Coming off of their bye week, it was expected that the Titans would play at a high level against a one-win Jacksonville Jaguars team in a last ditch effort to make the playoffs.
That was not the case.
Falling 24-19, Tennessee came out flat, struggled to complete drives and had to settle for field goal attempts on five separate occasions. Jags QB Chad Hennie was 17 for 26, with 261 yards passing and two touchdowns. Tennessee pulled within two points late in the game, 19-21, but a Jake Locker interception with 3:28 left sealed Jacksonville's second win of the season.
“We struggled all day with settling for field goals when we could have done much better than that and when you do that in this league, it ends up costing you,” head coach Mike Munchak said. “We just missed way to many opportunities to make plays and putting points up on the board and left it down to a last drive and get an interception.”
At 4-7, shockingly the Titans are not completely out of the playoff race. With a lot of help needed, Pittsburgh looks to be their only hope. The Steelers are in the last wild card slot at 6-5 but with an injured Ben Roethlisberger and the Titans holding the tie-breaker, things could come down to the wire. Pittsburgh's next five games are at the Ravens (9-2), vs. Chargers (4-7), at Cowboys (5-6), vs. Bengals (6-5), vs. Browns (3-8)
But Tennessee needs these other three teams to slide as well.
Next week, the Titans host division rival Houston (10-1). Tennessee must win their remaining five games to have a chance at moving up this wild card ladder.
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