NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have won four straight games, and now they've got what they've been working for: A win-and-in playoff scenario vs. the Indianapolis Colts in the regular season finale.
The team's 25-16 win over the Redskins on Saturday – paired with Pittsburgh's loss to the Saints on Sunday – means next Sunday's game at Nissan Stadium will be for a playoff spot.
There's also a chance the Titans could win the AFC South, which would happen with a win – and a loss by the Texans vs. the Jaguars.
The Titans (9-6) rallied to win their fourth straight game on Saturday. With the win, the Titans guaranteed themselves a winning record for the third straight season. It's the first time that's happened in the "Titans era."
Titans safety Kevin Byard said the team won't let up now, not with quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts coming to town.
"Andrew Luck has beat us something like 10 straight games," Byard said. "We have to do whatever it takes to win, because this will be like a playoff game again. I feel like the playoffs started for us a while back, and every single week we have to flush the game before and keep it moving. It's a survive-and-advance mentality, and we're surviving now and playing hard."
The Titans lost quarterback Marcus Mariota to an injury late in the first half of Saturday's game with a stinger.
Back-up quarterback Blaine Gabbert stepped in and proved to be a hero.
The Titans expect to get more news on Mariota's availability during the course of the week, leading up to Sunday's game.
"We've just taken it one game at a time, and that's all we can do," said Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler, who sealed the game with an interception return for a touchdown. "We've gotten the job done so far, but there's work to do. We know our work is not finished."
The Tennessee Titans take on the Washington Redskins in Week 16 of the 2018 season on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)