Jaguars Top Giants In Regular Season Finals, Win Second AFC South Title
For weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguar seems to be the best team of the AFC South.
They gained momentum in November and December when Tennessee Giants reeling. When the teams met last month, Jacksonville took a double-digit win on the road. The Jaguars have a healthier, stronger roster on paper led by Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson.
Jacksonville’s victory in the division felt inevitable, and now it’s finally happening.
Trevor Lawrence throw 212 yards and a touchdown and Josh Allen came back hard to score late in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars (9-8) clinched their second AFC South title with a scoreline of 20-16 win over the Titans Saturday night.
With the win, Jacksonville will be the AFC’s 4th seed in the knockout round, receiving the unspecified 5th seed in the knockout round.
The Titans (7-10) appeared to be on their way to a quick win in the game, leading 16-13 midway through the fourth quarter. They effectively moved the ball to keep the clock ticking. But at the 2:51 mark, the safety of the Jaguars Rayshawn Jenkins there was a clumsy sack on the quarterback Joshua Dobbs was recovered from Allen’s 37-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars cut their deficit to three after knocking out Dobbs late in the third quarter. corner kick Tyson Campbell intercepted an underground ball by the sixth-year midfielder for Treylon Burksand gave it back to the Titans 25. Jacksonville turned the strike into a 36-yard goal by Riley Patterson.
With the win, Jacksonville ended Tennessee’s season. The Titans (7-10), the team that ended the 2022 campaign with a seven-game losing streak, had won the previous two AFC South championships. This also marks the first series that Jaguar has overtaken the Titans since 2005.
Jacksonville’s previous AFC South championship came in 2017, when it reached the AFC championship match. Jacksonville also won consecutive championships in 1998-99 as part of AFC Central before reorganizing the NFL in 2002.
Ben Arthur is the AFC South correspondent for FOX Sports. He previously worked for The Tennessean/USA TODAY Network, where he was a beat writer for Titans for a year and a half. He covered the Seattle Seahawks for SeattlePI.com for three seasons (2018-20) before moving to Tennessee. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @benyarthur.
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