Sunday, December 30, 2012
Wrap-up: Titans 38, Jaguars 20
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Tennessee Titans' 38-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field:
What it means: The Titans finished the season with their first win against the AFC South and wound up in third place with a 6-10 record. The Jaguars couldn’t beat Tennessee a second time and wrapped up a franchise worst 2-14 year.
What’s hard to believe: Late in the second and early in the third quarter, the Titans scored 28 points without taking a snap on offense. They got a 79-yard interception return from linebacker Zach Brown, followed by a 69-yard punt return from Darius Reynaud, followed by a 81-yard punt return from Reynaud, followed by a 30-yard interception return from Brown. It was the first time in NFL history a team got two returns for scores from two different players.
What’s also hard to believe: The Jaguars outplayed the Titans early, but Jacksonville simply lacks the fortitude and the skill to sustain such performances. This time it flamed out in incredible fashion to ensure another loss that earns it the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Unless the Chiefs mount a comeback and upset Denver, in which case the Jaguars would draft first.
One to watch, Jaguars: Rookie receiver Justin Blackmon was targeted 13 times and caught six passes for 79 yards. His 30-yard touchdown showcased what the Jaguars hope to get from him for years to come. He muscled the ball away from a defender and ran through and past people to score.
Added confidence: Did Jake Locker do much to carry confidence into the offseason? While the Titans' young quarterback avoided major gaffes, he threw only 15 passes, completed nine for 152 yards with no interception, no touchdown and a 94.3 passer rating.
What’s next: We wait on the owners of these teams to decide on their general managers and coaches. Will Bud Adams stick with coach Mike Munchak? Will Shad Khan replace general manager Gene Smith as expected?