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Titans vs. Packers: Titans Embarrass Themselves, Their City, Football Itself

Locker threw with men in his face all day.
Locker threw with men in his face all day.Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

If Mike Munchak was on the bubble, he may want to start updating his resume.

The bubble just popped all over the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

Behind a ghastly performance from Jake Locker, the Tennessee Titans gave up 55 straight points to the Green Bay Packers before putting up a cosmetic score late.

The 55-7 loss was the latest in a season-long string of blowouts against top teams. It was the fifth time this season the Titans lost by at least 20 points.

Right from the start there were signs the Titans were in for trouble. Their opening three drives produced negative-17 yards, before Aaron Rodgers capitalized on good field position to drive the Packers in for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns.

With the game already spiraling out of reach, Locker stepped in to make sure the Titans had no hope of coming back.

He answered the touchdowns with a pair of interceptions that helped stake the Packers to a 17-point lead.

If only the beating had stopped there.

Tennessee finally managed to string together first downs early in the second quarter, but eventually failed on a 4th-and-1 as Locker couldn't connect with Damian Williams.

Not content with a 20-0 lead at the intermission, the Packers came out of the gates throwing as Rodgers maneuvered the home team to their third score.

At that point, the game just became ridiculous as the Titans failed in every phase of the game from offense to defense to special teams.

By the time the Packers had had their fill of Tennessee's generosity, they had gorged the scoreboard north of 50 points.

Locker was brutal, finishing with a meager line of 13-of-30 for one touchdown and two picks, but he got no help from the running game or any of his teammates.

Chris Johnson was invisible with 28 yards on 11 carries.

The Titans finish their season with a home game against Jacksonville in Week 17. But at this point there doesn't appear to be much hope for the existing coaching staff to retain their jobs.

The Jaguars have the worst record in the NFL at 2-13, but one of those wins came at the expense of the Titans.

Tennessee is past playing for their coach, and pride flew out the window midway through the third quarter against Green Bay.

Perhaps revenge will serve as a suitable substitute for motivation against the Jaguars.

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