Jacksonville Jaguars Fall to 1-1 on Season After Losing to the Tennessee Titans 33-30
By John Oehser, Jaguars.com // September 20, 2020
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(Jaguars.com) – They thrilled, they rallied – and the Jaguars again looked impressive offensively. _Really _impressive.
What they didn’t do is win.
The Jaguars limited Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry – comparatively.
They also continued to produce points early this season. But a dramatic Jaguars second-half rally wasn’t enough – and the result was a 33-30 Titans victory in an early-season AFC South game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday afternoon.
“Credit to Tennessee,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said. “They were able to make some plays, and at the end of the day we weren’t able to make a play to get us over the top or stop a play. That’s where we are.”
Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski converted a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining to take a three-point lead, setting up the Jaguars’ final drive.
Titans defensive end Harold Landry intercepted a batted pass at the line of scrimmage to end the drive. Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got his hand on the pass.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 24 passes for 239 yards and a career-high four touchdowns with no interceptions. Three of the touchdowns came in the first half as Tennessee took control of the game’s momentum before the Jaguars rallied from a double-digit deficit to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Henry had rushed for 397 yards and six touchdowns in the teams’ last two meetings in Nashville – two one-sided Titans victories the past two seasons. The Jaguars held him to 84 yards on 25 carries Sunday.
Tannehill’s productivity was enough to counter an impressive day for the Jaguars’ offense.
ABOVE VIDEO: Tennessee running back Derrick Henry addresses reporters following Tennessee’s 33-30 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II, a week after completing 95 percent of his passes in a Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, completed 30 of 45 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. The first interception came in the first quarter and led to a Titans touchdown.
“We don’t need to be getting down 13 in the first place,” Minshew said. “I think if we jump out and play every quarter like we played that fourth, we’re going to be a really, really good football team.”
The Jaguars registered one sack – by rookie defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson. They did not force a turnover after forcing two against Indianapolis in Jacksonville last week.
“I think overall, I think as our team, as we grow, we’ve got to learn from these things and continue to push to get better and get our side get back on this winning side of things,” Marrone said.
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