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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was a must-win game for the Titans and they delivered for the home crowd with a 36-22 win Thursday night over the Jaguars.
Marcus Mariota connected on 18/22 passes for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Titans grabbed a 27 point first half lead and never took their foot off the gas.
It was a 3-0 game in the 2nd quarter when Mariota hit Kendall Wright for a 36 yard touchdown as the Titans jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
The next drive the Titans used rookie running back Derrick Henry who punched in his first career touchdown from 6 yards out to put the Titans firmly in front 17-0.
They followed that drive with another touchdown, a 14-yard rush by Demarco Murray that put the game away at 24-0. After adding a field goal before the half the Titans were on cruise control with a 27-0 lead headed into the locker room.
Marcus Mariota threw for over 200 yards in the 1st half for the first time in his career and the Titans moved to 4-4 before the 3rd quarter even started.
DeMarco Murray hit the century mark again with 123 yards on the ground while Derrick Henry was a nice compliment adding 60 rushing yards to the team total of 214.
Kendall Wright led the receiving core with 4 catches for 84 yards while Delanie Walker had 4 for 75 yards. Rishard Matthews added a touchdown for the Titans in the second half to go along with a Ryan Succop field goal that capped the scoring for Tennessee.
With the win the Titans move to 4-4 on the season and with a win next week against the Chargers in San Diego could move into first place in the AFC South.