Jaguars prime Titans in regular-season finale, declare second-ever AFC South title

For weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars have seemed just like the AFC South’s finest group. 

They gained momentum in November and December because the Tennessee Titans reeled. When the groups met final month, Jacksonville cruised to a double-digit victory on the street. The Jaguars had the more healthy, stronger roster on paper led by a Tremendous Bowl-winning coach in Doug Pederson. 

Jacksonville successful the division felt inevitable, and now it’s lastly occurred. 

Trevor Lawrence threw for 212 yards and a landing and Josh Allen returned a fumble for a rating late within the fourth quarter because the Jaguars (9-8) clinched their second-ever AFC South title with a 20-16 win over the Titans Saturday evening.

With the victory, Jacksonville would be the AFC’s No. 4 seed within the playoffs, set to host the yet-to-be decided fifth seed within the wild-card spherical. 

The Titans (7-10) gave the impression to be on the quick observe to successful the sport, holding a 16-13 lead halfway by way of the fourth quarter. They had been successfully shifting the ball to maintain the clock ticking. However on the 2:51 mark, Jaguars security Rayshawn Jenkins had a sack fumble on quarterback Joshua Dobbs that was recovered for a 37-yard landing by Allen.

The Jaguars had reduce their deficit to 3 after choosing off Dobbs on the finish of the third quarter. Cornerback Tyson Campbell intercepted an underthrown ball by the sixth-year quarterback supposed for Treylon Burks, and returned it to the Titans 25. Jacksonville turned the takeaway right into a 36-yard area purpose by Riley Patterson. 

With the win, Jacksonville ended Tennessee’s season. The Titans (7-10), who finish their 2022 marketing campaign on a seven-game shedding streak, had gained the earlier two AFC South crowns. This additionally marked the primary sequence sweep for the Jaguars over the Titans since 2005. 

Jacksonville’s earlier AFC South title got here in 2017, when it made a run to the AFC championship sport. Jacksonville additionally gained back-to-back division crowns in 1998-99 as a part of the AFC Central division earlier than the NFL’s realignment in 2002.

Ben Arthur is the AFC South reporter for FOX Sports activities. He beforehand labored for The Tennessean/USA TODAY Community, the place he was the Titans beat author for a 12 months and a half. He lined the Seattle Seahawks for SeattlePI.com for 3 seasons (2018-20) previous to shifting to Tennessee. You’ll be able to observe Ben on Twitter at @benyarthur

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