JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) —
Washington scored on a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter and Tennessee got a much-needed defensive stop late — both equally huge in helping the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16 and end a three-game losing streak Sunday.
Tennessee overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and won for just the third time since September, securing the victory on a one-handed interception by
|Nate Washington celebrates his 30-yard TD for the game-winning score. Click here for a slideshow from Tennessee's 20-16 victory.|
Washington made several key plays, none bigger than when he slipped behind Alan Ball and caught
The Jaguars (4-11) were in position to take the lead after that, but
It was the seventh fourth-down attempt in a fairly entertaining game, one of three on this weekend's NFL schedule with no playoff implications.
The highlight came when Jacksonville honored the retiring Meester with a reception — the pass-catching kind.
The Jaguars called a screen play for the 14-year veteran center who announced Wednesday that Sunday's game would be his home finale.
Meester spent his entire career in Jacksonville, and the team recognized him before the game by only announcing him in pregame introductions. It was a nice touch. The Jaguars also honored him after the game, presenting him with four framed jerseys.
But offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch didn't wait for the postgame celebration. He dialed up a play for Meester in the first quarter.
Meester reported as an eligible receiver, lined up at tight end and then caught the screen pass. Meester had fellow offensive linemen Uche Nwaneri and Austin Pasztor out front and plenty of open space.
But Meester ran into Nwaneri's back — maybe expected for someone making his first career catch.
Still, the play gained 9 yards and set up Chad Henne's 4-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis.
The Jaguars were up 13-6 after Henne hooked up with Mike Brown late in the first half, but Josh Scobee's extra point was blocked by
Jones-Drew finished with 45 yards, becoming the 46th player in NFL history with 8,000 yards rushing.
Henne completed 24 of 34 passes for 237 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.