They did it again? They did it again!
Late in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry called a trick play that looked awfully familiar.
Darius Reynaud was back to catch Detroit's punt near Tennessee's 40-yard line. Once he caught it, Reynaud took a couple steps and then turned and threw the ball across the field to teammate Tommie Campbell. Campbell caught the ball at the 35-yard line (meaning it was clearly a backwards lateral) and sprinted up the right sideline untouched all the way for the touchdown.
"Look at this a little throwback action. We've seen this before," the FOX announcer said, referring to Tennessee's "Music City Miracle" play back in 2000.
Trailing, 16-15, with 16 seconds remaining in a Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills, Lowry called a similar play on the kickoff where tight end Frank Wycheck lateraled the ball across the field to Kevin Dyson. Dyson ran down the sideline and scored the game-winning touchdown, but the controversial lateral and whether it was a forward pass or not been a subject for debate ever since.
More than a decade later, Lowry made the call again. And it worked, again. The game turned into a shootout in the fourth quarter and the Titans went on to pull out the win in overtime.
The only thing the punt return touchdown was missing (besides it not being a playoff game) might have been Mike Keith's call.
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