(Reuters) - Rob Bironas booted a 40-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Tennessee Titans a 26-23 upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville on Thursday.
Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, making his second start for injured Jake Locker, completed 25-of-44 passes for 290-yards and one touchdown but showed his experience with the game on the line.
After the Steelers Shaun Suisham missed on what would have been a career best 54-yard field goal, Hasselbeck went to work with 49 seconds on the clock and marched the Titans 34-yards, well inside Bironas's range for a shot at the winning kick.
The victory was just the second of the season for the Titans (2-4) while Pittsburgh remained winless on the road in falling to 2-3.
After trading short field goals off their opening drives, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with Mike Wallace on an 82-yard touchdown pass to put the Steelers 10-3 ahead.
But the rest of the half belonged to the Titans, Bironas connecting on a 38-yard field goal before Jamie Harper turned a blocked punt into Tennessee's first rushing touchdown of the season, bulling his way into the endzone from the one-yard-line.
The Titans capped off an impressive opening half, converting a Roethlisberger interception into another 47-yard Bironas field goal to send the home side into the intermission 16-10 up.
Pittsburgh opened the second half by scoring on a Suisham 28-yard field goal then followed up with a with an 80-yard drive capped by a one-yard plunge by Baron Batch.
Suisham equaled a career-best with 52-yard field goal to push the Steelers ahead 23-16 early in the fourth quarter before the Titans offence finally clicked, Hasselbeck finding Kenny Britt with a five-yard touchdown strike to level the contest.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by John O'Brien)
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