Nashville, TN – This week’s game renews a rare rivalry between the Tennessee Titans and the Arizona Cardinals. Of all opponents that have been in existence since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Cardinals have played the Oilers/Titans the fewest amount of times—10 games total. The Cardinals lead the series 6-4, including a win in the most recent matchup in 2013.
There have been just three Titans-Cardinals games (2005 and 2009) between the clubs in their current incarnations—the Cardinals played in St. Louis from 1960-87 (they played in Chicago prior to that), and the Titans were the Houston Oilers (1960-96) and Tennessee Oilers (1997-98) prior to taking their current name in 1999.
This week will mark the Titans’ first appearance at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006.
The last time the Titans played in the Valley of the Sun was 2005 at Sun Devil Stadium.
In that game, Billy Volek started at quarterback instead of Steve McNair (back injury), but Volek left with a concussion. Matt Mauck was called upon to complete the game but fell short in a 20-10 defeat.
On November 29th, 2009, the Titans needed a late 99-yard touchdown drive to clinch a 20-17 victory against the Cardinals at Nissan Stadium. Led by quarterback Vince Young, the Titans converted three times on fourth down on the game-winning drive, including a 10-yard touchdown pass from Young to Kenny Britt with no time remaining.
On November 1st, 1970, in the first-ever matchup between the Oilers and Cardinals, the Cardinals won by a score of 44-0. It stood as the largest shutout loss in the history of the Oilers and Titans until 2009 and began a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals against the Oilers (1970, 1974 and 1979). The Oilers then won consecutive games (1985 and 1988) before exchanging victories in the 1990s (Cardinals won in 1994, Oilers in 1997).
The Cardinals were founded in 1898, making the team the United States’ oldest professional football franchise still in existence. In 1920, they became a charter member of the National Football League (then the American Professional Football Association). They share a distinction with the Chicago Bears of being the only two of 11 charter members still operating today. The Cardinals have played as the Morgan Athletic Club, the Nor- mals, Racine Cardinals, Chicago Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Phoenix Cardinals and Arizona Cardinals.
Most Recent Matchups
2005 Week 7 | October 23rd, 2005 | Titans 10 at CARDINALS 20
Billy Volek starts at quarterback instead of Steve McNair (back injury). Volek passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and one interception but departs the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion. Matt Mauck finishes for the Titans at quarterback. The Titans score the game’s first 10 points, in- cluding a 38-yard touchdown reception by Brandon Jones, but the Cardinals answer with 20 consecutive points. The Cardinals seal the victory with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown to Larry Fitzgerald.
2009 Week 12 | November 29th, 2009 | Cardinals 17 at TITANS 20
The Titans cap a late 99-yard touchdown drive with a game-winning, 10-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to Kenny Britt with no time remaining. The Titans converted three times on fourth down on the game-winning drive. Young passes for 387 yards, and Chris Johnson rushes for 154 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown. Matt Leinart starts at quarterback for the Cardinals in place of an injured Kurt Warner.
2013 Week 15 | December 15th, 2013 | CARDINALS 37 at Titans 34 (OT)
Jay Feely’s 41-yard field goal in overtime ends the Titans’ comeback attempt. The Titans score 17 points in the final four minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime. Ryan Fitzpatrick passes for 402 yards and four touch- downs, while Kendall Wright catches 12 passes for 150 yards. Michael Preston records two touchdown receptions. Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason recovers a muffed kickoff and intercepts two passes, including one for a touchdown and one to set up the score in overtime. Rashard Mendenhall rushes for a pair of touchdowns for the Cardinals.