Detroit Lions vs Tennessee Titans: Music City Miracle Day for the Titans

John Weeast@@johnweeastContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Akeem Ayers #56 of the Tennessee Titans bats down a hail mary pass directly to wide receiver Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions for the game tying touchdown at LP Field on September 23, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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On a day when Mikel Leshoure became the first player since Billy Sims to rush for 100 yards in his NFL debut, the Tennessee Titans had one miracle after another to beat the Detroit Lions 44-41 in overtime. 

Tommie Campbell returned a 65-yard punt for a touchdown. 

Jared Cook had a 61-yard reception for a touchdown. 

Darius Reynaud returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. 

Nate Washington embarrassed Jacob Lacey with a 71-yard touchdown reception over Lacey's back. 

Alterraun Verner ripped the ball out of Brandon Pettigrew's soft hands for a 72-yard fumble recovery and touchdown. 

The Tennessee Titans became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of more than 60 yards in a game. And they needed every single one. 

Detroit had a little magic of its own when Shaun Hill came in and scored on a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, recovered an onside kick and then scored another touchdown by Titus Young Sr. on a last second Hail Mary to send the game into overtime. 

It was the most exciting minute and a half of football you'll ever see. 

The ensuing Tennessee drive saw a 27-yard penalty when the replacement officials marked a helmet-to-helmet penalty from the Detroit 44 yard line, instead of, the Tennessee 44 yard line. 

That wouldn't be the last miracle of the day, however. 

After a Tennessee field goal and a Detroit drive that had them ready to tie the game, the ball was snapped erroneously when the Lions tried to draw the Titans offsides and the drive—and the game—ended there. 

As a Lions fan, it will be hard to swallow this loss.

As a fan of the NFL, this is a game that proves that anything can happen on Sunday.

Games like this is why I love this game.  

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