JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WKRN) — In their first divisional match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars the Titans came up just short, losing on the last play of the game 19-13.
It was a defensive struggle in the first half as both teams were held to just six points courtesy kickers Ryan Succop and Jason Myers.
In the second half the Titans answered a Jaguars field goal in what people have waited all season to see. Marcus Mariota took off with his feet for a 23-yard rushing touchdown on the longest run of his career to give the Titans a 13-9 lead.
With the Jaguars threatening to score again in the fourth quarter linebacker Zach Brown came up with an interception to keep the Titans lead at four but they were not able to turn it into points and forced to punt the ball.
The two teams exchanged punts again but Jaguars return man Rashad Green was the man to give them an edge, taking a punt 63 yards to the Titans five-yard line up setting up a big Jacksonville touchdown.
Blake Bortles hit Julius Thomas on the next play for his only touchdown pass of the game as the Jags led 16-13 late in the fourth quarter.
The next Titans drive proved to be costly as Phillip Supernaw fumbled the football after an eight-yard gain giving the Jaguars the ball deep in Titans territory.
The Titans defense came up big forcing the Jags to settle for a field goal giving them one last chance down 19-13.
Marcus Mariota made it suspenseful leading the Titans all the way down to the Jacksonville 23 yard line with 5 seconds on the clock but on the final play of the game was sacked as the Jaguars send the Titans to 2-8, winning 19-13.
Mariota finished the game 22/35 for 231 yards and tight end Delanie Walker caught eight passes for 109 yards.
The Titans are still alive in the division trailing by only two games with three still to play against the Colts, Texans and Jaguars.