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Greatest Super Bowls: No. 9, Super Bowl XXXIV

January 25th, 2011 by Aaron Schatz Creator, FootballOutsiders.com

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“One Yard Short.” That’s how close the Tennessee Titans came to extending the Super Bowl into overtime for the first time ever.

Even though the Rams came into this game as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” the first half was a defensive battle. Neither team scored a touchdown until Torry Holt caught a Kurt Warner pass to make it 16-0 in the third quarter.

The Titans stormed back with 16 unanswered points and tied the game with just 2:12 remaining. But on the first play of the very next drive, Warner connected with Isaac Bruce on a 73-yard touchdown pass that gave St. Louis a 23-16 lead. Tennessee got the ball back, needing 88 yards to force an overtime. They got 87 of them. On the final play of the game, Rams linebacker Mike Jones was able to wrestle down receiver Kevin Dyson at the one-yard line as he desperately stretched for a touchdown that he never scored.

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