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Tennessee 27, Detroit 24

Oct. 21, 2001 at 5:48 PM   |   Comments

PONTIAC, Mich., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Joe Nedney kicked a 46-yard field goal with five seconds left in the fourth quarter Sunday to lift the Tennessee Titans to a 27-24 victory over the winless Detroit Lions.

After struggling most of the day, Steve McNair set up the winning field goal with an 18-yard pass to Derrick Mason and a 22-yard run up the middle to the Detroit 28.

The Lions (0-5) had tied the game at 24-24 when Charlie Batch hit Desmond Howard with a 36-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline on a fourth-and-10 play with 1:18 left.

It was the second straight game-winning field goal for Nedney, who kicked a 49-yarder in overtime in last week's 31-28 victory over Tampa Bay.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher signed Nedney to a five-year, $6 million contract in the offseason after waiving veteran kicker Al Del Greco, who struggled last season.

Playing for his sixth NFL team in a six-year career, Nedney kicked three field goals in a listless first half, after which the Titans (2-3) trailed, 14-9.

Detroit appeared on its way to padding the lead early in the third quarter, but a 40-yard field goal attempt by Jason Hanson was blocked by Henry Ford and returned 69 yards for a touchdown by Donald Mitchell. McNair hit rookie Drew Bennett on a two-point conversion to give Tennessee a 17-14 advantage.

Detroit tied the game on a 23-yard field goal by Hanson with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter.

But three-time Pro Bowl tight end Frank Wycheck starred on Tennessee's ensuing drive, catching passes of 21 and 29 yards before capping it with a six-yard touchdownthat gave Tennessee a 24-17 lead with 4:41 remaining.

Wycheck finished with seven receptions for a career-best 100 yards. The Titans have won nine straight against NFC teams.

With Washington's overtime win over Carolina, Detroit became the lone winless team in the NFL. The Lions are 0-5 for the first time since losing their first five games in 1989.

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