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Six Memorable Games in Titans-Raiders Series


PHOENIX —The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

Here at the NFL owners meetings, owners approved owner Mark Davis' application to move his franchise from Oakland to Las Vegas.

He needed at least 24 "yes" votes from the 32 owners, and he easily got them in the desert. The vote was 31-1, with only the Dolphins voting against the move.

A press conference was held on Monday, when commissioner Roger Goodell and Davis discussed the development.

The Titans and Raiders have played 12 times in the "Titans era," and once in a memorable game in Memphis in the team's first game on Tennessee soil.

Let's take a look back at six memorable moments between the Titans and Raiders over the years:


A Tennessee Introduction

When: August 31, 1997.

Where: Memphis.

What happened: The Oilers opened their inaugural season in the state of Tennessee with a rousing 24-21 overtime win over the Raiders at the Liberty Bowl. Running back Eddie George turned in a performance to remember, rushing for 216 yards in 35 carries on a steamy day before over 30,000 fans. The Oilers won it on a game-winning field goal in overtime by Al Del Greco. The next year, the Tennessee Oilers played their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. In 1999, the Oilers became the Titans.

Nedney Game Winner

When: December 23, 2001.

Where: Oakland.

What happened: Titans quarterback Steve McNair's availability was in question because of back issues. An uncomfortable McNair stood most of the flight from Nashville to Oakland. But McNair played, and the Titans won, in the closing seconds. Joe Nedney's game-winning field goal with 1:48 left stood after Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed his third kick of the night with just seconds left. McNair was 15-of-27 for 178 yards, and he completed two long third-down passes to Derrick Mason during the go-ahead drive in Tennessee's 13-10 win.


AFC Championship Game

When: January 19, 2003.

Where: Oakland.

What happened: This is a painful memory for Titans fans. On a night when McNair showed a ton of guts, the Titans let a chance to go to another Super Bowl slip through their grasp because of some costly miscues. McNair accounted for three touchdowns – one passing, two rushing – for the Titans. But fumbles by Robert Holcombe and John Simon in the return game turned the momentum, and the Raiders advanced to the Super Bowl with a 41-24 win.

Crazy Opener

When: September 7, 2003.

Where: Nashville

What happened: After their hopes of a return to the Super Bowl were buried in the Black Hole eight months earlier, the Titans took some revenge. McNair threw two touchdowns and punter Craig Hentrich - filling in for injured Joe Nedney, who sprained his right knee on a kickoff after a 50-yard field goal - booted three field goals. Hentrich had kicked only three field goals in the previous nine years. The Titans won it under the lights, 25-20.


Last Second Heroics

When: November 24, 2013.

Where: Oakland.

What happened: Things weren't looking good for the Titans late in the fourth quarter in the Black Hole. Then quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick engineered a 14-play, 80-yard drive in crunch time. He capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kendall Wright on third down with just 10 seconds remaining, and the Titans pulled out a dramatic 23-19 win.

A Gut Punch

When: November 29, 2015

Where: Nashville

What happened: This one is still fresh in the minds of Titans fans. The Titans lost 24-21 to the Raiders by allowing a touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to receiver Seth Roberts with just 1:21 left. It came just a few minutes after the Titans had taken the lead on a Marcus Mariota touchdown pass, and just seconds after the Titans thought they'd gotten a fourth down stop, only to realize they'd been called for a penalty. Cornerback B.W. Webb was called for defensive holding away from where Carr's pass was thrown. It was a call no one in Tennessee agreed with. looks back at the all-time series against the Oakland Raiders. (AP Photos)

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