JACKSONVILLE – There was ceremony, and plenty of excitement, too.
There was also a Jaguars lead into the third quarter, but as the second half wore on the defense wore down – and the reality of an injury-depleted roster showed up in a big way.
The Jaguars missed a chance for a fifth victory in seven games following the bye, and missed a chance to move to 4-1 in the AFC South this season.
The Titans’ rally came in the final game at EverBank Field for Jaguars veteran center
Meester this past week announced he will retire following the season – his 14th in the NFL and 14th with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars took a 16-6 lead early in the second half on a 36-yard field goal by
Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Washington with 14:25 remaining gave the Titans a 20-16 lead.
Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne completed 24 of 34 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown and an interception on the Jaguars’ final series, with Fitzpatrick completing 17 of 26 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
Chris Johnson rushed for 90 yards for Tennessee and Greene rushed for 91 yards.
The Jaguars led 13-6 after moving well offensively much of the first half.
Henne completed 15 of 21 passes for 181 yards in the first half, continuing a second-half-of-the-season trend in which he has started games strong. His most memorable pass of the game: a nine-yarder to Meester that gave the Jaguars a 1st-and-goal at the 1. It was Meester’s first career reception.
Henne passed four yards for a touchdown to tight end
Bironas’ 52-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in the second quarter cut the Jaguars’ lead to a point, but Bironas’ kickoff went out of bounds to set up a seven-play 60-yard drive.
Henne passed seven yards to
This came midway through the third quarter. The Jaguars took a 16-6 lead when Scobee converted a 36-yard field goal, but the Titans’ offense got traction immediately after that, moving 80 yards for Green’s 1-yard touchdown. The Jaguars went three-and-out on their next possession and the Titans moved quickly to take the lead when Washington beat cornerback
1.There may be no more memorable Jaguars highlight this year than one that came late in the first quarter. It wasn’t even a touchdown, though it did set one up. On 2nd-and-8 from the Titans 13, Meester – playing his final game at EverBank Field – lined up at tight end. The play went to Meester, with the 14-year veteran catching a screen pass and gaining nine yards to the Titans 4. The crowd at EverBank cheered wildly. One play later, Henne threw to Lewis for a touchdown and a 7-3 Jaguars lead.
2.Lewis’ four-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter continued a productive second half of the season for the eight-year veteran. He has a touchdown reception in the last four games, which is a career-high and ties a franchise record.
3.Second-year defensive end
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1.The Titans had an efficient drive going on their first series until a pair of plays by Jaguars defensive lineman forced a field goal. First, defensive end
3.The formula that helped the Jaguars win four of their first six games after the bye wasn’t there Sunday. The Jaguars turned their season around by running efficiently and being stout against the run. They held their first five opponents after the bye to fewer than yards rushing and had rushed for more than 100 yards as a team in four consecutive games entering Sunday. On Sunday, the Titans outrushed the Jaguars, 182-63. The Bills rushed for 198 yards against the Jaguars last week.
Also, Miller and outside linebacker
Miller, who had started the first 14 games despite playing much of the season with a shoulder injury, and Hayes – who also had started the first 14 games – were among seven players that also included quarterback