In September, the Tennessee Titans opened the season at Pittsburgh in a game that was billed as a battle between potential Super Bowl teams. Of course, it is likely neither team will sniff the big game, but the arc of the teams this year has been interesting.
As we all know, the Titans lost that first game to the Steelers and then lost five more in a row to begin the season 0-6. After getting humiliated by the Patriots 59-0, Tennessee regrouped and has now won six out of seven. With a 6-7 record, the Titans are a very long shot for the playoffs, but the late season rally has taken the bad taste out of most people's mouths.
As for the Steelers, they used their opening game win against Tennessee as a springboard to a hot start. Half way through the season, Pittsburgh was 6-2 and indeed looked like a team that was Super Bowl worthy. Since then, the wheels have fallen off. They have lost five in a row, including back-to-back losses to the Raiders and Browns. Their record is also 6-7 and their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.
Both teams have taken different roads to reach the same place.
That is part of why the National Football League is so interesting.