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Dramatic heave, reception lift Titans to win

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After starting the season with two road games, the Tennessee Titans on Sunday were on home ground as they faced off against the San Diego Chargers, who were flying high after a big victory over Philadelphia.

The Titans franchise had not beaten the Chargers since 1992 when the Titans were then doing business as the Houston Oilers. That drought ended with a stellar performance from Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Locker threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left and the Titans rallied to beat San Diego 20-17 at LP Field in Nashville.

The catch was Hunter's first NFL reception and the timing couldn't have been better.

 

 

"Honestly, once I threw it and saw them both jump to go up for it, he was so much higher than the guy guarding him, I started celebrating," Locker said of his winning pass.

Locker finished with 299 yards passing and 68 yards rushing, with one touchdown. "That's a huge game for him and this football team," head coach Mike Munchak said of Locker.

San Diego (1-2) led most of the game despite being banged up with three starters out because of injuries.

"We had every opportunity to win the football game with the guys who were playing," said Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. "We just didn't get it done at the end."