In his first game as interim head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Doug Marrone found himself on the winning side of the ball for the first time in quite a bit. The Jags after a nine game losing skid, fired head coach Gus Bradley on his way back from Houston. In comes Marrone and all of a sudden this is a totally different Jacksonville squad.
The Titans had everything to play for in this contest as they were still vying for an AFC South crown and a playoff birth. This loss extremely hard to swallow, we will to that specifically shortly.
This game was all Jags from the jump as they went up 10-0 in the first quarter. After Titans QB Marcus Mariota cut the lead to 10-7 off a short TD pass, the Jags responded with another TD and field goal to go up 19-10 at the break.
Sure second half is when we are used to the Jaguars melting down and losing in heartbreak. But the third quarter went the opposite of the last nine games. As the Jags took a 25-10 lead after two field goals. In addition, Marcus Mariota would be carted off the field in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury. After that any air in the Titans balloon would be gone. The Jags would put the nail in the coffin after a trick play from Marqise Lee to Blake Bortles for a TD. Then a pick six that would make the score 38-17 and end the nine game losing streak.
Blake Bortles finally had one of those game where it made sense using a first round pick for him. He went 26/38 for 325 1TD/0 INTs.
The Titans move to 8-7 and the fate of Mariota is pending, which will be huge for their playoff chances. Jaguars today played a great role as spoiler.