If the Jacksonville Jaguars wanted to prove they are ready for the playoffs, they failed miserably. The Tennessee Titans seem to be peaking at just the right time.
Steve McNair threw a career-high five touchdown passes to five receivers, and the Tennessee Titans routed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-14, today, keeping alive their hopes for their first AFC Central Division title since 1993.
Jacksonville (13-2) came in with the NFL's longest winning streak this year at 11 games and could have clinched its second straight divisional title and a first-round bye with a victory.
But the Jaguars looked lifeless against the Titans (12-3), who beat them for the second time and now trail Jacksonville in the division by a game with one remaining. The Jaguars still can win the AFC Central, but must beat Cincinnati next week, while Tennessee visits Pittsburgh.
The former Oilers are having one of their best seasons, having never been 12-3 before in their 40-year history. They also will host at least one home playoff game at Adelphia Coliseum, where they are 8-0 this season.
Jacksonville had been trying to top the 1986 Chicago Bears' record of fewest points allowed in a 16-game season, only to see it fall apart in the first half. The Jaguars hadn't given up more than 24 points in a game this season, and they did that in a 24-7 first half.
Tennessee finished with a season-high in points and total offense with 476 yards.