The Jacksonville Jaguars accomplished what they set out to do...in the first half of their game against the Tennessee Titans. It was the second half that proved to be a miserable showing for the Jags.
"We played great and terrible and they don't go together," Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis said after the game.
Mathis is exactly right.
The Jaguars went into the locker room during halftime with a 14–3 lead, but how quickly the tide can change.
The Titans dominated the second half. They scored 21 unanswered points against the Jags.
David Garrard outplayed Kerry Collins in the first half, but during the second half, it appeared to be two different teams out on the field.
Collins rallied his team to take the lead by connecting with wide receiver Justin Gage on three passes that sealed their fate and put the nail in the coffin of the Jaguars.
Gage caught passes of 47, 56, and 38 yards. The last two were for touchdowns that created a lead for the Titans.
Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth dominated on defense yet again. He recorded seven tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
The Titans defense held the Jaguars to a total of 257 total yards, while the Titans finished the day with a total of 344 yards.
"People keep counting us out and we like proving the world wrong, I guess," Haynesworth said.
No one will be counting the Titans out any longer. They are the only undefeated team this season at 10–0.
“Hopefully, with this win we can knock Jacksonville out of this. That was the whole key with this game, to put the nail in the coffin with Jacksonville and get them out of the playoffs and for us just to keep moving,” Haynesworth said.
Mission accomplished. The Jaguars have little to no hope of getting into the playoffs now. The Titans put the nail in the coffin and buried it for the Jags.