We were 40 miles outside of Nashville when the stress began to take hold. Battling post-traumatic Starkville disorder, Trey and I had already been driving three and a half hours through the rain and were hoping for a smooth ride home on I-65.
The timing was crucial; 40 miles away, with about 30 minutes left int the Titans-Falcons game. Tennessee was trailing 10-7 halfway through the 4th quarter. There was a chance the Titans could keep it close and possibly force overtime, yet Atlanta had the ball inside the 5, and the Titans tend to Titan.
The difference between the typical Titans and what happened next? Kentucky Wildcats.
After a 2nd down challenge revealed Julio Jones stepped out at the half-yard line, the Falcons handed it off the fullback up the gut. Wesley Woodyard stuffed him, before Avery Williamson finished him off. Quick to get back to the line of scrimmage, Atlanta when for it on 4th down. Matt Ryan’s play-action pass was tipped, and Williamson took the ball away from Jacob Tamme for his first career interception.
Former Wildcats gave them some hope, if only for a moment. Atlanta allowed Tennessee to stay in the game until Zach Mettenberger threw the game away with an interception. Avery also had a pass break up to go with his pick and 5 tackles,, while Woodyard finished with nine tackles. Tamme didn’t get that touchdown, but he still had 3 catches for 36 yards.
If you’re curious, we might it outta Nashville just fine.
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