Jaguars hold off Titans, win home finale
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career.
The trio provided all the highlights in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.
In a matchup that was widely billed as unwatchable, Bortles, Todman and Marks offered some compelling moments in a relatively meaningless game.
"The neat thing about this was different guys stood up at different times," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.
Bortles completed 13 of 26 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, a 4-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis that got Jacksonville going late in the second quarter. He also ran for 50 yards playing with a sprained right foot.
"I wasn't going out there if I couldn't move around and help the offense," Bortles said.
Todman's 62-yard run put the Jaguars ahead for good. He juked one defender and stiff-armed another in his first carry of the night, ending his first score of the season with a leap into the stands.
Marks' play, though, got the most attention.
With the Titans driving, Marks sacked Charlie Whitehurst on the final play. It gave him 8 1/2 sacks on the season, triggering a $600,000 bonus in his contract.
"What a great way to end the night," Bradley said.
Marks stood up and starting rubbing his fingers together before getting mobbed by teammates near midfield.
"Oh, we're going to spend some of that money," Jaguars defensive end Red Bryant said.
The Jaguars (3-12) won for the second time in four weeks thanks to a rejuvenated offense that had scored just two touchdowns in the previous four games. Playing the Titans (2-13) surely aided the effort.
Tennessee lost its ninth consecutive game and moved a step closer to securing the No. 1 draft pick.
"It was more about mistakes that we made than anything else because when we did it right — as you can see by most of the first half — we played pretty good," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said.