Week 11: Jaguars 38, Titans 31

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    Jaguars Beat Back Titans for 7th Straight Series Win

    January 16, 2011
    By: Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer

    Nashville, TN- The echoes could be heard throughout the OMFL prior to this season. There was a rejuvenated force in the AFC South that would challenge the two year reign of Jacksonville, a force that had the potential to snatch the division out of the firm hold of the Jaguars.

    That force, the Tennessee Titans, have now been beaten back twice this season and barring a massive collapse the Jacksonville Jaguars are on their way to a third consecutive division championship.

    This week the Jaguars beat the Titans in impressive fashion, exploding to a 28-7 lead before cruising towards a 38-21 final.

    The game wasn’t without initial drama though as both defenses played stout through the first 14 minutes of play, with only one touchdown coming from each team. Jacksonville got theirs through the air on a 32 yard post corner from Matthew Stafford to Tiquan Underwood, which the Titans would find Chris Johnson on a 39 yard pass to tie the game in the early second quarter.

    The offenses would stagnate and the game would wind its way towards halftime.

    However with less than two minutes left in the second quarter the Jacksonville offense would awaken with a fury as Stafford would again find Underwood, this time on a 34 yard touchdown pass.

    Then, after a Vince Young interception the Jaguars would again go to the air and Stafford would connect with Brandon Gibson for a 10 yard touchdown.

    Just like that the game went from a 7-7 slobberknocker to a 21-7 Jaguars lead in less than two minutes.

    Things would just get worse for the Titans after halftime as their offense continued to be stymied by the Green Machine defense of Jacksonville.

    After a Titans three and out, the Jaguars would finally start to run the football effectively with Maurice Jones-Drew. The reigning OMFL MVP would get multiple carries on a time consuming drive and cap it off with a 3 yard touchdown run.

    The Titans would try to fight back in the late stages of the game as they would get a Vince Young touchdown run and another Young touchdown pass to get closer. However Jacksonville would add another touchdown late to put things out of reach, this one a 58 yard bomb from Stafford to rookie Derrick Kimble to seal the victory.

    Jacksonville would use one of its most balanced offensive attacks of the season in the victory. Stafford finished 15/23 for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns. Meanwhile Maurice Jones-Drew returned to form with 22 rushes for 119 yards and a touchdown, along with four receptions for 57 yards.

    Vince Young would again have a lot of yards against the Jaguar secondary, completing 21 of 37 pass attempts for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    However, as has been the story recently in this rivalry Chris Johnson was a non-factor for the Titans in the running game, carrying 18 times for only 47 yards. Johnson however did catch 7 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, proving to be Young’s favorite target on the day.

    While the win cements Jacksonville as the clear favorite in the AFC South, the Titans now find themselves on the outside looking in at the AFC Playoff picture. Tennessee must hope that either the Jets or Dolphins begin to falter if they have hopes of returning to the playoffs after a one year hiatus.

    Jacksonville (9-1) now prepares for a battle with AFC West leading Kansas City (6-4).
     

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