NFL: Titans’ Collins gets second shot at playoffs
Published 12:00 am Friday, January 9, 2009
By Theresa M. Walker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó The answer is no. Kerry Collins has not watched the 2001 Super Bowl in a long time.
Really, there’s no reason for the quarterback to relive the most miserable 60 minutes on a football field at the worst possible time. The Baltimore Ravens ripped him apart in winning that Super Bowl, sacking him four times and coming up with four interceptions.
Now eight years later, Collins finds himself two wins away from another chance at a Super Bowl title with the Tennessee Titans, and guess who’s in his way once again? Those pesky Ravens.
The perfect chance at redemption, right?
“I’m not really thinking too much about the personal side of things,” Collins said. “It’s a big game for us. I want to win it. That’s the bottom line.”
Collins is a big reason the Titans (13-3) are hosting today’s AFC divisional playoff as the No. 1 seed. After replacing Vince Young, Collins went 12-3 and exorcised some of his demons with Baltimore on Oct. 5 when he led the Titans to 10 fourth-quarter points in beating the Ravens 13-10.
“Kerry did a great job coming in managing a lot of football games, winning a lot by passing the ball or whatever he had to do,” Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said.