Game Notes: Titans vs. Jaguars


MARIOTA THROWS 26TH TOUCHDOWN PASS OF 2016: Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota completed eight of 20 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game late in the third quarter with a right ankle injury.  Mariota's touchdown pass, a three-yarder to wide receiver Rishard Matthews, was his 26th touchdown pass of the season and the 45th of his career.  His 2016 total ranks fourth in franchise history behind only George Blanda's 36 touchdown passes in 1961, Warren Moon's 33 in 1990 and Blanda's 27 in 1962.  Mariota's touchdown pass against the Jaguars also gave him 33 career touchdown passes in the red zone with no interceptions.


MATTHEWS SCORES AGAIN:** With a three-yard touchdown in the second quarter, wide receiver Rishard Matthews recorded his eighth touchdown of the season, doubling his total from his first four NFL seasons combined (all with Miami).  Matthews became the first Titans player with eight touchdown catches in a season since Kenny Britt (nine) in 2010.   

WALKER SETS CAREER HIGH: In the fourth quarter, tight end Delanie Walker caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel.  It was Walker's seventh touchdown reception of the season, which set a new career high.  His previous high was six touchdown catches in both 2013 and 2015.  In franchise history, only three previous tight ends had ever recorded seven touchdowns in a season before Walker: Dave Casper (eight in 1981), Willie Frazier (eight in 1965) and Willard Dewveall (seven in 1963).

WALKER REACHES 400 RECEPTIONS: Delanie Walker totaled 23 yards and a touchdown on three receptions at Jacksonville.  His third catch of the day was the 400th of his 11-year career. He and Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who reached 400 catches on the same day, became the 36th and 37th tight ends in NFL history to reach the mark.


CASSEL ENTERS GAME, THROWS TD PASS:** Quarterback Matt Cassel entered the contest due to Marcus Mariota's ankle injury with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.  The 12-year veteran's game statistics included 13 completions and 124 yards on 24 attempts with one touchdown and one interception.  In the fourth quarter, he completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker.  It was Cassel's 102nd career touchdown pass and his first in a Titans uniform.

SHARPE HITS 500 YARDS: Wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe tied for the team lead with 48 yards on three receptions.  The fifth-round pick increased his season totals to 41 receptions for 522 yards, and in doing so, he joined Kenny Britt (2009), Kendall Wright (2012) and Dorial Green-Beckham (2015) as the only rookies in the "Titans era" (1999–present) with at least 500 receiving yards.

DOUGLAS LEADS TEAM: Wide receiver Harry Douglas led the team and set a season high with five receptions against the Jaguars.  His 48 receiving yards tied for his second-highest total of the season behind only a 60-yard performance at Chicago on Nov. 27.

SPENCE RECORDS SACK: In the first quarter, linebacker Sean Spence established a new career high with his second sack of the season, dropping Blake Bortles for a five-yard loss.  The play gave the fifth-year linebacker four career sacks.


ORAKPO AND SEARCY COMBINE FOR TAKEAWAY:** In the third quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo stripped the football from Jaguars running back Chris Ivory to record his eighth career forced fumble (first of 2016).  Safety Da'Norris Searcy then notched his third career fumble recovery (first of 2016).

SIMS BECOMES SIXTH DRAFT PICK TO RECORD A START: The Titans started in a nickel defense, and in doing so, rookie cornerback LeShaun Sims recorded his first career start.  The fifth-round pick became the sixth Titans draft pick to start a game in 2016, joining safety Kevin Byard (six starts), right tackle Jack Conklin (15), outside linebacker Kevin Dodd (one), running back Derrick Henry (two) and wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe (10).

SUCCOP EXTENDS STREAK: With a field goal of 42 yards in the third quarter, kicker Ryan Succop extended his streak to 35 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014. He already broke Al Del Greco's franchise record of 24 consecutive made field goals from inside 50 yards, set from 1995–1996.


KERN NETS 43.3 YARDS ON SEVEN PUNTS:** Brett Kern punted seven times for a gross average of 44.7 yards and a net average of 43.3 yards.  It marked the ninth time in his career he posted seven punts and a net average of at least 43.3 yards.

TEMPERATURE CHANGE: Six days after the Titans played in the coldest game in franchise history at Kansas City, where it was 1 degree at kickoff, the temperature at kickoff for the Titans-Jaguars game in Jacksonville was 67.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were wide receiver Tre McBride, cornerback D'Joun Smith, cornerback Jason McCourty, defensive back Curtis Riley, linebacker David Bass, guard Sebastian Tretola and tight end Jace Amaro. McCourty (chest) was the only one from the group on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16 action at EverBank Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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