NFL Game Recap - Jacksonville at Tennessee
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

CIN
30
CLE
35
F
JAX
30
TEN
33
F
CAR
17
TB
31
F
DEN
21
PIT
26
F
LAR
37
PHI
19
F
SF
31
NYJ
13
F
BUF
31
MIA
28
F
MIN
11
IND
28
F
DET
21
GB
42
F
ATL
39
DAL
40
F
NYG
13
CHI
17
F
WAS
15
ARI
30
F
KC
23
LAC
20
F OT
BAL
33
HOU
16
F
NE
30
SEA
35
F
NO
24
LV
34
F

Sep 20, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Jacksonville (1-1)

7

3

7

13

30

Tennessee (2-0)

14

10

6

3

33

Gostkowski kicks 49-yarder as Titans beat Jaguars 33-30
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:45 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans know good teams win ugly games, and being 2-0 for the first time in 12 years has a way of making any victory look much prettier.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left, and the Tennessee Titans remain undefeated after holding off the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-30 Sunday.

"To get a chance to win at the end of the game, that's what you practice for," said Gostkowski, who kicked his second straight game-winner after struggling in the opener. "Luckily we were able to come through today. It's exciting to get the win and get the Titans to 2-0."

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Gostkowski came up huge for the Titans on something that wasn't a chip shot.

"t was a tough kick in a crucial point in the game and had nothing but confidence he was going to bang it through, and that's exactly what he did," Tannehill said.

Jeffery Simmons batted a pass by Gardner Minshew, and Harold Landry III grabbed the ball out of the air with 47 seconds left to seal the victory.

This is the Titans' first 2-0 start since 2008, the most recent season this franchise won the AFC South. They also won their seventh straight against divisional rival Jacksonville in Nashville after nearly blowing a 24-10 halftime lead.

"Excited to be 2-0 for the first time here in Tennessee," third-year Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans sacked Minshew twice and picked him off twice.

"That last one sucks," Minshew said. "Ball got tipped up in the air. Just a bad way to lose."

Minshew finished throwing for 339 yards and three TDs, his final two coming in the fourth quarter as he tried to rally the Jaguars (1-1). His final TD pass, a 14-yarder to Chris Thompson, tied it up at 30 with 7:25 left as the Jaguars (1-1) tried to snap their Music City skid.

The Jaguars outgained Tennessee 480-354, but they wouldn't score again. Coach Doug Marrone said they just weren't able to make the play to get them over the top.

"These guys are going to continue to get better," Marrone said. "I don't want to say growing pains because I really feel like those guys can do it. There may be plays they lose, but that's football."

The Jaguars revamped their defense to defend Derrick Henry better after the 2019 NFL rushing leader had run for 498 yards against them since the start of the 2018 season, most the Titans running back has had against any AFC South team. They held him to 84 yards on 25 carries.

So the Titans turned to Tannehill, the quarterback who led the NFL in 2019 with a 117.5 passer rating.

Tannehill opened the game finding a wide-open Jonnu Smith for 63 yards before hitting Smith for a 13-yard TD two plays later. Tannehill added a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Davis on the next drive and threw a 4-yarder to Smith late in the first half. He also tossed an 18-yard TD to Adam Humphries in the third.

TANNEHILL'S DAY

He set a franchise record with two TD passes within the first 10 minutes. It was his ninth straight game with at least two TDs, breaking the team mark held with Marcus Mariota who set the record in 2016. This also was Tannehill's third career game with four TD passes and first since Oct. 25, 2015, in a win for Miami over Houston.

"He was on fire," Henry said. "He did a great job in the red zone. It's just what he does."

Tannehill also leads the NFL since Week 7 of last season with 10 straight games with at least two TDs and no interceptions. Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson of Baltimore and Drew Brees of New Orleans went into Week 2 with six such games.

SPECIAL TEAM STRUGGLES

Gostkowski also made a 51-yarder at the end of the first half after an ugly performance in the opener. But he did hit a left upright after Tannehill's fourth TD pass.

The Jaguars struggled in the kicking game. They tried a squib kick with 12 seconds left in the first half that the Titans easily recovered. Two plays later, Gostkowski made it a 24-10 halftime lead. Then rookie Chris Claybrooks, a Nashville native, fumbled the opening kick of the second half.

INJURIES

Jaguars center Brandon Linder went down on the opening drive of the third quarter with a knee injury and limped to the sideline where he needed help to the bench. He did not return and was replaced by Tyler Shatley.

Titans cornerback Johnathan Joseph hurt a leg in the second half and did not return. Center Ben Jones limped to the sideline early in the fourth quarter but returned.

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Host Miami on Thursday night.

Titans: Visit Minnesota on Sunday.

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(This story has been corrected to show Ryan Tannehill set a franchise record with at least two touchdown passes with his ninth straight such game, not his 10th.)

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Passing

JAX Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
G. Minshew 45 30 66.7 3 339 45 2 92.7 2
TEN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
R. Tannehill 24 18 75.0 4 239 63 0 145.7 1

Rushing

JAX Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Robinson 16 102 6.4 39 1
L. Shenault 5 37 7.4 14 0
TEN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Henry 25 84 3.4 14 0
R. Tannehill 4 12 3.0 8 0

Receiving

JAX Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Chark 4 84 21.0 45 0
K. Cole 6 58 9.7 23 1
TEN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Smith 4 84 21.0 63 2
A. Humphries 5 48 9.6 18 1

Team Stats Comparison

JAX TEN
Points For 30 33
Total Yards 480 354
Rushing Yards 165 123
Passing Yards 315 231
Passing Completions / Attempts 30/45 18/24
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 0/0
First Downs 30 23
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 3 4
Penalties - Yards 8/60 4/30
Time Of Possession 33:22 26:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/14 7/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 4/5 4/4
Sacks Against 2 1
Punts - Average Yards 2/40 3/41
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/0 1/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/0 4/14

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter JAX TEN
TEN 1:38 TD Jonnu Smith 13 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 0 7
TEN 9:17 TD Corey Davis 9 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 0 14
JAX 11:17 TD Tyler Eifert 19 yd pass from Gardner Minshew II (Josh Lambo kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter JAX TEN
TEN 13:13 TD Jonnu Smith 4 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 7 21
JAX 14:48 FG Josh Lambo 35 yd FG 10 21
TEN 15:00 FG Stephen Gostkowski 51 yd FG 10 24
3rd Quarter JAX TEN
JAX 7:56 TD James Robinson 17 yd run (Josh Lambo kick) 17 24
TEN 12:56 TD Adam Humphries 18 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (missed kick) 17 30
4th Quarter JAX TEN
JAX 0:44 TD Keelan Cole 2 yd pass from Gardner Minshew II (missed kick) 23 30
JAX 7:35 TD Chris Thompson 14 yd pass from Gardner Minshew II (Josh Lambo kick) 30 30
TEN 13:24 FG Stephen Gostkowski 49 yd FG 30 33

Game Information

Stadium: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:59
Weather: