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Week 13: Jaguars 34, Titans 31

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  1. Big D

    Big D Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
    Jaguars Escape Nashville

    David Garrard turns to hand off to Maurice Jones-Drew. Garrard finished with two touchdown passes.

    Oct 19, 2010

    By Harry Stone, Jacksonville P-I

    Nashville, TN- Those who said the Jaguars needed a tough test before the playoffs, well they got it.

    The Tennessee Titans were able to keep pace with the Jaguars and even move the ball effectively against the leagues #1 rated defense. However it still wasn't enough as the Jaguars were able to win their fifth consecutive game in this rivalry series 34-31.

    In the early stages of this game, it looked like the same 'ole Jaguars game we've come accustomed to this year. Their defense was stifling, stopping the Titans on their first two drives while their offense was good enough with Garrard finding Brandon Gibson on a long touchdown pass to make it 7-0 early.

    However in the second quarter the Titans offense would find its rhythm, scoring touchdowns on both of their drives and being equally effective with Chris Johnson on the ground or the scrambling Vince Young in the passing game.

    The Jaguars were able to get a Troy Williamson kickoff return for a touchdown in between in the Titans scores to keep the Jaguars seemingly in control of the flow of the football game.

    Josh Scobee would add a late field goal for Jacksonville to make it 17-14 at halftime.

    "Their offense was really effective in that first half against us," said Coach Dunlap. "Vince Young's mobility in the backfield really gave us something else to worry about. It was pretty darn frustrating."

    The Jaguars would make adjustments defensively and would hold the Titans to just a field goal on three third quarter drives.

    Meanwhile, their offense would get in gear again, with Maruice Jones-Drew breaking a 77 yard touchdown run and Josh Scobee adding another field goal. Jaguars would lead 27-17 going into the 4th quarter.

    However the Titans wouldn't be done yet. Thier offense again started to click and would become nearly unstoppable with Chris Johnson showing flashes of brilliance on the ground, scoring first on a 57 yard touchdown run.

    The Jaguars would answer back with their MVP candidate Jones-Drew, who this time would take a screen pass against a jailbreak blitz and follow his blockers 23 yards into the endzone to make it 34-24 with 4:51 to play, seemingly putting the game out of reach.

    However the Titans would again score quickly this time taking just two plays and capping it off with another Chris Johnson touchdown run.

    The Jaguar offense would go three and out giving the Titans one last chance.

    Tennessee would move the ball down to the Jaguar 20 yard line with under one minute to play. However, for the first time the quarter the Jacksonville defense would lock down and stuff Johnson on three straight run plays to set up a 4th down and 8.

    Tennessee came out in field goal formation, but Coach Dunlap got a feeling something might be up.

    "Call it Coach's Intuition I guess, but when you've played a team enough you just know when something doesn't look or feel right, and the way they called that play and came out on to the field I just knew someething was up," explained Dunlap.

    He would yell get an audible in to safety Reggie Nelson that would put two guys back in zone coverage in case of the fake. Dunlap also was trying to call a timeout, but the snap came to quickly. . .

    . . .and it was a fake.

    Kerry Collins however would throw too quickly in trying to get it to his tight end who was a couple of yards away from Nelson and would have atleast made the catch for a first down. However, the pass would fall harmlessly to the turf and the upset bid would be over.

    Coach Dunlap praised the Titans after the game.

    "It was a hell of an effort by their players, and give their coaching staff all of the credit as they had their guys ready to play. That fake field goal probably should have worked, even though we knew it was coming. That's a scary thought. We expect this team to be good and the rivalry to just get better in the future."

    The Titans (3-9) loss clinches a losing record for them, notable because this is the first time in OMFL history an AFC South team will finish the season with losing record. That is a three year streak that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.

    The Jaguars (12-0) meanwhile have given themselves a little more breathing room in the race for the #1 overall seed and homefield advantage in the playoffs. The Patriots (10-2) loss to the Jets give Jacsksonville a two game lead with just four games to play.

    Jacksonville returns home next week to take on the Oakland Raiders.


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