1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2006
LP Field, Nashville, TN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans found three more ways to keep their magical ride alive.The 24 points in 10 minutes to beat the New York Giants? Stunning. A 60-yard field goal to beat Indianapolis? Historical. Vince Young's 39-yard touchdown run in overtime at Houston? Impressive.
Four turnovers proved to be just too costly for Jacksonville. With the Jaguars outgaining the Titans in every offensive category, three interceptions thrown by David Garrard (above), two of which were returned for touchdowns, plus a Jaguars fumble that was returned 92 yards for a touchdown were the difference.
Rather than rely on their superior run game, the Jaguars appeared to panic and tried to get back into the game by gambling on the long-passing game. Jeff Fisher and the Titans remained calm and did not try to stray from their game plan, which was to avoid turnovers and do just enough to score some points.
The Titans' win was their seventh with Vince Young starting at quarterback. During the 40 years since the first common draft by NFL and AFL teams, that's the highest victory total by a player who was the first QB chosen in his respective draft year. The previous record was held by Jim Plunkett, the first overall pick in 1971, who posted a 6-8 mark starting for the Patriots.The fine print: We consider the first quarterback chosen in the 1988 draft to be Tom Tupa of Ohio State, who played some QB during the early years of a long career as an NFL punter. The Cardinals labeled Tupa a "punter" on draft day. But Tupa was called a "QB-punter" when he signed in July. He threw six passes in his rookie season, and he started a total of 13 games as a QB over the following three seasons. All this matters because the second QB chosen in 1988 was Chris Chandler, who won nine games as a rookie -- that is, two more than Vince Young.
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The Jaguars missed a chance to even this series, and the Titans now lead 13-11, not counting playoffs. ... Young tied Dan Marino and Kerry Collins for most wins by a rookie quarterback since 1970 and is now 7-4 despite completing only eight passes Sunday. ... The Titans finished 4-2 in the AFC South. ... It was Jones' fourth interception this season, but his first returned for a touchdown. It was the fourth TD of his career.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||2.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-5||0-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||3|
|TD||9:13||Adam Jones, 15 yd interception return (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 53 yds, 2:17
|TD||3:08||Maurice Jones-Drew, 12 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yds, 5:57
|FG||11:26||Josh Scobee 43 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yds, 5:07
|FG||13:29||Rob Bironas 27 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:36
|TD||5:13||Cortland Finnegan, 92 yd fumble return (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 54 yds, 8:33
|TD||1:23||Chris Hope, 61 yd interception return (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 21 yds, 3:43
|TD||2:42||Matt Jones, 3 yd pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yds, 1:44