NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans showed why the AFC playoffs will be running through Music City.
Kerry Collins threw for a touchdown, Chris Johnson and LenDale White ran for a score apiece, and the Titans routed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-14, in a showdown of the teams with the best records in the AFC.
Tennessee clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Titans improved the NFL's best record to 13-2 with their 15th win in 17 games. But they were coming off a loss to Houston in which they failed to score a touchdown for the first time this year and were up against the NFL's stingiest defense.
They snapped back very well, ending the Steelers' five-game winning streak and becoming the first team to top 300 yards (323) against Pittsburgh (11-4) this season.
Tennessee did it without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and end Kyle Vanden Bosch, both out because of injuries.
Quoteworthy: "It sets the tone for the playoffs in the AFC." -- Keith Bulluck, Titans linebacker