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Jaguars 21, Titans 13

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JACKSONVILLE, FL. — They called it the futility game. Two teams tied with the worst record in the NFL. On this night, the Jacksonville Jaguars were just a shade better than Tennessee, using a 68-yard run by Jordan Todman to open up an 11-point lead, en route to a 21-13 win over the visiting Titans at EverBank.

While Jacksonville won the game, Tennessee could become the big winner. If the Titans lose their final game of the season at Indianapolis on Dec. 28, the Titans would be in line for the No. 1 overall draft choice in next year’s college draft.

Tennessee turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth quarter when a fourth-down pass to Kris Durham came up a yard short of a first down at the Jaguars 38-yard line.

On the first play following the change of possession, Todman broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, put a move on safety Michael Griffin, stiff-armed strong safety George Wilson and sprinted to the end zone. He followed with a leap into the arms of Jacksonville fans.

Tennessee cut three points off the deficit on another Ryan Succop field goal, this one from 23 yards out with just over six minutes left in the game.

The Titans got the ball one final time with just under a minute to play. They marched down to the Jaguars 36 yard line, but quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sacked by Sen’Derrick Marks on the last play of the game to give the Jaguars their third win of the year.

Tennessee took the game’s opening possession and marched 84 yards in 12 plays. Whitehurst was perfect in the drive, connecting on all six pass attempts for 71 yards. The score came on an 8-yard toss to running back Leon Washington, a Jacksonville native.

It was the first Titans score on an opening drive in their last 18 games. Jacksonville came into the game as one of just two teams that had not allowed a touchdown on its opponent’s opening drive.

Tennessee increased its lead to 10-0 late in the second quarter when Succop converted a 50-yard field-goal attempt with 3:46 remaining in the half.

The Jaguars finally got their offense going following Succop’s field goal. Quarterback Blake Bortles directed an 11-play, 80-yard scoring march, connecting with tight end Marcedes Lewis from 4 yards out for the score. Bortles came up with a key play on the drive, gaining 9 yards on a third-and-9 play to give the Jaguars a first down at the 13. Following an incomplete pass, Bortles connected with Lewis for the score, shaving the Titans halftime lead to 10-7

NOTES: Jaguars receivers wore black T-shirts during their warmups two hours before the game that read: “I can’t breathe.” … Jaguars DT Sen’Derrick Marks earned a $600,000 bonus by recording eight sacks this season. He had 7.5 entering Thursday’s game and got QB Charlie Whitehurst on the final play of the game. … Titans tight ends coach Mike Mularkey was the last Jaguars head coach (2012) before current head coach Gus Bradley was hired prior to the 2013 season. … The Jaguars were a 3-point favorite coming into the game, the first time in their last 42 games that they weren’t the underdog. The Jaguars avoided tying an NFL record for futility in that department as the St. Louis Rams set the league mark with 43 consecutive games as underdogs (2007-10).


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