Marcus Peters' interception of Ryan Tannehill with less than two minutes remaining in Sunday's AFC wild-card game secured a 20-13 victory and playoff redemption for the Baltimore Ravens over the Tennessee Titans.
After Peters gave himself up during the return near midfield, he and his teammates on defense made a beeline for the Titans logo at midfield of Nissan Stadium, with some players dancing and one, safety DeShon Elliott, stomping on it.
The way Peters and his teammates celebrated avenging last year's playoff loss, and the ensuing drama that festered in between, drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
It was the latest escalation in an NFL feud that dates back to last postseason when the then-sixth-seeded Titans upset the No. 1 seed Ravens in the AFC divisional round. Prior to the teams' regular-season matchup in 2020, Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh exchanged heated words with Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler and coach Mike Vrabel after Tennessee had huddled on the Ravens' logo ahead of kickoff.
Marcus Peters and the Baltimore Ravens defense celebrates following an interception during the fourth quarter of their AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans. (Photo: Wesley Hitt, Getty Images)
Vrabel appeared to kick up the Ravens logo, similar to what Elliott did, while walking back to his sideline following that first altercation.
Asked about the Ravens' celebration Sunday, Vrabel responded: "I coach the Titans, not the Ravens."
The #Ravens REALLY like beating the #Titans
A bit of a revenge for that logo thing.pic.twitter.com/tqXHCJUArC
Savage moment. #Ravens get the interception and dance on the #Titans logo. Revengepic.twitter.com/Hni74EiTgH
With the teams then pitted against each other in the AFC's 4-5 matchup, the game became chippy at points, with Ravens wideout Dez Bryant taking an unnecessary roughness penalty in the second quarter.
Aside from Peters' game-sealing pick, the Baltimore defense had plenty to celebrate. It contained 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry to 40 yards on 18 carries (2.2 yards per rush) and held the Titans, a top-five scoring offense in the NFL, to a season-low 13 points.
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