The Tennessee Titans may have left their playoff hopes in San Francisco on Sunday.
A crushing 25-23 loss to the 49ers gave the Titans their second straight defeat against an NFC West opponent with a losing record, and now has them needing to win at least one and maybe both their final two games against division leader to slip into the playoffs.
“We have a chance to still get in the playoffs,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “We have to win at home the two games that we have. We have to win the first one first. That’ll be all the talk about is winning that first one at home.”
As of now, the Titans remain the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture, but now have the same record as both Buffalo and Baltimore, and Tennessee’s once comfortable margin for error is now gone after a disastrous two-week road trip.
Two weeks ago, before this Western jaunt, the postseason seemed like a foregone conclusion for the Titans, who led the AFC South at 8-4. Now, at 8-6 following Sunday’s loss on the heels of a defeat in Arizona, the Titans have to regroup against the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars just to scramble into the postseason.
The Titans had their chances Sunday in San Francisco, but left too much time on the clock, allowing Jimmy Garoppolo to rally the 49ers into range for Robbie Gould’s sixth field goal of the game as time expired.