Titans Upset Jaguars, Secure AFC South Title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans played spoiler on Sunday, defeating division rival Jacksonville Jaguars 28-20. With the loss, the Jaguars have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Houston Texans clinched the AFC South division title and will host the Cleveland Browns as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers also secured playoff berths with wins in their respective games.

The Titans took an early lead, entering the fourth quarter with a 28-13 advantage. However, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence rallied his team with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram, cutting the deficit. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the Titans’ defense stepped up, stopping the Jaguars on a 4th-and-goal play from the 1-yard line. The Jaguars had one last chance to tie the game with 2:18 remaining, but Lawrence missed a wide-open Calvin Ridley in the end zone. The Titans held on, securing the victory.

Tennessee relied heavily on running back Derrick Henry, who recorded 153 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a solid performance, completing 17 of 26 passes for 168 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Defensively, the Titans forced two turnovers, intercepting Lawrence twice. Despite throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns, Lawrence couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell to 0-5 in games where the Jaguars trailed by 15 or more points.

The Jaguars’ season ends on a disappointing note. After a promising start with an 8-3 record, they lost five of their final six games, missing out on a second consecutive AFC South championship. Injuries and mistakes plagued the team, preventing them from reaching their potential.

As for Lawrence, he now becomes eligible for a contract extension. Although he faced numerous injuries and his performance declined, Lawrence remains determined to improve in the upcoming season.

Derrick Henry had a memorable game for the Titans, potentially ending his tenure with the team as a free agent. He rushed for 153 yards, including a 69-yard run, and solidified his place as a fan favorite in Nashville. Whether the Titans decide to re-sign him or not, Henry’s impact on the team and the city cannot be denied.

With the regular season over, attention now shifts to coach Mike Vrabel and his future with the Titans. Rumors have circulated about potential unrest within the organization, but Vrabel has expressed his desire to stay with the team. The Titans must address these concerns and provide clarity to their fans.

In conclusion, the Titans’ victory against the Jaguars eliminated Jacksonville from playoff contention and secured the AFC South division title for the Houston Texans. The Bills and Steelers also clinched playoff berths. The Jaguars, after an initially promising season, faltered down the stretch due to injuries and mistakes. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence now looks ahead to a potential contract extension and a chance to improve in the upcoming season. Running back Derrick Henry had a standout performance, possibly bidding farewell to the Titans. The team now faces questions about coach Mike Vrabel’s future and must address any unrest within the organization.