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Opponents hit just 57 percent of FGs at LP Field

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the heyday of their AFC Central rivalry, Baltimore-Tennessee games ended in scores like 12-8, 16-14 and 16-10.</p> <p>In Week 5 this season, the Titans won in Baltimore, 13-10.</p> <p>Odds are field goal kickers <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=129" shape="rect" target="_new">Matt Stover</a> and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9235" shape="rect" target="_new">Rob Bironas</a> are going to have a bearing on the outcome of Saturday's divisional-round playoff game.</p> <p>While the NFL average on making field goals was 84.5 percent, the Titans led the NFL in opponent field goal percentage, as kickers converted just 66.7 percent.</p> <p>More significantly, opposing field goal kickers fared poorly at LP Field, connecting on only eight of 14 chances while the Titans' Rob Bironas made 15 out of his 17 tries.</p> <table align="center" border="0"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table bgcolor="#c0c0c0" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="400"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tr><td bgcolor="#005b00" colspan="4" rowspan="1"><font color="#ffffff" face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Lowest opponent field goal percentage in home games in 2008</strong> </font></td></tr><tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="background-color: #808080"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Team</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="background-color: #808080"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Opp FG made</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="background-color: #808080"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Opp FG att</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="background-color: #808080"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Opp FG %</strong></font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">1. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten" shape="rect" target="_new">Tennessee Titans</a></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">8</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">14</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">57.1</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">2. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nwe" shape="rect" target="_new">New England Patriots</a></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">5</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">8</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">62.5</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg" shape="rect" target="_new">San Diego Chargers</a></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">13</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">19</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">68.4</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle" shape="rect" target="_new">Cleveland Browns</a></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">9</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">13</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">69.2</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">5. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min" shape="rect" target="_new">Minnesota Vikings</a></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">16</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">23</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">69.6</font></td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> <p>"They rush really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They do a great job with their edge pressure, probably as good as anybody in the league, and they've got some big, physical guys inside that play really hard and bring it. I think they pressure the field goal kick unit very well."</p> <p>Might that mean the Titans will see a timely miss by Baltimore veteran Matt Stover?</p> <p>If they do, it'll be a first. He's 10-for-10 all-time at LP Field, including five-for-five on kicks over 40 yards.</p> <p>One other note on kickers:</p> <p>Baltimore's <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11923" shape="rect" target="_blank">Steve Hauschka</a> put four of his six kickoffs in the wild-card playoff game at Miami into the end zone, three for touchbacks. But he had the help of warm weather and wind. In nine regular-season games, he had just four touchbacks on 43 kickoffs. Odds are that <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9285" shape="rect" target="_new">Chris Carr</a>, the NFL's fourth-leading kickoff return man, will get some chances against the Ravens.</p>

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