Eddie George's top 5 moments with the Titans
Former Titans running back Eddie George, along with Steve McNair, is getting his No. 27 jersey retired by the Titans Sunday at halftime of the Titans' game vs. Indianapolis.
Here are five of George's top moments as a Titan.
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1. 1999 AFC Divisional Playoff -- Carrying the Titans past Indy
Site: RCA Dome, Indianapolis
Result: Titans topple Peyton Manning and the Colts 19-16, move on to AFC Championship Game
Why? George's third quarter 68-yard touchdown run swung the game into the Titans favor. The Titans took the lead for good, and George rushed for 124 yards in the second half as the Titans moved onto Jacksonville for a spot in the Super Bowl.
2. Super Bowl XXXIV -- So close
Site: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Result: Despite 130 total yards and two touchdowns from George, the Titans lose 23-16 to the St. Louis Rams.
Why? George contributed in the running and the passing games as the Rams defense sought to make the Titans one-dimensional. He gained 95 yards on 28 carries, a fair but generally inefficient rate. Even then, George scored twice on the ground and remains the only Titans player to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
3. Dec. 17, 2000 -- Browns downed in the snow
Site: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland
Result: Titans move to 12-3 with 24-0 shutout of the Browns.
Why? The Browns weren't the most difficult of opponents, but the snowy climate limited the Titans offense to 105 passing yards. George came through with 176 yards (the fourth most single-game total of his career) and three touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. George combined for 310 rushing yards and six touchdowns in two games against Cleveland in 2000.
Take a look at George's run below; the snow makes him look like he's in slow motion.
4. Dec. 8, 1999 -- George owns Raiders on Thursday night
Site: Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville
Result: The Titans continue their roll to the playoffs with a 21-14 victory over Jon Gruden's Raiders.
Why? Evidently, George loved playing the Raiders. His 1999 effort (199 rushing yards and two touchdowns) was second only to a 216-yard performance against Oakland in 1997 among his highest single-game totals.
5. Sept. 8, 2002 -- Week 1 game-winner
Site: The Coliseum, Nashville
Result: Titans begin 2002 with a thrilling 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Why? George had few opportunities in his career to score a traditional late-game, go-ahead touchdown. But this was one of those times. The Eagles led 24-10 at halftime, but the Titans stormed back with 17 unanswered, punctuated by a two-yard touchdown run by George with 3:12 to play. He added a two-point conversion run afterward, and the Titans closed the deal with a recovered fumble after a sack of Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb by Carlos Hall. (Remember Hall? He had three sacks on this day, his first as a pro.)