Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 16 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 18, 2014
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 16 schedule on “Thursday Night Football” we had a battle of two cellar-dwellers in the Titans and Jaguars. Tennessee came into this one off a close loss to the Jets, while Jacksonville dropped another one to the Ravens in Week 15. These teams came in with four wins between them, but this game was very important in determining draft position for 2015.
Let’s check out the key players and statistics from the game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 17 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Tennessee got things going early, but the Jags eventually took over the game. The scoring started out in the first on a Leon Washington 8-yard reception from Charlie Whitehurst for the only tally of the first quarter.
In the second, Tennessee extended it to a 10-point lead with a 50-yard field goal from Ryan Succop. Jacksonville would retaliate late in the quarter on a 4-yard Marcedes Lewis TD from Blake Bortles to make it 10-7 heading into the break.
After halftime, Toby Gerhart gave the Jags the lead with a 1-yard TD run that was the only score of the quarter.
In the fourth, Jordan Todman posted a huge 62-yard TD run that would mark the last time either team would see the end zone. After a cosmetic 23-yard Succop field goal at the 6-minute mark, the score would remain 21-13 Jags at the end.
Tennessee is now on the fast track to getting that No. 1 overall pick, but the Jags will be up there as well when draft time comes along.
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The Stars: There wasn’t a whole lot of offense to get excited about here, but there were a few standouts among the big players. Todman would finish with 71 yards and a score on just five carries, out-gaining Gerhart, who had 53 yards on 12 totes.
On the other side, Kendall Wright came up with 73 yards on four grabs.
The Goats: Neither offense was stellar here, as Jacksonville amassed just 111 total pass yards. Meanwhile, Tennessee came up with 357 yards overall, won the time-of-possession battle 34:52 to 25:08 and still lost the game.
Neither team’s stats were necessarily bad in any one category--they were just unremarkable, just like the game as a whole.
Injuries: Both teams got out of this one pretty clean, but the Jags have at least one injury concern heading into the finale. Gerhart left the game due to bruised ribs. He tried to come back to the field, but was unable to finish things out.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action for their season finales on Sunday, December 28 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS. The Titans will host the Colts, while the Jaguars will finish up by heading to Houston to visit the Texans.
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