NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Huge problem areas went unfixed and the opponent got better.

Mix those together and the very good, very resilient Titans were still doomed to their first loss of the season, a 27-24 defeat only sealed when Stephen Gostkowski’s 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 19 seconds remaining.


Stephen Gostkowski on a kick that could have tied the game with 19 seconds left: Alison McNabb, Tennessee Titans.

The Titans have talked week after week about fixing their third-down defense. But they let the undefeated Steelers convert 13-of-18 attempts including a third-and-11, a third-and-14, a third-and-12 and two third-and-7s.

"It hasn't gotten any better," Mike Vrabel said of third-down D that has surrendered at a .610 clip. "Didn't improve."

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