NASHVILLE -- For 28 minutes and four seconds, the plan seemed to be working.
"There was no question I was getting frustrated," Johnson said of his early struggles. "But I knew if I kept running, eventually it was going to work out."
"Everybody was waiting on it," quarterback Vince Young said. "I was waiting on it, but you know that's what our coaches preach -- just take it a play at a time, three yards, five yards, and eventually (Johnson) is going to do what he does."
A breakdown of the play shows that the Titans had a decisive edge before the ball was even snapped. Tennessee lined up in their "11" personnel -- featuring three receivers and a tight end with Johnson in the backfield. The Raiders lined up in man-to-man coverage with two safeties deep, leaving them with just six men "in the box" against six Titans blockers and Johnson. It would be a mismatch Tennessee would quickly exploit.
At the snap, Young rolled right then gave to Johnson who went against the grain in a counter draw. Center Eugene Amano and tight end Bo Scaife got good blocking angles on the Raiders linebackers, while tackle Michael Roos kicked out the defensive end. This left Johnson with one man between him and the end zone, the kind of situation Johnson usually wins.