-yard touchdown to Reidel Anthony to make it 24-22, but Dilfer's conversion pass attempt to Bert Emanuel fell incomplete.

Tennessee faced third-and-8 from its own 21-yard-line when McNair put the game away. He dropped back and faked a handoff, then broke free from Tyoka Jackson to avoid a sack and ran past multiple Buccaneers defenders. He capped the run with a plunge into the end zone.

McNair finished the day with a career-high 95 rushing yards on eight attempts, and George had 27 carries for 134 yards as the Oilers rolled up 236 rushing yards.

McNair's TD run made the following NFL Network countdown at No. 7 in his Top 10 moments.

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