NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The lead slipped away, along with the game.
That wasn't the story the Jaguars wanted Sunday, but it was the one they got along with a 0-6 start to the 2014 regular season.
A 55-yard field goal attempt by Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee with 12 seconds remaining was blocked by nose tackle Sammie Hill, allowing the Tennessee Titans (2-4) to hold off a late, improbable rally and hold on for a 16-14 victory at LP Field Sunday afternoon.
Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, making his third career start on an overcast Tennessee Sunday, started hot and finished completing 32 of 46 passes for 336 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Jaguars had 379 total yards for the game.
The Jaguars trailed 16-7 late in the game before 20-yard touchdown from Bortles to Clay Harbor made it a two-point game with :37 remaining. Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds recovered Scobee's ensuing onside kick.
Bortles then drove the Jaguars into field-goal range, with an eight-yard pass to rookie Allen Hurns setting up the potential game-winning field goal.
Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, making his second start of the season in place of injured starter Jake Locker, completed 17 of 28 passes for 233 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, and led a drive late in the second quarter for the Titans' lone touchdown.
The Jaguars' offense struggled much of the game after an impressive opening drive, and two key turnovers hurt the offense in the second half.
The Jaguars used 14 plays on a late third-quarter possession to drive 61 yards to the Titans 29. They faced 3rd-and-14, trailing 13-7. Bortles threw to his left to Hurns, who slipped or tripped just before cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted and returned it to midfield with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter.
The Titans made it a two-possession game, 16-7, with a 42-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Soccup with 14:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars, trailing by nine, then drove deep into Titans territory as the clock moved past five minutes remaining. On 1st-and-10 from the Tennessee 26, Bortles passed to Cecil Shorts III, who fumbled after a 16-yard gain.
Linebacker Avery Williamson returned the fumble 41 yards to end the Jaguars' best scoring opportunity since the opening drive.
The Jaguars, who never started a drive outside their 20 Sunday, let a solid start become a halftime deficit, with Tennessee gaining momentum with a steady second quarter.
Bortles led the Jaguars 80 yards on the game's first possession, a drive capped by Johnson's 1-yard run with 11:17 remaining in the first quarter. Bortles completed 3 of 3 passes for 69 yards on the drive.
Succop's 25-yard field goal with :44 remaining in the first quarter cut the Jaguars' lead to 7-3, and a 1-yard run by fullback Jackie Battle gave the Titans a 10-7 lead with 1:04 remaining in the half.
The Titans, after allowing an 80-yard drive on the Jaguars' first possession, limited Jacksonville to 62 yards the rest of the half. For the half, Tennessee outgained the Jaguars, 188-142.
The Jaguars kept this game close deep into third quarter, and still had a very real chance to win trailing by six, 13-7. They moved methodically on a late drive in the third quarter, reaching the Titans 29 before Bortles threw a pass to Hurns that Wreh-Wilson intercepted easily after Hurns slipped to the ground. The ensuing return set up the field goal that pushed the lead to what turned out to be an insurmountable two scores. That was the turning point until the game-clinching block by Hill.
1.The Jaguars' first touchdown drive came on the opening drive of the game, and was highlighted by one of Bortles' best throws of the season. On 2nd-and-10 from the Jaguars 34, Bortles was under pressure and threw a perfect pass down the right sideline. Harbor caught the pass in stride and turned the play into a 59-yard, catch-and-run play to the Titans 7. …
2.Defensive tackle Ziggy Hood's first sack with the Jaguars came in timely fashion. The Titans faced 3rd-and-3 from the Jaguars 3 late in the first half when Hood sacked Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. That forced the Titans to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Succop with :44 remaining in first quarter. …
3.The Jaguars finished the game with four sacks, including three in the first half. Defensive end Chris Clemons ended the first half with sack on Whitehurst, and cornerback Will Blackmon had a sack late in the third quarter that forced a fumble. …
4.Rookie linebacker Telvin Smith had a nice tackle on Dexter McCluster on 3rd-and-5 from the Jaguars 6 with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. The tackle stopped McCluster a yard short and forced a 21-yard field goal by Ryan Succop that kept the Jaguars within six points, 13-7. …
Jaguars linebacker Geno Hayes was evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter, but was cleared and returned. He was replaced briefly by rookie Telvin Smith in the lineup.
Running back Toby Gerhart (foot)) was inactive Sunday along with offensive guard Tyler Shatley, wide receiver Mike Brown, cornerback Jeremy Harris, linebacker Jeremiah George, offensive tackle Sam Young and wide receiver Tavarres King.
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