JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars are in first place.
And they will play for a spot in the postseason in Week 18.
The Jaguars (7-8), winners of three consecutive games and five of their last seven, moved into a first-place tie in the AFC South Saturday when the Tennessee Titans (7-8) lost to the Houston Texans, 19-14, in a Week 16 game in Nashville, Tenn.
The Titans and Jaguars will play in the Week 18 regular-season finale at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville January 7 or 8. The time and date of that matchup has yet to be determined. The game will decide the AFC South title.
The Jaguars beat the New York Jets, 19-3, this past Thursday. The Titans have lost their last five games, including a 36-22 loss to the Jaguars in Week 14.
The Jaguars will play at Houston in Week 17 and the Titans will play host to the Dallas Cowboys. But no matter the outcome of those games, Week 18 will decide the division.
If the Jaguars and Titans finish tied for first and the Jaguars win the finale, the Jaguars would win the South based on a series sweep this season. If the teams tie for first and the Titans win the finale, the Titans would win the South based on a better division record.
WEEK 18 · TBD