Tennessee Titans: The Horrors of Playing in Tennessee

Bill KostkasContributor IISeptember 18, 2010

Steeler-Killer Steve McNair
Steeler-Killer Steve McNairAndy Lyons/Getty Images

Everyone knows that the Steelers are 1-8 when facing the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. Since it's a day before the game, I'd say it's time to refresh our memories on the horrors of having to play in Nashville.

Let's take a look at a timeline of every game the Steelers have played down there. Starting in 1997, the list gets worse and brings back bad memories as you look at each game.


1997: Titans 16, Steelers 6

The Steelers already had the AFC Central clinched coming into the game, but Bill Cowher decided to rest running back Jerome Bettis. This was the year that they were introduced to one of the greatest Steeler-killers of all-time in Steve McNair.


1998: Titans 23, Steelers 14

The offense gets shut out for the entire second half, en-route to the Steelers' missing the playoffs for the first time since 1991.


1999: Titans 16, Steelers 10

Two McNair touchdown runs in the first quarter put the game away. Steelers didn't help themselves with 11 penalties either.



2000: Titans 9, Steelers 7

Pittsburgh holds the lead all the way down to the last minute until Al Del Greco nails the game-winning field goal.


2001: Steelers 34, Titans 24

The only victory the Steelers have ever earned on the road in Tennessee. McNair was at his Steeler-killing ways, but Stewart finally rose to the occasion in his 2001 Pro Bowl campaign.


2002: Regular Season Titans 31, Steelers 23

Everyone remembers this one as the game where Keith Bulluck knocked out Tommy Maddox, who would miraculously return the following week and helping to make the Steelers set the record for fewest yards given up in a loss against the team that replaced the Oilers in Houston.


2002: Postseason Titans 34, Steelers 31 in OT

This loss was the one that stung the most. A stalled drive at the end of regulation ends up costing them when Dewayne Washington grazed kicker Joe Nedney, who instantly realized he missed the kick and pulled off an excellent routine. Titans get another chance and advance to the AFC Championship.


2008: Titans 31, Steelers 14

This game was for home field in the AFC Playoffs. The Steelers turnover the ball four times, with Ben Roethlisberger involved in each of them. Thankfully, this loss didn't come back to haunt them in January.