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Jaguars vs Titans in-game blog

Senior Editor Vic Ketchman blogged the game, giving insight and analysis about the game in progess. * On 1/1/2006 1:44 PM, Vic wrote:
*(2:30 before kickoff)
Happy new year! The day is warm and overcast. We're all waiting to find out what Byron Leftwich's status is for today's game. I'll let you know as soon as I find out. The inactives should come about 2:30 p.m.

On 1/1/2006 2:46 PM, Vic wrote:
(1:15 before kickoff) Byron Leftwich is the Jaguars' "third quarterback." That means we shouldn't expect him to play before the fourth quarter. I'll follow with the other inactives in a few minutes.

On 1/1/2006 2:49 PM, Vic wrote:
(1:10 before kickoff) Here are the Jaguars' inactives: Leftwich "third quarterback," Fred Taylor, Greg Jones, Rich Alexis, Chris Naeole, Brett Romberg, Paul Spicer and Reggie Hayward.

On 1/1/2006 2:51 PM, Vic wrote:
(1:05 before kickoff) Here are the Titans' inactives: Steve McNair "third quarterback," Chris Brown, Rich Gardner, Daniel Loper, David Stewart, Gregg Guenther, Jared Clauss and Marcus White. Tyrone Calico was put on injured reserve.

On 1/1/2006 3:01 PM, Vic wrote:
(one hour before kickoff) David Garrard will be the Jaguars' starting quarterback today.

On 1/1/2006 4:11 PM, Vic wrote:
(update) The Patriots have lost to the Dolphins. The Jaguars are going to New England.

On 1/1/2006 4:14 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars first possession) Jimmy Smith needs nine yards receiving to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season in nine of the last 10 seasons.

On 1/1/2006 4:17 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars first possession) There it is. Smith just caught one for nine yards. He has exactly 1,000 yards receiving. He needs two more catches for 70.

On 1/1/2006 4:18 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars touchdown, 11:09) Alvin Pearman runs it up the middle for six yards. The drive was 62 yards in nine plays. The Jaguars cut through the Titans defense with ease.

On 1/1/2006 4:20 PM, Vic wrote:
(Garrard update) David Garrard is off to a fast start; four of six for 39 yards. He looks comfortable and decisive. If he keeps playing like this, he'll make it awfully tough not to start him next week in New England.

On 1/1/2006 4:21 PM, Vic wrote:
(Scobee touchback) That's Josh Scobee's 20th touchback this season. He needs two more to tie Jaguars all-time leader Steve Lindsay.

On 1/1/2006 4:31 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars touchdown, 7:15 of 1st) LaBrandon Toefield ran through the whole Titans defense. He broke at least four tackles on a 32-yard run. If I was one of the Titans players who shot his mouth off after the first game between the two teams, I'd be embarrassed.

On 1/1/2006 4:38 PM, Vic wrote:
(Titans possession) Ben Troupe just covered up his knees on a pass reception. The Titans' hearts aren't in this.

On 1/1/2006 4:40 PM, Vic wrote:
(Smith update) Jimmy Smith needs one reception for 70 catches this season, which would equal a contract incentive. My guess is he'll leave the game after his next catch.

On 1/1/2006 4:42 PM, Vic wrote:
(Mathis interception) That interception by Rashean Mathis is going to boost the Jaguars secondary's confidence.

On 1/1/2006 4:43 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars ball at Titans 31) If Jack Del Rio wants to take a shot at Jeff Fisher, today would seem to be the day to do it.

On 1/1/2006 4:45 PM, Vic wrote:
(Scobee 46-yard field goal, 1:35 of 1st) That's going to help Josh Scobee's confidence, too.

On 1/1/2006 4:52 PM, Vic wrote:
(number 70 for Smith) That's catch number 70 for Jimmy Smith this season. He's getting hugs on the sideline.

On 1/1/2006 4:54 PM, Vic wrote:
(Garrard deep pass) He should've thrown for Ernest Wilford, who beat man-to-man coverage deep from the slot. He was open down the seam deep.

