NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The officials gave Tennessee one final chance at the end zone, and the Titans knew they would put the ball back into the hands of quarterback Steve McNair.
So did the Baltimore Ravens.
This time, the Ravens stopped McNair short of the goal line with no time left Monday night, preserving a 16-10 victory that will rank among the wackiest finishes ever.
"We knew that's the only thing they wanted to do," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. "They weren't going to put the ball in someone else's hands. If you watch film on them, you know that they run quarterback sneaks an awful lot."
McNair thought he had scored the winning touchdown on just such a sneak minutes earlier on a hurried play with the clock ticking down. Officials signaled a touchdown, but confusion then reigned over an offsides penalty.
Officials talked with each other, then Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and Baltimore coach Brian Billick.
Finally, referee Bernie Kukar said the offsides penalty had been a dead ball foul, moved the ball about a foot from the goal line and gave the Titans one last play.
"Who wouldn't sneak it on the 1-yard line?" Baltimore linebacker Jamie Sharper said. "Our big dogs up front, Goose (Tony Siragusa) and Sam (Adams) blew up the middle, and he couldn't get any push. Then he tried to come around the outside, and me and Corey (Harris) smacked him."
The Ravens started sprinting toward the locker room, a few bottles and cups flew onto the field and Titans receiver Derrick Mason threw his helmet down and kicked a pylon.
The Titans could have thrown the ball, but Fisher said he thought McNair would find a way to score.
"We thought we'd jam it in, and the game was going to be over," he said.
McNair, playing with a sinus infection, was weak and not as sharp as he needed to be. He was 27-of-48 for 256 yards passing and a touchdown. He also ran six times for 19 yards.
"They stopped us. I can't explain it ... things happened so fast. I felt myself not penetrating, so I tried to go the right and it wasn't there," he said.
Now the Ravens (6-3) have won three straight overall and five of the last six in this series. They couldn't feel any better about themselves with five of their final seven games at home.
"(Winning) on the road in an environment like this has got to mean something," Baltimore coach Brian Billick said. "I don't know what."
The Titans (3-5) find themselves in serious danger of missing the playoffs after winning an NFL-high 13 games last season. They only have themselves to blame.
Similar to their playoff loss last January, the Titans outplayed Baltimore but came up short on the scoreboard. The Titans limited the Ravens to 55 yards total offense in the first half, and piled up 318 yards total offense against the NFL's second-rated defense, compared to 238 yards for the Ravens.
Tennessee played its preferred style of keepaway, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes.
But the Titans' special teams botched two field goals. Joe Nedney missed a 48-yarder wide left, then a holding penalty erased a 24-yarder, and a bad snap led to a turnover.
The defense also allowed Elvis Grbac, who had a 57-yard TD to Qadry Ismail in the third, to drive the Ravens down for Matt Stover's third field goal, a 30-yarder with 3:06 to go.
"This is a typical finish for us with the Titans," Baltimore tight end Shannon Sharpe said.
NOTES: The Ravens' streak now goes to 46 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Titans RB Eddie George has gone eight games without topping that mark in this series. ... Titans CB Andre Dyson sustained a concussion. TE Frank Wycheck sprained an ankle. ... Ravens RB Terry Allen broke his left hand. He had one carry. ... Sharpe will need only one reception Sunday against Cleveland to break a tie with Ozzie Newsome for most catches by a tight end in NFL history.
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