Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tennessee Titans kick returner Darius Reynaud (25) downs the ball on the opening kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The play was called a safety as he picked the ball up and backed into the end zone. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans’ Darius Reynaud make embarrassing mistake to start season


Here’s one you don’t quite see every day as the Tennessee Titans started the 2013 season in the most embarrassing way possible.

Return man Darius Reynaud lined up to receive the game’s opening kickoff from the Steelers. The ball bounced into his hands and he knelt down for what looked like a routine touchback.

Not so fast.

Reynaud actually touches the ball at the one-yard line and then brought it into the end zone before kneeling down.

If you are scoring at home, that is a safety.

Titans return man Darius Reynaud starts the season off in embarrassing fashion. GIF credit: Sid Saraf, FOXSports.com

Welcome to the 2013 season.

Mike Munchak’s team entered the season filled with hope, but that’s not exactly the recipe he and his staff drew up to start the season.

Reynaud’s gaffe not only gave the Steelers a gift of a 2-0 lead, but also likely gave the Steelers unofficially the quickest score to start a season in history as I have a hard time thinking another team scored points in under three seconds.

The safety turned out to be a big play in what has been a crazy first half that has featured an injury to Steelers’ Pro-Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and several turnovers.

The two points actually held up until late in the first half when the Titans took a 7-2 lead with 0:44 left in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from Jackie Battle following an interception of Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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  • Modesto Koczwara

    Oh well, it didn’t harm us!