The Tennessee Titans were founded in the year 1959 by Houston oil tycoon Bud Adams as the Houston Oilers. They played their first season in 1960 as a member of the American Football League, commonly known as AFL. They won their first two AFL Championships along with four divisional titles. They became a part of the NFL in 1970 during the AFL-NFL merger.
The Oilers enjoyed early success in the NFL, making the playoffs from 1978-1980 and then from 1987-1993. However, the Super Bowl was still out of their grasp. The Oilers relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997. They played one season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis due to the construction of their own stadium in Tennessee.
They played as the Tennessee Oilers for a couple of seasons but changed their name to the Tennessee Titans in 1999. They reached the Super Bowl that season but failed to lift the title. The Titans made the playoffs in all but one season from 1999 to 2003. However, since then, the Titans only made the playoffs twice in the next 13 years.
The Titans have had some great players throughout their history. They have had 16 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Legends like Earl Campbell and Randy Moss have donned the Titans’ jersey in their lifetime. The Titans are also the only team in the NFL with two players with more than 2,000 rushing yards in a season, Chris Johnson (2009) and Derrick Henry (2020).
How many Super Bowl titles do the Tennessee Titans have?
The Tennessee Titans have yet to win a Super Bowl title. They have won two AFL Championships in 1960 and in 1961. However, since then, the Titans have failed to win a title.
They went to the Super Bowl once, in 1999, but were unable to lift the trophy as they were defeated by the St. Louis Rams and their famed “Greatest Show on Turf” offense. That was the Titans’ only Super Bowl appearance. The Titans have won four divisional titles.
1960 AFL Championship
The 1960 AFL Championship was played between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Houston Oilers. The Oilers later went on to become the Tennessee Titans. This was the Oilers’ first season in the AFL and they went on to win the title in their first season. They came into the championship game with a 10-4 record. The Chargers also posted a similar record of 10-4 en route to the title game.
The Oilers won the game 24-16 on the back of a three-touchdown performance by quarterback George Blanda. The QB played in the NFL for 10 seasons and then retired from football. However, after not playing in the 1959 season, he returned to play for the Oilers and led them to a championship. The Oilers would play in the title game the following year as well.
1961 AFL Championship
The Houston Oilers found themselves in the championship again the following year. They played the San Diego Chargers this time. The Oilers came into the game with a 10-3-1 record, whereas the Chargers posted a 12-2 record. This was a rematch of the 1960 AFL Championship game where the Oilers won the game, 24-16.
As was the case the previous year, the Oilers won the game 10-3. George Blanda had a 5 interception game and yet the Oilers managed to win the game. He had the game’s lone touchdown pass and that’s all that mattered as the Chargers only scored 3 points throughout the game. His touchdown pass to Billy Cannon. This ended up being the last title of the Oilers.
How many Super Bowl appearances does the Tennessee Titans have?
The Tennessee Titans had one Super Bowl appearance against the St. Louis Rams in 1999. This was the Titans’ first season with a changed name and they raced out of the blocks for a 13-3 season. Waiting for them in the Super Bowl was the ‘Greatest Show on Turf,’ led by future Hall of Fame QB and league MVP Kurt Warner. They posted a similar record of 13-3 during that season.
It was a defensive battle in the first half though, as the Rams converted their three field goals and took a 9-0 lead into halftime. They scored first in the third quarter and increased their lead to 16-0. However, the Titans responded by scoring 16 unanswered points.
The Rams regained the lead due to a Isaac Bruce‘s 73-yard touchdown. The Titans had a chance though, as they marched down the field during the final stages of the game. The Rams were able to stop them though and ended up winning the Super Bowl, 23-16. Kurt Warner was named the Super Bowl MVP.
The Tennessee Titans haven’t won a Super Bowl yet.
The last time the Tennessee Titans appeared in the Super Bowl was in year 1999.
The Tennessee Titans play their home games at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.