Game report: Titans 9, Jaguars 6

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The Jacksonville Jaguars, left, line up for a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JACKSONVILLE – They expected a fight.

The Jaguars got it in a big way, and it cost them the early lead in the AFC South.

Ryan Succop's 28-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining broke a 6-6 fourth-quarter tie, and the Jaguars couldn't rally as the Tennessee Titans held on for a 9-6 victory over the Jaguars in front of 64,015 at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Titans are now 2-1 in the AFC South, and are in first place in the division because of a head-to-head victory Sunday and a better division record. The Jaguars are 2-1.

The loss snapped the Jaguars' streak of seven consecutive victories at TIAA Bank Field.

The Jaguars failed to convert a first down on the series after Succop's field goal, with the Titans taking possession at their 24 after a Jaguars punt. Quarterback Marcus Mariota converted a key 3rd-and-2 on that series with a 15-yard run to the Titans 47.

The Jaguars took possession with 20 seconds remaining but the game ended with the Jaguars on their 32 as a desperation attempt at a throwback pass on the game's final play failed.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles completed 19 of 31 passes for 139 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions. The Jaguars struggled throughout offensively, finishing with 232 total yards.

Mariota completed 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions. Mariota, the Titans' normal starter, did not start Sunday because of an elbow issue. Blaine Gabbert started at quarterback for the Titans, completing one of three passes for eight yards before leaving the game with a concussion.

The Jaguars were hurt by penalties, particularly in the first half. They were penalized five times for 43 yards in the half and finished with eight penalties for 75 yards.

The Jaguars registered three sacks Sunday, including two by defensive end Calais Campbell and one by linebacker Telvin Smith. The Titans had 233 yards offense.

The Titans have beaten the Jaguars three consecutive games, winning 37-16 in Week 2 in Jacksonville and 15-10 in Week 17 in Nashville last season.

Step by step: 

*The Titans took a 3-0 lead when Succop converted a 39-yard field goal with 4:59 remaining in the first quarter; the field goal capped a possession that appeared to have ended earlier with a sack by Campbell and a fumble recovery by end Dante Fowler Jr., an apparent turnover negated by a lowering-the-helmet penalty on Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson. …

*Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo's 46-yard field goal made it 3-3 with 8:59 remaining in the second quarter, capping a drive on which the Jaguars hurt themselves with a holding penalty on wide receiver Donte Moncrief and costly drops by wide receivers Keelan Cole and D.J. Chark Jr. The Titans missed a chance to retake the lead when Succop missed from 48 yards on the final play of the half. …

*Tennessee took a 6-3 lead with a 36-yard field goal by Succop on the first possession of the second half, a drive on which Campbell registered his second sack of the game to force the field goal.

*A 38-yard field goal by Lambo with 10:39 remaining made it 6-6, with the field goal capping a 13-play, 68-yard drive that consumed 6:39. The Titans drove 65 yards on the ensuing possession for a 28-yard field goal by Succop.

Notable: The Jaguars allowed one yard passing in the first half, the third-fewest yards passing allowed in the first half in franchise history. … When the Jaguars forced a three-and-out on the Titans' first possession with a third-down sack by Campbell it marked the 26th time in 27 games the Jaguars have held their opponent without a touchdown on the game's opening drive; the sack was Campbell's second of the season. … Starting running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) missed a second consecutive game, and starting right guard A.J. Cann (triceps) also missed Sunday; nickel corner D.J. Hayden (toe) missed Sunday. Corey Grant started a second consecutive game for Fournette; Chris Reed started for Cann and Tyler Patmon moved into Hayden's nickel role with rookie Ronnie Harrison also getting time in nickel situations. … Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who entered the weekend questionable with an ankle injury, started against Tennessee. … Four other Jaguars players also were inactive Sunday: wide receiver Rashad Greene Sr., offensive tackle Will Richardson Jr., nose tackle Eli Ankou and defensive end Dawuane Smoot.

Injury report: Jaguars nose tackle Marcell Dareus sustained a second-quarter shoulder injury and returned in the second half. … Campbell left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and returned.

What's next:The Jaguars are scheduled to play the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m. in their third consecutive home game.

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