NASHVILLE, Tennessee | Stephen Gostkowski’s 49-yard field goal with 1:36 to play gave the Tennessee Titans the lead late. Linebacker Harold Landry then sealed the victory by intercepting Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew with 47 seconds left to clinch a 33-30 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
“We made some mistakes early in this game. We made some mistakes throughout. We did some good things, but at the end of the day we fell short. There’s some things I think that we can improve upon, obviously, and we will, and we don’t have a lot of time because we’ve got this quick turnaround,” said Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone after the game.
Jacksonville (1-1) rallied to tie the game at 30-30 on two of touchdown passes from Minshew, who connected with Keelan Cole on a two-yard score before finding Chris Thompson for a 15-yard score with 7:25 remaining
Minshew threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first QB in franchise history to throw for at least three scores in three consecutive games. Through two games, Minshew is tied for the most passing touchdowns in the NFL.
“The offensive line has done a great job so far. Starting off with the running game, they have opened some big holes and James [Robinson] is taking full advantage of that. Then in the pass game, they have been giving us a lot of time to work the ball downfield, find different guys,” Minshew said.
In the first quarter, Minshew found tight end Tyler Eifert for a 19-yard TD pass on third-and-10.
The Jaguars cut the Tennessee lead to 24-17 on a 17-yard run by running back James Robinson. The undrafted rookie scored his first career touchdown and totaled a team-high 120 scrimmage yards (102 rushing, 18 receiving) in his second career game.
“Robinson was getting positive yardage and he had a really good catch. He is not going to make mistakes and lose yardage for you or things of that nature and will try to keep the chains going, Marrone said.
Cole caught six passes for 58 yards marking his third consecutive game with a receiving touchdown. Rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. totaled 72 scrimmage yards, 35 receiving and 37 rushing, in the loss.
“Laviska is doing really well. I think one of the things that’s a testament to his work [is] being able to know all those different spots,” said Minshew on Tuesday. “And then, it’s a testament to our coaching staff being creative and just trying to get him the ball in different ways. It’s fun to see each week what they come up with and how we can include him in different ways.”
The Titans led 24-10 at halftime.
Titans QB Ryan Tannehill completed 18-of-24 passes throwing two touchdown passes to tight end Jonnu Smith along with touchdown tosses to receiver Corey Davis and Adam Humphries.
Running back Derrick Henry ran for 84 yards on 25 carries.
Defensively Jacksonville Myles Jack posted double-digit tackles (11) for the second time this season. Jack has a team-leading 22 tackles this season.
The Jaguars’ K’Lavon Chaisson recorded his first career NFL sack when he brought Tannehill on third-and-9 to force a Tennessee punt.
With the win, the Titans (2-0) are now alone atop the AFC South after the first two weeks of the NFL season.
The Titans allowed 480 yards and 30 first downs on defense.
“We have to play better,” said Titans coach Mike Vrabel. “We have to rush better. We must cover better. We have coach better. We must coach all those things better. But we were able to disrupt the football and there late in the game and got the turnover that was the difference.”
The Jaguars were home Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins (0-2).