Jaguars hold off Titans to keep pace in AFC South


The Jacksonville Jaguars are half a game back on AFC South leaders the Indianapolis Colts after a 19-13 win over fellow division rivals the Tennessee Titans.

Defenses dominated in Thursday's game at Everbank Field, with the Jaguars sealing the win when Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked by Andre Branch on the final play. 

The Titans went 51 yards on 10 plays on the opening possession to take a 3-0 lead on a 47-yard Ryan Succop field goal. 

Jacksonville responded with an 11-play series that spanned 73 yards and ended with a 31-yard field goal by Jason Myers on the second play of the second quarter to tie it up.

Succop and Myers traded field goals again before the end of the second quarter to make it 6-6 at half-time.

Myers then put the Jaguars up 9-6 with a 20-yard chip shot, only for Mariota to put Tennessee back in front 13-9 with the game's first touchdown.

Mariota ran 23 yards before diving to the pylon, marking his longest run of the season and the first career rushing touchdown for the rookie.

Jacksonville's return specialist, rookie receiver Rashad Greene made the biggest play of the game for the Jaguars with a 63-yard punt return after Tennessee decided not go for it on fourth-and-inches from their 24-yard line.

The Jaguars scored on the very next play as quarterback Blake Bortles tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Julius Thomas to give Jacksonville a 16-13 lead.

Tennessee fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which the Jaguars converted into another Myers field goal to give them the final six-point margin of victory.