Titans nip Lions in OT, 44-41

Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime as Tennessee wins for the first time this season.

Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) catches a touchdown pass as he is defended by Detroit Lions strong safety Erik Coleman (24) in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7 to finally pull out a 44-41 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Titans (1-2) blew a 20-9 halftime lead in a crazy game featuring big plays, scoring swings and some suspect officiating. Detroit scored 18 straight points, then Tennessee answered with 21 points before the Lions scored the final 14 of regulation. Detroit recovered an onside kick and got an assist from officials who did not review a possible turnover.

In overtime, Bironas' third field goal put Tennessee ahead to stay.

The Lions (1-2) lost their second straight when coach Jim Schwartz decided not to let Jason Hanson kick his fifth field goal. Hill, in for injured Matthew Stafford , was stopped by defensive tackles Jurrell Casey and Sen'Derrick Marks on his sneak, and Tennessee escaped.


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