NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 26, 2006) -- Adam "Pacman" Jones jumped up and down, waving his arms, encouraging the fans who stuck around to stand and cheer their Tennessee Titans.
He and Vince Young made it worth their while, too, delivering the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history with a stunning rally.
Young ran for a touchdown and threw for two more in the final 9:35 and finished with a career-high 249 yards passing. Rob Bironas kicked a 49-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to win it.
The final minutes felt like a flashback to the national championship game last January when Young led his Texas Longhorns past Southern California.
"It's a sneak peek of what's to happen not just me, but this team in general," Young said of a club that has won four of its last six in matching last year's victory total with five games left.
"I don't have the words to talk about it right now, and I probably won't when I see it. We're going to be sick about this one forever," Coughlin said.
The comeback topped the Titans' previous best fourth-quarter rally from 15 points on Nov. 1, 1987, against Cincinnati. It was the biggest in the NFL since Indianapolis came back from 21 down in the fourth period at Tampa Bay on Oct. 6, 2003, and won 38-25.
"Was it a forearm to the head, or was it helmet to helmet?" Coughlin asked. "What was it? That was stupid. It was a bad play."
Jones, who has not talked to reporters since Oct. 4, did not speak after the game. His teammates couldn't stop talking about him.
"To me, this guy is like an arcade game," Young said. "You see him on the punt return. When a guy is getting tackled, he spins out and makes a play ... You can't coach that."
Young himself scored on a 1-yard run, throwing the ball into the stands.
Tennessee forced New York to punt once more, this time out of bounds and away from Jones.
"Thank God for letting me loose," Young said.
Manning, whose shaky play in the past two losses had people questioning his confidence, had his chance to stop Tennessee's comeback. But Jones jumped up and grabbed a pass intended for David Tyree at midfield.
"A bad decision on my part," Manning said of throwing the ball instead of playing it safe.
With 23 seconds left, Young looked like a seasoned veteran as he completed two short passes and set up Bironas for the winning field goal. Bironas already had missed a 48-yarder wide right, and this time he had to kick off a bad snap.
But the ball went through.
The Giants had 3 seconds to try and lateral a short kickoff around the field before James Butler was tackled.
This loss will only increase the pressure on the defending NFC East champs. Manning was 18-of-28 for 143 yards. Tiki Barber, who had called for more touches after getting only 10 carries in last Monday night's loss at Jacksonville, had 25 carries for 82 yards. He now has topped 1,000 yards in five straight seasons and six of the last seven.
The Giants seemingly had this game won after forcing two fumbles and turning them into 14 points. Manning threw for a TD, and Brandon Jacobs ran for two himself.
But then came the fourth-quarter collapse.
Notes: The Titans had been 1-21 when trailing after three quarters through the past three seasons. ... The Titans have won four straight in this series, and they are 3-1 against the NFC East this season. ... Giants TE Jeremy Shockey dislocated a ring finger in pregame warmups. He played and had five catches for 39 yards.