Jaguars vs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans in the win-and-you AFC South game Saturday night, 20-16, smashing their ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2017. The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs reached the postseason after being named No. 1 overall In the draft, they are the first team since the 2008 Miami Dolphins to win their division this season after posting the worst record in the league.

The game came in the fourth quarter, as Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins stripped quarterback Joshua Dobbs from behind, and Josh Allen picked up the loose ball and ran it back 37 yards for the game-winning score with 2:51 left in the fourth. quarter. He was part of a 13-3 run in the second half that eventually earned Jacksonville the division title.

Trevor Lawrence completed 20 of 32 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown, while Christian Kirk was his leading receiver with 99 yards and a touchdown on six catches. The running game was almost nonexistent, as Travis Etienne rushed for 17 yards on seven carries.

Dobbs completed 20 of 29 passes for 179 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in his second career start. Derrick Henry was once again Tennessee’s main weapon on offense, rushing for 109 yards on 30 carries. In the end, the Tennessee offense couldn’t do enough.

Let’s take a look at what happened in Jacksonville on Saturday night.

Why did Jaguar cars win?

Week 18 hasn’t been an idyllic outing for the Jaguars, there’s no doubt about that. But Jacksonville got an W, and that’s all that matters. Lawrence and the offense flashed at times, but the game-winning touchdown came from the defense, who lost their minds in the second half.

In the final two quarters, Jacksonville’s pass quickly upped the ante against the Tennessee offensive line, holding Dobbs to just 65 yards, and Henry to just 38 yards.

The Titans put together a 10-play, 45-yard drive on their first possession of the third quarter, but the remaining drives went something like this: interception, three-and-out, three-and-out, a fumble returned for a touchdown and then a turnover on a touchdown. In the end, that defense got a win in what was a very close game, which is a good sign for the Jaguars as they prepare for the preliminary games.

Why did the titans lose

Unfortunately Titans fans have seen this movie before. Tennessee worked to gain the lead going into the first half break, but then the offense fell in the second half. The Titans only scored three points in the last two quarters.

Going into this game, Tennessee had a -95 point difference in the second half of the season, which ranked as the worst in the NFL. That statistic proved to be an accurate representation of what this crime was. Going into this game, the Titans averaged just 5.7 points per game in the second half. It is the fewest by any team since the 2014 San Francisco 49ers. The Giants finished the 2022 season having not scored 28 points in a single game. It turns out that not scoring many points hurts your team, as only five teams since the merger have made it to the playoffs without scoring 28 or more points in a game.

While it’s easy to criticize the Titans offense, they were starting a practice quarterback, who had only been with the team for a few weeks, and was playing behind an offensive line that had three of their best players on injured reserve. Overcoming adversity was too much this season, as Tennessee finished the 2022 campaign with a seven-game losing streak.

Turning point / playing the game

Trailing by three points as time expired in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars defense needed a stop. They did more than that, however, as defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins came flying around the left side and hit Dobbs from behind, knocking the ball loose at the last moment.

Josh Allen caught the ball and ran it 37 yards the other way for the game-winning touchdown.

Another Derrick Henry arm is solid

Henry’s solid arms became something of a legend, and he scored another fierce first-half layup against the game’s eventual champion, Jenkins. The Jaguars safety came ready to pass hard on the ball, but ended up on the ground.

What’s Next

The Jaguars will be watching Sunday’s action and waiting for the eventual No. 5 seed. The Los Angeles Chargers or Baltimore Ravens will either travel to Jacksonville for the wild card round. As for the Titans, back in Nashville, they will turn their attention to 2023.

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