Wade Payne, Associated Press
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, left, greets Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Mel Tucker on the field after the Titans won 23-17 in an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. The win keeps the Titans' playoff hopes alive.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Munchak takes his Tennessee Titans to Houston with a chance Sunday to cap his first season as an NFL head coach with a playoff berth.

It seems only appropriate that Munchak lead the franchise to its first playoff berth since 2008 and at least its third winning record in eight years in the city where he started his pro career and was a highly successful businessman off the field.

Munchak says reaching the playoffs has been the goal since he was promoted to head coach in February.