NFL: 25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History

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Eddie George #27 of the Tennessee Titans. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History: 8. 2000 Tennessee Titans

The 2000 Tennessee Titans are similar to the Giants in that they were coming off a Super Bowl run, but they just didn’t win theirs. They came within a yard and an extra point of tying Super Bowl XXXIV against the St. Louis Rams. It’s one of the most devastating losses in the NFL. They came so close to winning the game or at least tying it, and they just came up short. Literally. One might think the next season would come with a letdown, but it didn’t for the Titans. They used it as motivation.

Not only did the Titans get the number-one seed in the AFC, but their 13 wins were the best in the league. Their three losses came by a combined seven points. This was a really good team. Eddie George was dominant once again. There were stars all over the field. Steve McNair, Jevon Kearse, Derrick Mason, and Frank Wycheck were just some of the names leading the way. They were cruising into the playoffs, and this should be redemption for the boys from Nashville.

The Titans took on the Ravens in the playoffs. They were building a nice little rivalry, as the Ravens defense was becoming one of the greats in the league, and this one would become all worldly. The Titans didn’t have a terrible offensive game on the stat sheet. They outgained the Ravens 317 to 134. The Ravens only had 6 first downs converted, while the Titans converted 24. It looked like it should be a blowout, and it was. Only, it went the other way.

The Ravens won the game 24-10. There was a 90-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown, and then Ray Lewis returned an interception 50 yards for another touchdown. The game turned on a dime thanks to two turnovers. The Ravens didn’t need offense. Their defense and special teams would go on to win this game.