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Young, Titans drive to win

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:45 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

On rubbery legs, Titans coach Jeff Fisher summed up what everyone just saw.

"You guys don't mind if I sit down and do this do you? OK. WOW! What a great finish!" Fisher said as he slumped behind the podium. "We've had some finishes around here, but I can't remember one like that. Just a tremendous finish."

Vince Young outdueled Matt Leinart again with yet another spectacular winning drive. He hit a leaping Kenny Britt for a 10-yard touchdown as time expired, and the Tennessee Titans rallied to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.

Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt compared the disappointment to losing the Super Bowl in February.

"It's as close to that as possible because we knew today that it would be difficult against this team, and our team rallied and pulled together. When you're six seconds away from winning it, it makes it even tougher," Whisenhunt said.

Young won his ninth straight start and improved to 23-11 in his career by driving the Titans 99 yards on 18 plays in the final 2:37. He converted three fourth downs on the drive, two to Britt. He threw for a career-high 387 yards in beating Leinart in their first meeting as professionals and first overall since the BCS National Championship Game in January 2006.

Asked if this felt like that BCS game, Young said it did - a little.

"We're in the NFL now. ... As the Tennessee Titans, I feel we fought to the finish," Young said.

The Titans (5-6) have not lost since Young replaced Kerry Collins as the starter. They are the first team to win five in a row after starting 0-6.

Arizona (7-4) snapped a three-game winning streak. Leinart made his first start since Oct. 7, 2007, as the Cardinals sat Kurt Warner with what Whisenhunt called sensitivity in the quarterback's eyes.

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