On 1/1/2006 4:56 PM, Vic wrote:
(Smith update) Jimmy Smith has the baseball cap on. I suspect he's done for the game.

On 1/1/2006 5:02 PM, Vic wrote:
(Titans fumble at Titans 26) The Jaguars are playing with smiles on their faces. It's as though there's no resistance.

On 1/1/2006 5:06 PM, Vic wrote:
(Scobee 31-yard field goal, 10:13 of 2nd) Down the middle. It's name your score time.

On 1/1/2006 5:15 PM, Vic wrote:
(fourth down pass) Matt Mauck missed Ben Troupe by a mile. He was wide open; should've been an easy completion on a short pass.

On 1/1/2006 5:23 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars touchdown, 4:11 of 2nd) Derrick Wimbush up the middle for six yards; it was as though the Red Sea parted.

On 1/1/2006 5:27 PM, Vic wrote:
(Titans ball, late second quarter) When was the last time the Jaguars scored 30 points in the first half? Nov. 1, 1998 in Baltimore.

On 1/1/2006 5:28 PM, Vic wrote:
(Wright injury) Kenny Wright appears to have sustained a left leg injury. I'll update later.

On 1/1/2006 5:33 PM, Vic wrote:
(Wright update) Sprained left knee; will not return.

On 1/1/2006 5:39 PM, Vic wrote:
(Matt Jones pass) The fans are going crazy. Matt Jones to Reggie Williams.

On 1/1/2006 5:41 PM, Vic wrote:
(first-half stats) Garrard is 10 of 16 for 128 yards and an 87.5 passer rating. Toefield has 64 yards on 14 carries; Smith four catches for 46 yards.

On 1/1/2006 5:54 PM, Vic wrote:
(playoff update) Saturday night, 8 p.m. Told you so.

On 1/1/2006 5:56 PM, Vic wrote:
(third quarter, daydreaming) I can hear it now: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

On 1/1/2006 6:05 PM, Vic wrote:
(They're doing the wave) I thought that went out with wide lapels.

On 1/1/2006 6:06 PM, Vic wrote:
(Peterson injury) Mike Peterson sustained a sprained right wrist late in the first half. He will not return.

On 1/1/2006 6:12 PM, Vic wrote:
(Great day for Arkansas fans) Matt Jones is getting a real look at quarterback. He's back in. He has a 91.7 passer rating.

On 1/1/2006 6:23 PM, Vic wrote:
(Pacman's outta here) Titans first-round draft choice Pacman Jones just touched one of the officials during a time out conversation. That's a no-no. Bye, bye Pacman.

On 1/1/2006 6:24 PM, Vic wrote:
(correction, I think) Pacman is not ejected. He's just not in the game. The penalty moves the ball to the Titans seven-yard line.

On 1/1/2006 6:25 PM, Vic wrote:
(Titans penalties) The Titans have been flagged 16 times for 130 yards.

On 1/1/2006 6:27 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars touchdown, 4:24 of third) Quinn Gray to Matt Jones over the middle for 10 yards. The Jaguars went 84 yards in 14 plays.

On 1/1/2006 6:29 PM, Vic wrote:
(worst loss in Oilers/Titans history) It was 61-7 at Cincinnati on 12-17-89.

On 1/1/2006 6:39 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars touchdown, :34 of 3rd) Gray to Wilford, 14 yards. The extra point was wide to the right. As the score stands, it would be the worst loss in the Titans' eight years in Nashville.

On 1/1/2006 6:42 PM, Vic wrote:
(end of the third quarter) I'm just guessing, but this should end the shots. Maybe not.

On 1/1/2006 6:52 PM, Vic wrote:
(Titans touchdown, 9:01 of 4th) Billy Volek to Ben Troupe for four yards. The drive covered 77 yards in 13 plays. I'm going downstairs. I have no doubt you can take it from here.

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