Wade Payne, Associated Press
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck runs off the field after throwing a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Hasselbeck threw for 350 yards and one touchdown as the Titans won 23-17 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans are taking inspiration from the Green Bay Packers of a season ago in their improbable bid for the AFC's final wild-card spot.

Like Green Bay a year ago, the Titans (8-7) are trying to win their final two games to reach the playoffs while needing plenty help from other teams.

Turns out first-year coach Mike Munchak used the Packers last week as an example of doing just that en route to winning the Super Bowl. Munchak said Monday players like to hear how people in similar circumstances fared.

His Titans are heading to Houston (10-5) to win Sunday in the only piece of the puzzle they control. Munchak says then they can sit back and see if one of three needed scenarios fall into place.