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The Titans' only Thursday night game couldn't be against anyone else. In the last few years, the Titans and Steelers have emerged as a heated, bad blooded rivalry. Unfortunately for the Titans, the Steelers have gotten the better end of it.
In 2008, the Steelers and the Titans were the best teams in the AFC, but the Titans got the upper hand and beat the No. 1-ranked Steelers 31-14. Then, in celebration, LenDale White famously stomped on a Terrible Towel on national television. Steeler fans were not happy.
In 2009, the season opener was an overtime game win for the Steelers, 13-10, in a crazy game where Bironas missed two field goals and the Titans dropped two punts.
In 2010, the Steelers won again in a close, defensive game 19-11 after Jeff Fisher pulled Vince Young in favor of Kerry Collins, thus beginning the quarterback controversy that led to his firing.
Last season, despite how slow they came out of the gate, the Steelers finished strong, including a game where they beat the Titans 38-17. This year, the Steelers continue to age. Maybe this will be the season for the Titans to break the cycle.