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Game Pass Rewind: Remembering the Titans win that made NFL history


Last month, the NFL announced it would offer free access to its Game Pass platform. That means fans can watch ANY game dating back to 2009.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some of the most re-watchable Browns games -- for a variety of reasons -- on the list. Today, we're going back to 2014, when Cleveland fell into a huge hole in Nashville before mounting a record-breaking comeback.

Who: Browns at Titans

When: Week 5, Oct. 5, 2014

The stakes: Cleveland came to Nashville with a 1-2 record following a close Week 3 loss to division rival Baltimore and a very early bye week. The Titans entered the game losers of three straight lopsided games.

What happened: Trailing 28-3 with 2:44 to play in the second quarter, the Browns came roaring back in historic fashion. Cleveland rattled off 26 unanswered points, capped by a Travis Benjamin touchdown catch with 1:09 to play, to stun the Titans and register the biggest road comeback in NFL history.

It was over when …: K'Waun Williams tackled Kendall Wright near midfield as time expired, preventing the Titans from answering Cleveland's go-ahead touchdown.

Trailing 28-3 with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter, the Browns come all the way back to beat Tennessee, 29-28, to notch the biggest road comeback in NFL history.

What went wrong?: Basically everything for the Browns through most of the first half. Cleveland couldn't stop the Titans through the air, and it didn't matter who was at quarterback. Jake Locker led Tennessee down the field for touchdowns on most of three straight possessions before suffering an injury that would sideline him for the rest of the game. Whitehurst picked up Locker he left off, throwing a touchdown to Wright to put Tennessee ahead, 21-3, and quickly following with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter to make it 28-3. The Browns, meanwhile, had two three-and-outs and another possession gain just 12 yards during this span.

What changed?: The Browns picked themselves off the mat after seemingly taking a knockout punch from Hunter's touchdown. For the first time all game, the Browns mounted a scoring drive filled with big pass plays, including a 21-yard catch by Benjamin and a 31-yarder by Miles Austin. Brian Hoyer's 1-yard touchdown pass to Jim Dray capped the 90-yard drive and sliced into the Titans' big lead with 30 minutes to play.

You'd have thought it was over when …: Now trailing by 15, the Browns had back-to-back 11-play drives that ended with no points because they couldn't convert a fourth down deep inside Tennessee territory.

Two points never felt so good: The Browns defense stuffed the Titans on the ensuing possession following the second stalled drive and forced them to attempt a punt deep inside their own territory. Linebacker Tank Carder stormed through the middle of the line and swatted Brett Kern's punt straight out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Suddenly, the deficit was down to 13 manageable points with 11:02 left in the game.

All about Benjamin: Benjamin, who entered the season with just two touchdowns for his career, caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to send Cleveland to the improbable victory. His 17-yarder with 6:49 to play cut the Titans' lead to a touchdown, and his game-winner gave the Browns their first lead of the game with 1:09 to play. Oddly, they'd be the last two touchdown catches of Benjamin's 2014 season before he really broke out in 2015.

You'd have thought it was over when, Part 2: The Browns could have completed the comeback even earlier, but a Hoyer interception with 5:05 to play seemingly put a massive dent into Cleveland's hopes of a miracle victory.

You'd have thought it was over when, Part 3: Faced with a third-and-10 and 3:12 to play, Whitehurst completed a pass to Delanie Walker that was originally spotted ahead of the first-down marker. Browns coach Mike Pettine, with just one timeout in his back pocket, challenged the spot. After a lengthy review, the officials reversed the call to set up a pivotal fourth-and-1.

Unsung heroes: The Titans opted to go for it on fourth-and-1, and the Browns were all over it. Jabaal Sheard, Donte Whitner and Paul Kruger completely gobbled up Whitehurst as he attempted a sneak up the middle, and the Browns had the ball back. They wouldn't let this chance slip through their grasp, either.

He said it: "I checked out fine medically this morning. So, I'm all ready to win another close game." -- Pettine

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