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What if the officials called delay of game on the Ravens in 2009?

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Would the Titans have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy?

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We are doing theme weeks on the NFL blogs again this year. This week’s theme is “what if,” so of course that means we have to pull up some painful memory from the past and talk about how our lives as Titans’ fans would be different if that had turned out differently.

The moment I picked is the 3rd and 2 play from the 2009 playoff game against the Ravens. The play clock hit :00 for at least 2 full seconds but no flag was thrown. Joe Flacco ended up finding Todd Heap for a 23-yard gain. That drive ended with Matt Stover hitting what turned out to be the game winning 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds left.

Then Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher had this to say about the non-call after the game:

“I’ve always maintained that there’s a human element in the game as far as officiating is concerned. [They’re] going to make mistakes; it is part of our game,’’ Fisher said, according to The Tennessean. “But this particular mistake was unacceptable. There is no excuse for it, it was a mistake, and it was a costly mistake.

”It was not the reason we lost the game, but it was a mistake, an error.’’

Fisher is right, it wasn’t THE reason the Titans lost the game, but it was certainly a contributing factor. Of course the fumbles deep in Ravens’ territory by LenDale White and Alge Crumpler didn’t help things.

I believe that if any one of those things hadn’t happened, the Titans would have gone on to win the Super Bowl, but for some reason it has always been the non-delay of game call that has hurt the most.

What is the biggest “What If” Titans’ moment for you?