A dark, cold day felt that way too often for the Jaguars Sunday. But for the last two years that hasn't been the case.
The Titans haven't made the playoffs since 2008 and haven't won a playoff game since 2003. They'll play a home playoff game for the first time since 1999 on January 6 or January 7, and the game already has sold out.
A loss? Well, then things get complicated. Los Angeles is favored by five points over the Atlanta Falcons, who clinched a playoff berth on Sunday with a win over the Carolina Panthers. They got a win, and for at least one week, that's all that matters. The teams combine for 41 points in the fourth quarter.
In a Thursday night game, the Titans score 27 points and shut out the Jaguars in the first half. Additionally, the team has been drafting great recently, including the addition of running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 3 overall pick this past NFL Draft. They had just 232 total yards. Although the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year front-runner has been hampered in recent weeks by a lingering quad injury, he is still expected to play on Sunday, but probably won't see his usual allotment of carries.
The Titans then stretched the lead to 12-3 on Succop's 39-yard field goal.
Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor, got his fourth career start and first this year with DeMarco Murray scratched with an injured right knee. The latter could be a huge issue a Jacksonville defense that leads the National Football League in sacks.
It was Henry's first TD catch of his career. When Bortles did have time, he actually made some good throws.
Now, the team has completely turned things around.
And that's what Bortles has been, decent.
Even at 8-4, most national pundits and a percentage of the fanbase were skeptical about this team's ability to compete in a serious fashion and make a run at the Lombardi trophy. On December 24th, 2016, the Titans traveled to Jacksonville needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Yes, this year has been what some may call a bit of a "disaster" for the former Heisman Trophy victor. Unfortunately, he had another poor performance against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, finishing the game with 382 passing yards and two touchdowns while also throwing three interceptions.
The offense has perked up recently after the public outcry from the players for changes to the philosophy.
That loss for the Ravens eliminated them and moved the Titans up to No.5, and the Buffalo Bills moved into the No. 6 spot, where they will take on Jacksonville.
As previously mentioned, the Jaguars' playoff destiny is set.
The Jaguars are grateful to the League and our gracious sponsors for allowing even more fans to be there to experience the Jaguars' first home playoff game in almost two decades.
In the other AFC duel, the Kansas City Chiefs are a touchdown favorite over the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans headed are to the playoffs. "We have to win at home with two games that we have". How do they respond? Calls for the termination of Terry Robiskie, Mike Mularkey and the rest of the coaching staff have reached a crescendo. He gave up pressures early and it clearly affected Bortles throughout the game.
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