Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis experienced a season-defining moment in Monday’s shocking, thrilling 28-27 victory over the Miami Dolphins. After back-to-back errors, the first on special teams, and the second on offense, gifted the Dolphins consecutive touchdowns, Levis and the Titans received the ball back down two scores with 4:34 to play. That’s when the the impossible, or at least the extremely unlikely, happened.
Levis spearheaded back-to-back scoring drives, the first of which highlighted some Mike Vrabel aggression by going for, and converting a two-point conversion. The Titans were driving, but still trailing by 14 with 2:55 remaining. The Titans possessed a 0.383% chance of victory, according to Next Gen Stats. It was the second-least likeliest win in the NGS era.
An updated look at the most improbable comebacks in the Next Gen Stats era (since 2016):— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 12, 2023
0.285% - Jets Over Browns (Week 2, 2022)
0.383% - Titans Over Dolphins (Tonight)
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Levis became the first rookie quarterback in history to surpass 300 yards on Monday Night Football. The Titans became the first franchise this century to overcome a 14-plus-point deficit in the final three minutes of a game that was won in regulation, according to Tru Media Sports. Vrabel’s aggression helped the Titans avoid overtime.
The Titans trailed 27-13 with less than 3:00 to play then rallied for a 28-27 win over the Dolphins.— Jason Starrett (@starrettjason) December 12, 2023
Per @TruMediaSports, Tennessee is the only team this century to overcome at least a 14-point deficit in the final three minutes of a game and win in regulation.
The first drive was a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Levis completed seven-of-nine passing attempts for all 80 yards. Rookie running back Tyjae Spears accounted for 41 of those receiving yards. Levis completed passes to five different receivers. The Titans converted a 3rd-and-4. Levis overcame a Dillon Radunz false start penalty, hitting Spears for a 21-yard gain on 2nd-and-15. On first-and-goal, Levis scrambled and found DeAndre Hopkins for a three-yard touchdown. On the ensuing two-point attempt, he located a wide-open Nick Westbrook-Ikhine to minimize the Dolphins’ lead to 27-21.
After the Titans defense forced a quick three-and-out, Levis received the ball with 2:15 remaining and ushered a four-play scoring drive that covered 61 yards in 26 seconds. Levis opened the drive with an explosive 36-yard pass to Hopkins. The former Kentucky standout followed that up with a 16-yard pass to Chig Okonkwo. Spears ran for six yards, and after a Miami delay of game penalty placed the ball at the three-yard line, a Derrick Henry touchdown completed the comeback.
All in all, Levis completed nine-of-11 attempts for 132 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion. He showcased an unbelievable amount of poise and confidence. Credit the Titans defense too, which got two timely stops when necessary. The Dolphins received the ball back trailing by one point with 1:45 remaining. Arguably the league’s most explosive offense, the Dolphins managed just 19 yards via six plays before a fourth-down sack ended the game.
It was a truly historic moment for Levis. He arrived during the Atlanta Falcons debut contest, but his special rookie campaign will be best remembered by the Dolphins miracle. The Titans have a franchise quarterback.