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Titans-Jaguars Game Notes

Posted Dec 22, 2013

ON THE ROAD: The Titans’ victory at Jacksonville gave them a final road record in 2013 of 4-4.  They also earned road wins at Pittsburgh (Sept. 8), St. Louis (Nov. 3) and Oakland (Nov. 24). 

Shonn Greene rushed 19 times for 91 yards and scored this touchdown. Slideshow.

BIG RUSHING NUMBERS: Against the Jaguars, the Titans totaled 44 rushing attempts for 182 yards for an average of 4.1 yards per carry. Shonn Greene led the way with 91 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts, while Chris Johnson had 90 yards on 22 carries. The 182 yards made up the second-highest total of the season (198 on Nov. 3 at St. Louis). The 44 attempts were the most by the team in any game since recording 49 against the Jaguars on Nov. 11, 2009. 

SECOND-HALF DEFENSE: In the second half, the Titans defense limited the Jaguars offense to 85 total yards, 36 rushing yards and five total first downs. The Jaguars only converted on one third down in six attempts in the final two quarters. LOW PENALTY NUMBERS:The Titans were penalized only one time against the Jaguars for four yards, recording their best numbers of the season and the best since a zero-penalty outing against Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 2011. In the last two weeks, including their efforts against the Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals, the Titans have been penalized a total of four times for 20 yards. 

TIME OF POSSESSION WIN: For the ninth time this season, the Titans recorded a time of possession of 30 minutes or more. They held the ball for 35 minutes and 39 seconds at Jacksonville, their second-best total of the season (35:48 at Oakland on Nov. 24).   

FOURTH DOWN: The Titans and Jaguars totaled a combined season-high seven fourth-down attempts. The Titans attempted four and converted three of them. Two of their conversions came on scoring drives, including a four-yard run by Shonn Greene on fourth-and-one, which led to a second-quarter field goal, and a three-yard run by Ryan Fitzpatrick on fourth-and-two. The latter preceded the game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown. 

WILSON SEALS VICTORY: Late in the fourth quarter, safety George Wilson sealed Tennessee’s victory with a one-handed interception of a pass from Chad Henne to Marcedes Lewis.  It was the eighth-year safety’s first interception in a Titans uniform and his 13th career interception. 

WASHINGTON OVER 100: Wide receiver Nate Washington led the team with six receptions and 117 receiving yards. A 30-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter put him over the 100-yard mark for the eighth time in his career and for the third time in 2013. The last Titans player with three 100-yard receiving performances in a season was Drew Bennett in 2006. Washington’s yardage total against the Jaguars tied for the third-highest of his career. 

BIG DAY FOR GREENE: Shonn Greene led the Titans with 91 yards on 19 rushing attempts, accumulating his best totals in his first year with the Titans and his most rushing yards since a 104-yard effort as a member of the New York Jets against Arizona on Dec. 2, 2012. In the third quarter, he set a season long with a 29-yard run to set up first-and-goal from the five-yard line. Three plays later, he scored his fourth touchdown of the season (22nd career) on a one-yard run. 

MORGAN GETS FIFTH SACK: In the third quarter, defensive end Derrick Morgan recorded his fifth sack of the season, dragging down Chad Henne for a seven-yard loss. Morgan has 15.5 sacks in his career.

BLOCK BY POLLARD: Late in the second quarter, a Jaguars extra point attempt was blocked by Titans safety Bernard Pollard. It was the first blocked extra point of Pollard’s career and the Titans’ first blocked PAT since Michael Griffin blocked one against Jacksonville on Nov. 1, 2009. Pollard, and eight-year veteran, has two career blocked field goals, including one for the Titans in 2013 (Sept. 22 against San Diego).

WALKER OVER 2,000: With a seven-yard reception in the second quarter, tight end Delanie Walker went over the 2,000-yard receiving mark for his career. He totaled four receptions for 35 yards in the game. 

BIRONAS CONNECTS FROM DEEP: Rob Bironas second field goal of the game was from 52 yards, his longest field goal since a 53-yarder on Nov. 11, 2012 at Miami. Bironas entered the game ranked fourth in NFL history in field-goal percentage from 50-plus yards.

BIRONAS OVER 100 AGAIN: With a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter, Rob Bironas went over the 100-point mark for the seventh consecutive season, the most consecutive triple-digit scoring seasons in franchise history and the second-highest total in team annals. The only player with more was kicker Al Del Greco, who had 100 or more points eight times: 1992, 1993, and 1995 through 2000.

SACK FOR WIMBLEY: In the first half, defensive end Kamerion Wimbley was credited with his third sack of the season, dropping Chad Henne for a four-year loss. The play gave Wimbley 51.5 career sacks.

FIRST-DRIVE SUCCESS: For the eighth time in 2013 and for the fifth time in their last six games, the Titans scored on their opening possession of the game. At Jacksonville, Rob Bironas booted a 45-yard field goal to cap their first drive. In the last 10 seasons, the only Titans squad with as many first-drive scores was the 2012 team, which also had eight-such drives.  

McCARTHY STARTS AT LINEBACKER: Colin McCarthy recorded his fifth start of the season. The Titans started a combination at linebacker they had not previously shown this season — McCarthy at weakside linebacker, Moise Fokou at middle linebacker and Akeem Ayers at strongside linebacker.    

START FOR STINGILY: With David Stewart nursing a shoulder injury, third-year veteran Byron Stingily started in his place at right tackle. It marked the third career start for Stingily, a former sixth-round pick who was in the lineup for the final two games of 2012.    

WARM TEMP: The official temperature at kickoff was 79 degrees, making it the warmest December game for the Titans in at least the last 10 seasons.    

TITANS INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactive players were quarterback Tyler Wilson, wide receiver Kenny Britt, cornerback Khalid Wooten, linebacker Zaviar Gooden, offensive lineman Kevin Matthews, tackle David Stewart and defensive end Lavar Edwards.  

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