The Jake Locker Era is starting in Tennessee.
The rookie entered the game against the Saints in the early moments of the second quarter when Hasselbeck suffered a calf injury, playing in his fourth game of the season.
Locker commanded the Titans for the remainder of the game, including a last-minute drive for a chance to win against the 10-3 Saints.
The clock ran out as Locker scrambled and failed to get the ball out of his hands, but he displayed leadership and the almost-comeback was a solid learning experience.
The Titans (7-6, 5-4) are one game behind the New York Jets (8-5, 6-5) in the wild-card race with three games left (at IND, JAX, at HOU).
If the Titans win out and the Jets lose one of their last three (at PHI, NYG at MIA), Tennessee jumps New York with a better conference record.
If Hasselbeck can't go, Jake Locker would get his first professional start at quarterback, heading into a hungry yet winless Colts country.
Even if Hasselbeck gets healthy enough to play, Locker provides more options from the quarterback position.
With a little help, the composed Locker may have a chance to lead the Titans to a playoff berth in his first season as a pro, and these are the reasons why.