By Karen Christensen // @ksc47
Tennessee Titans 26 – New York Jets 22
It was another ugly start for the Titans. Their possession of the game ended with quarterback Marcus Mariota being sacked. Since the Titans lost to division rival Houston Texans last week 34-17; one would think that the Titans would come out with guns blazing.
Every Tennessee player on the field looked like they were wishing they were somewhere else or they were in a trance state. Mariota had a pass intercepted in the first quarter; Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson returned the ball 31 yards and got a touchdown, giving the Jets a 10-0 lead.
The Jets also blocked a punt in the second quarter which set them up for a second field goal. Then, they blocked Titan’s kicker Ryan Succop’s attempt to add an extra point before the end of the first half. The only glimmer of hope in the first half came from Titan’s tight end Anthony Firsker’s first NFL touchdown after a 12-yard pass from Mariota. At the end of the half, the score was 16-6 in favor of the visiting Jets.
And now that the Titans had a touchdown, are they invigorated and ready to start the third quarter? That would be a no.
They let the Jets have a huge kick return, wide receiver Andre Roberts with a 61 yarder. The Titans did score in the third quarter; one touchdown by running back Derrick Henry and two field goals by Succop. Both of the field goals game after long passes by Mariota to WR Taywan Taylor.
The team just could not get in for touchdowns and had to settle for field goals. It was frustrating to the 3-9 Jets, playing with their backup quarterback Josh McCown, beating the Titans on their home turf.
It wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that it looked like the Titans were going to pull off a win. With only 36 seconds left in the game, Mariota threw a touchdown pass to WR Corey Davis, giving Tennessee the lead for the first time in the game.
To end the game, Titan’s cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted the Jets quarterback. Titans’ fans could finally celebrate after this nailbiter of a game.
The Titans are now 6-6 and have a slight chance to still get a wild-card game to get into the playoffs.
#Titans still have their work cut out for them in terms of postseason chase. After tiebreakers, they’re 10th in the AFC. Baltimore (7-5) currently has 2nd wildcard spot, followed in order by Miami (6-6), Indy (6-6), Denver (6-6) and Tennessee (6-6).
— John Glennon (@glennonsports) December 3, 2018
The Titans will be playing this Thursday night at Nissan Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not much of a rest between games for players or fans. Tennessee needs to rally again to get a victory or the season is over.
— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2018
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