Coming off three consecutive 8-8 seasons and a recent move to Nashville, these were uneasy times for the Tennessee Titans.
But the Titans answered the call, going 13-3 on the season, which was tied for the second-best record in the AFC.
Unfortunately for them, Jacksonville won the division with a 14-2 record, clinching the No. 1 seed. Because the Titans were in the same division, the highest seed they could attain was No. 4.
In the Wild Card Round against Buffalo, the Titans blew a 12-0 halftime lead and saw the Bills take a 16-15 lead with 16 seconds remaining when kicker Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal.
On the kickoff, fullback Lorenzo Neal picked up the ball and handed it to tight end Frank Wycheck, who lateraled a pass to wide receiver Kevin Dyson. Dyson took the ball 75 yards down the sideline, untouched, completing one of the most amazing plays in sports history. What came to be known as the "Music City Miracle" gave the Titans an improbable 22-16 victory, sending them to the Divisional Playoffs.
In the Divisional Round versus Indianapolis, both teams exchanged field goals in the first half, leaving the Colts with a 9-6 halftime lead.
And then things changed.
Early in the third quarter, the Titans workhorse, running back Eddie George, got some great blocking and ran up the middle, outracing defenders to the end zone for a 68-yard touchdown run, giving the Titans the lead for good at 13-9.
In the '99 NFL Playoffs, George was magnificent, rushing the ball 108 times for 449 yards and three touchdowns.
Two more Al Del Greco field goals made it 19-9 before Indianapolis could score a late touchdown.
For the game, Del Greco made four field goals, including a 49- and a 43-yarder.
After falling behind 7-0 and 14-7 in the AFC Championship game in Jacksonville, the Titans stormed back, scoring 26 unanswered points to defeat the Jaguars 33-14 and advance to the first Super Bowl in franchise history.
In Super Bowl XXXIV, St. Louis was able to move the ball down the field in the first half, but had to settle for field goals, taking a 9-0 lead into the half.
After the Rams blocked a Del Greco 47-yard field goal attempt, Kurt Warner and the offense marched down the field and scored when Warner hit Torry Holt for a nine-yard touchdown reception, making it 16-0.
But that only seemed to wake the Titans up.
They responded, scoring two touchdowns on lengthy drives that cut the lead to 16-13 before Del Greco's 43-yard field goal tied the game at 16 with 2:12 remaining.
But the Rams would not be denied.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, with the ball at the St. Louis 27-yard line, Warner dropped back and, under pressure, threw for wide receiver Isaac Bruce. The ball was underthrown, but Bruce adjusted and made the catch at the Tennessee 38-yard line, eluding defenders the rest of the way before scoring the biggest touchdown in Rams franchise history.
But it wasn't over just yet.
Down 23-16, the Titans, led by quarterback Steve McNair, embarked on a remarkable drive, moving all the way to the St. Louis 26-yard line.
Facing a 3rd-and-5, McNair took the snap, looked around, moved out of the pocket and, while nearly falling down in the process, cleared the grasp of defensive lineman Kevin Carter and Jay Williams. He got up and rifled a pass to wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who was tackled at the 10-yard line.
Tennessee used its final timeout, stopping the clock with six seconds to play.
What happened next is one of the most memorable plays in sports history.
Out of the shotgun, McNair took the snap, looked right and hit Dyson at the 5-yard line. He ran to the end zone and, as he was being tackled by linebacker Mike Jones, reached the ball forward, falling just one yard short and giving the Rams the most dramatic of victories.
The thinking on the play from the Titans' perspective was to get Jones to follow tight end Frank Wycheck. Wycheck and Dyson were both lined up to the right and Dyson ran a slant while Wycheck headed straight for the end zone. At first, Jones looked like he was going to follow Wycheck, but he turned back and focused his attention on Dyson, tackling him just before the Tennessee wideout could cross the goal line.