Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars last meeting
Nashville, TN – In Week 17 of the 2017 season, the Tennessee Titans hosted the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars and closed out the regular season with a 15-10 victory. With the win, Tennessee earned its first playoff berth since 2008.
The first quarter of play saw both teams punt on every possession. The Titans began the second quarter with possession of the ball, and on just the second play quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with running back Derrick Henry for a 66-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was blocked as Tennessee got on the board first, 6-0.
Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the second half at Nissan Stadium on December 31st, 2017. Tennessee won 15-10. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
The Jaguars offense regained possession but on third-and-11, cornerback Kalan Reed broke up a pass intended for Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns. Jacksonville was forced to settle for a field goal as they cut the Titans’ lead, 6-3.
Later in the second quarter, Tennessee punted the ball and Jaguars returner Jaydon Mickens was set to receive the punt. However, Mickens muffed the punt, touching the ball but losing possession.
Tight end Phillip Supernaw recovered the ball at the Jacksonville 23-yard line, and an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Jaguars gave Tennessee a first-and-10 at the Jacksonville 12-yard line. Tennessee capitalized on the turnover, tacking on a 25-yard field goal to increase the lead, 9-3.
Immediately on Jacksonville’s next offensive snap, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles completed a pass to Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole. However, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson caused Cole to fumble the ball and linebacker Jayon Brown recovered it. Tennessee capitalized on another turnover, adding a K Ryan Succop 39-yard field goal to head into halftime ahead by a score of 12-3.
In the third quarter, the Tennessee Titans were able to craft another scoring drive with first down help on a reception from wide receiver Eric Decker and a first down rush from Henry.
Succop converted his third field goal of the contest as the Titans took a 15-3 lead.
On the first Jaguars drive of the fourth quarter, safety Kevin Byard snatched possession back for the Titans as he intercepted Bortles for 29 yards.
However, on the ensuing Tennessee drive, Mariota collided with Henry as he attempted to hand the ball off. Mariota fumbled the ball, which was recovered and returned for a 67-yard touchdown by Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to make it a 15-10 game.
Tennessee Titans 15, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Week 17 | Sunday, December 31st, 2017 | 3:25pm CT | Nissan Stadium