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NFL Recap (Tennessee-New England)
Posted: Sun September 20, 1998 at 5:56 p.m. EDTNEW ENGLAND 27, TENNESSEE 16
FOXBORO, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Terry Glenn's 51-yard touchdown catch with 4:25 remaining gave the New England Patriots the lead for good and safety Lawyer Milloy added a 30-yard interception return for a score 19 seconds later in a 27-16 victory over the Tennessee Oilers.
The game was knotted at 13-13 through three quarters before Al Del Greco's 45-yard field goal put Tennessee on top with 10:54 to play. But New England answered 6 1/2 minutes later when Drew Bledsoe hit Glenn on a slant over the middle and the receiver continued down the right sideline for the go-ahead score.
"Terry made the right cut at the right time on the touchdown," said Bledsoe. "Then he made a great effort on his own to finish the play. This is huge. We got the big play when we needed it and that was the story of this one. Tennessee is a real dangerous team and we're happy to get this one."
On Tennessee's next possession, Steve McNair attempted a pass to Yancey Thigpen, who was not in the area, on second down and Milloy easily picked it off and raced 30 yards untouched into the end zone. It was McNair's first interception and the Oilers' first turnover of the young season.
"Last week it was Ty (Law). He got to return one and dance," said Milloy. "This week, it's me. I started the celebration. Our defense is making big plays and I'm just lucky that today was my turn."
"I was throwing to a zone, not to anyone in particular," said McNair. "We ran an in and I threw an out and they took it in from there. We fought them hard, that doesn't get us much."
Bledsoe finished 18-of-30 for 250 yards, while Glenn had four receptions for 102 yards. Tight end Ben Coates, who did not play last week due to a sprained ankle, caught two passes for 15 yards.
"What a great play to see from Terry (Glenn)," said Patriots coach Pete Carroll. "Big players make great plays and that was one of them. Drew and Terry just had timing together and that time it connected. Lawyer was just sitting back on his play. What a great win heading into the bye week. We've earned the week off."
The game also featured the emergence of rookie Robert Edwards, who entered the game with 86 yards rushing in two games. The 18th overall pick carried the ball 12 times for 92 yards, including a seven-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Del Greco gave Tennessee a 3-0 lead 8:46 into the game when he booted a 34-yard field goal, but New England came right back with Adam Vinatieri's 43-yarder with 73 seconds to go in the first quarter.
The Oilers assumed another three-point lead with Del Greco's 26-yard field goal with 1:57 left in the half before Vinatieri converted a 41-yarder on the final play to force a tie at the intermission.
The game's first touchdown occurred 4:04 into the third period when Eddie George caught a screen from McNair and raced 22 yards into the end zone with the help of a pair of blockers clearing the way. George had a 24-yard run on the first play of the six-play drive.
New England retaliated on its next series, moving 77 yards on 10 plays to even the score at 13-13. Bledsoe connected on 27 and 16-yard passes to Glenn and Vincent Brisby during the drive that resulted in Edwards' third career TD run.
McNair completed 28-of-38 passes for 202 yards with two interceptions. George, Glenn's former teammate at Ohio State, gained 100 yards on 23 carries and caught four passes for 60 yards.
"What we need is someone to start coming up with big plays in the last couple of minutes of a ballgame," said Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher. "That's something we didn't get today."
New England (2-1) has won three of the last four meetings with the Oilers (1-2) and leads the all-time series, 18-15-1. The teams were meeting for the first time since 1993.
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