After 17 weeks, the battle between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC South championship comes down to a matchup.
The Titans (7-9) will try to add their third straight AFC South title with a victory against the Jaguars (8-8) at TIAA Bank Field on Saturday (7:15 pm, ABC/ESPN). A Titans win puts coach Mike Vrabel‘s team in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, but a Jaguars win knocks the Titans out of the postseason and clinches Jacksonville its first playoff berth since 2017.
Despite their similar records, the Titans’ and Jaguars’ seasons have followed opposite trajectories. The Jaguars started the season 2-6 but won five of their last six games to launch into the playoff hunt, while the Titans started the year 7-3 but lost their last six games to destroy their chances of winning the division. , or possibly even the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
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The turning point for both teams came on December 11, when the Jaguars defeated the Titans 36-22. The Jaguars haven’t lost since that day and are outscoring their opponents 126-62, while the Titans are being outscored 99-63 since the loss to Jacksonville.
With a win, the Titans would win three straight division titles for the first time since the franchise’s first three years of existence as the AFL‘s Houston Oilers. Only the Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers have active playoff streaks of three years or longer heading into this postseason.
Follow below for live updates as the Titans take on the Jaguars.
Tennessee Titans score vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Live UpdatesSecond Quarter
5:24 left: Jamal Agnew returns the kickoff from deep inside the end zone to midfield. I can’t let that happen again if you’re the Titans.
5:32 left: Landing Titans! Dobbs to Chig Okonkwo down the left flank on the pylon. 21-yard TD reception.
pat ok. Titans 10, Jaguars 0. You couldn’t ask for more from this team for 25 minutes.
9:15 remaining: The first play after the turnover is a Derrick Henry screen for 19 yards.
9:22 left: Ball of Titans! The Jaguars attempt a reverse pitch, with Lawrence throwing to Jamal Agnew reversing. It never reaches Agnew. Rashad Weaver recovers the ball. Missed opportunity for the Jags, and the Titans defense will take advantage of it.
11:27 left: Lawrence to Kirk for a first down on 3 and 13. The Titans’ pass rush has yet to impact the game.
remaining 13:30: Lawrence to Travis Etienne for a first down into Titans territory.
Titans’ long drive in the first quarter ends in a field goal
1:30 left: Treylon Burks makes the catch on 3rd and 15, then tries to throw a lateral that is clearly forward. That in the world.
However, titans on the board. Randy Bullock is good from 51 yards. He ends a 17-play, 51-yard drive.
Titans 3, Jaguars 0.
1:51 left: Dennis Daley holding denies a Josh Dobbs fight for a first down. Oh!
3:53 left: Another 4th-and-3 conversion, with Robert Woods catching and running inside the Jags 25-yard line.
6:34 left: After Derrick Henry passes the hand to Racey McMath for a modest gain, Dobbs has to throw the ball away on third and third near midfield.
The Titans go for the 4 and 3, and Dobbs finds Hooper for a first down inside the Jags 40-yard line.
9:54 left: Titans go RPO at 3 and 2, and Dobbs finds Chig Okonkwo for the first down.
11:37 left: Zay Jones misses on first down, and the Jaguars’ first drive is stopped at their own 34-yard line.
13:29 remaining: The Titans go three and out as Joshua Dobbs’ third down shot is low after the rush.
remaining 15:00: The Jaguars win the draw, they differ. Here comes the Titans offense.
Pregame: Treylon Burks, active Amani Hooker
Treylon Burks and Amani Hooker, listed as questionable earlier this week, are active for tonight’s game.
DB Mike Brown, DB Davontae Harris and DL Naquan Jones are the Titans’ inactives in Jacksonville. Read more about it here.
It looks like the Titans can’t get off to a slow start tonight. Joshua Dobbs looked good last week against Dallas, but Derrick Henry should feature a lot tonight. Dobbs cannot be forced to throw more than 40 passes. And remember, the Titans had an early lead against the Jaguars in Nashville last month until the turnovers set in.
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At what time, the television channel will be Titans vs. Jaguars?
The start is scheduled for 7:15 pm CT. The game will be televised nationally on ABC and ESPN and will be available to stream online with a TV provider login through WatchESPN.
Nick Suss is the Titans’ beat writer for The Tennessee. Contact Nick at Follow Nick on Twitter @nicksuss.