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Titans OLB Harold Landry Saves the Day with Game-Clinching Interception


NASHVILLE – Quarterback Gardner Minshew's pass floated in the air, and for a few seconds, the fate of the Titans on this day floated with it.

Holding a 33-30 lead over the Jaguars in the closing minute, the Titans desperately needed a stop.

When defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons batted Minshew's pass in the air, it was Landry who was there to make a play – and seal the win.

"I just saw the ball, and I knew I needed to attack it," Landry said. "I was pretty confident I was going to be able to come down with it. Jeff did a great job of getting his hands up, and I was able to come down with it."

Landry's interception was the defensive play of the day for the Titans, who also got a first quarter interception from rookie cornerback Kristian Fulton and sacks from safety Kenny Vaccaro and defensive lineman Jack Crawford.

Landry's play came with just 47 seconds left on the clock, and the Titans holding a narrow lead after a field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Jaguars had already moved to their own 45-yard line at the start of the second-and-one play, and the Titans appeared gassed on defense.

Simmons was happy to do his part as well.

"We know that especially in that type of situation, that we're rushing like three or four, so you know somebody's going to get doubled," Simmons said. "That play for sure I got doubled and I wasn't going to get too much penetration, and I knew the quarterback, he's short, so we got our hands up. Something that we preach is affect the quarterback's timing of his throws."

When Landry came down with the ball, he heard the sideline.

It was game over. The Titans won it, 33-30.

"Everybody was excited," Landry said. "It is going to be awesome to have fans, but it was also awesome to see the excitement from your boys on the sideline and on the defense. I think that's pretty cool.

"We just have to watch the tape now and make the corrections. It is not rocket scientist – I feel like everybody has a job to do and we just have to …keep improving. The best teams are the teams that improve each week."

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