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 Finally! Titans Delivers Music to Music City! Mariota Rushes Team to High V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!


Ashley Braun

By Ashley Braun, Sports Correspondent


The Mid-South Tribune

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NASHVILLE, TN, Dec. 6, 2015 - Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars started off rather slow with the first three possessions going three and out. However, the game quickly took a turn with very few non-scoring drives.

The Titans' first scoring drive came on their second possession of the first quarter. The drive consisted of 12 plays for a total of 80 yards, including a 26-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, a 9-yard gain by David Cobb and two 9-yard gains by Kendall Wright. Mariota found Craig Stevens for a 10-yard touchdown and Ryan Succop added the extra point.

Jacksonville answered on their next drive. Blake Bortles found Tyson Alualu for a gain of 16 yards and later in the drive threw a deep pass to Allen Robinson for 31 yards to end the quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Jacksonville finished their drive when Rashad Green scored a 2-yard touchdown. Kicker Jason Myers was unable to stay between the bars on the extra point attempt, leaving the Titans with a 1-point advantage.

Tennessee wasted no time finding the end zone again. Antonio Andres ran the ball for a combined total of 41-yards. Delanie Walker picked up a total of 38 yards on two plays followed by a 7-yard touchdown. With the extra point, the Titans advanced their lead to 14-6.

Both teams would score again before the end of the first half. Jacksonville's Davon House intercepted a long pass intended for Green-Beckham, giving the Jaguars the ball on their own 34-yard line. Several plays later, T.J. Yeldon ran the ball for a 1-yard touchdown. The Jaguars failed to score on their two-point conversion attempt leaving them 2 points behind Tennessee.

The Titans made the most of the final two minutes of the half. Green-Beckham caught two deep passes, the first for a 20-yard gain and the second for 17. Walker caught two short passes for a total gain of 19 yards, Wright picked up 10 yards, and Douglas added 8 more. This set Andrews up for a 1-yard touchdown with only 5 seconds remaining in the half. Succop's extra point gave Tennessee a 21-12 lead at half time.

Unable to convert on their first possession of the third quarter, Tennessee punted the ball to Jacksonville who maintained possession for more than 10 minutes. Fourteen plays later, A. Robinson scored a 1-yard touchdown followed by the first extra point made by Meyers. 

Mariota and the Titans stepped up their running game on the next drive. The quarterback scrambled to the right for a gain of 2 before running the ball for a gain of 4 followed by a gain of 11. Cobb picked up a total of 14 yards on two runs before Mariota lost 8 on his second sack of the drive. He recovered on the next play by throwing a deep pass into the hands of Green-Beckham for a 47-yard touchdown. Succop's extra point gave the Titans a 28-19 lead.

Jacksonville answered immediately with a deep pass of their own caught by A. Robinson for a gain of 44 yards. He added 8 more yards before scoring an 8-yard touchdown. The Jaguar kicker missed the extra-point attempt for the second time of the game kicking the ball wide left. This left Jacksonville down by a field goal with under12 minutes remaining.

The next drive did not go quite as the Titans had hoped. Mariota was sacked on 3rd and 8 and fumbled the ball. Jacksonville recovered on the 9-yard line. Julius Thomas caught a short pass from Bortles for a 9-yard touchdown. Meyers added the extra point and gave Jacksonville their first lead of the game, 32-28.

Unhappy with the last drive, Mariota took things into his own hands. On 3rd and 7 he ran the ball for an 87-yard touchdown, the third longest touchdown run by a QB since 1960.

The wild scoring plays did not stop there, though. On the next drive, Jacksonville fumbled the ball on 2nd and 4 and Tennessee's Wesley Woodyard recovered the ball and ran 3 yards into the end zone. This put Tennessee up 42-32 with just over 7 minutes remaining in the game.

Jacksonville answered with a 7-yard touchdown from A. Robinson after a huge 67-yard gain by Yeldon. This put the Jaguars down by a field goal with 8 minutes remaining. Luckily, the Titans were able to keep the Jaguars out of field goal position and took their third win of the season, 42-39.

Tennessee travels to New York to face the Jets next Sunday followed by the Patriots. They will return home after Christmas to face the Houston Texans.

Game Notes:
Mariota completed 20 of 29 passes for 268 yards. He became the first player in NFL history with 250-plus passing yards, 100-plus rushing yards, and three touchdowns passed in a single game.
Mariota tied Peyton Manning's rookie record of 4 games with 3 or more touchdown passes.
Dorial Green-Beckham had a career-high 119 rushing yards.
Delanie Walker set a new career high for receptions in a single season.
Jurrell Casey recorded his 27th career sack on his 6th sack of 2015.








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