NASHVILLE, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Chad Scott returned an interception 45 yards with 3:23 remaining Sunday to end Tennessee's comeback hopes and give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 34-24 victory over the Titans.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kordell Stewart threw for a season-high 254 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 48-yard run to help give the division-leading Steelers a sweep of the season series with Tennessee.
Tennessee's Steve McNair also passed for a season best of 334 yards with two touchdowns and ran for another score, but he was intercepted twice.
With the Titans trailing, 27-24, McNair recognized a blitz and tossed a short pass to his right. But tight end Frank Wycheck failed to turn for the ball and Scott raced in from his left cornerback position to pick it off.
Pittsburgh improved to 8-2 for the first time since 1983 to protect what had been a two-game division lead when the day began. Tennessee, a Super Bowl participant two years ago, fell to 4-6.
With the defeat, the Titans matched their loss total from the last two seasons. Tennessee had been the NFL's best regular season team over the previous two years, going a combined 26-6.
Stewart, who threw for 232 yards in Pittsburgh's 34-7 rout of the Titans on Oct. 29, again effectively utilized receivers Plaxico Burress and Hines Ward. Burress had a breakout game against Tennessee last month with 151 receiving yards and followed that with eight receptions for 114 yards Sunday, including a four-yard touchdown. Ward added seven receptions for 99 yards.