NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans, contrary to what the local paper would tell you, are not in control of their playoff destiny.

Until a few minutes ago, The Tennessean has a story that published at  7:00 a.m. CT Dec. 18 that led like this. (See photo.)

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That was finally just corrected.

Jason Wolf made a common mistake that inexperienced reporters make -- he shouldn't be making it at this stage of his career -- and concluded he could figure it out. But it's complicated and he failed to get it right.

The article was just changed, and from what I saw the new version includes no mention of having been incorrect for a long time, which is incredibly weak. 

But a fan whose name I am trying to secure to give credit reached out and shared the real story.

If the Titans win out and the Bills and Ravens win out and the Jaguars beat the 49ers Sunday, the Titans would miss the playoffs.

The head to head tie-breaker would not apply because Buffalo did not play the Ravens or Titans. The next tie-breaker is conference record which would be a tie. Then it would go to common opponents. Baltimore would win that at 5-0, Buffalo second at 4-1 and the Titans would be 3-2.

I've confirmed that scenario with the Titans. 

There are plenty of others in play as well. 

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Let's discuss your demands for Mike Mularkey to be 'held accountable'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans are in a tailspin and not many are betting on them to come out of it.

Even if they win their two remaining games against very good teams, there is a route where they don’t make the playoffs.

Fans are understandably furious.MularkeyCIN

Which is when many of them show a lack of understanding about what it is I do here, and what the media does in general.

I’m not even sure what this means, but it sure feels like you think I should be getting out a hammer and nails for a crucifixion. Which I won’t.

To me, holding Mike Mularkey accountable means asking him to explain his decisions, which is what I, and the rest of the media, do every day.

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After effective no-huddle vs. 49ers, Titans must make it a staple

mdi construction barSANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Titans went up-tempo, no-huddle for only the second time I can remember outside of necessity in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Against both Baltimore and San Francisco, the Titans had success. Mike Mularkey spoke afterward about how IMG 5029those teams were somehow susceptible to it. 

It's so, so clear that Marcus Mariota and the offense are better in no-huddle. Guess what? Every team is more susceptible to better offense.

If the Titans don't do it Sunday against the Rams and on New Year's Eve against the Jaguars, I will honestly believe it's partly because Mularkey and Terry Robiskie won't want to look as if they were giving into outside demand.

My video report:

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Late-season miscommunication undid Titans' defense vs. 49ers

mdi construction barSANTA CLARA, Calif. – After good work against well-established, top-flight receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald, the Titans got shredded by a 49ers groups of targets with far less stature.

IMG 5019The 49ers’ 10 longest plays accounted for 234 of their 414 net yards and came to rookie free agent Kendrick Bourne, veteran Garrett Celek, fifth-round rookie George Kittle, veteran Marquise Goodwin and fifth-round rookie Trent Taylor.

That’s hardly a murder’s row of targets, but they gashed the Titans, with Goodwin leading the way with 10 catches for 114 yards as a consistently reliable receiver on slants.

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Titans killed their chance with third-and-2 call, execution

mdi construction barSANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Third-and-2, 1:20 left in the game, Titans at the 49ers' 32-yard line.

IMG 4902On a play that could have gotten the first down the Titans needed to force the hosts to burn two timeouts and gain ground for a game-winning field goal, they handed off to DeMarco Murray, who ran into center Ben Jones' back for no gain.

The 50-yard field goal that followed gave them a short-lived 1-point lead.

Jimmy Garappolo then carved up Tennessee, positioning the Niners for a 45-yard Robbie Gould field goal and a 25-23 win.

The conversation about the play-call after the game suggested our finger-pointing is not as cut-and-dried as we might think.

My video report on the third-and-2 play:

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Mailbag: The power of point differential

IMG 4862SAN FRANCISCO -- Greetings from the West coast. Wish you were here. Kind of.

Behold the view I had Friday night when I arrived in my hotel Friday evening.

Thanks to my travel sponsor, MDI Construction.

On to your questions.

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pickers vodka 847x63SAN FRANCISCO -- The Titans, I believe, will stay in San Jones, and Sunday's game is in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium.

I'm fortunate to have arrived early in the Bay Area to spend time with my niece and her boyfriend, And a great travel sponsor in MDI Construction and a great rate at a big-time Marriott have made it easy to stay in the big city.

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Robiskie, LeBeau on being old-fashioned in modern NFL

Coordinators2TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dick LeBeau is 80. Terry Robiskie is 63.

I spoke to each of them this week while the Titans are working at Arizona state. How do they strike a balance between whatever old-fashion football they have loyalty to and the new stuff that emerges in the modern NFL?

My video report:

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