1:00 PM ET, September 7, 2008
LP Field, Nashville, TN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans' defense helped carry them into the playoffs last season. If they keep playing like this, it might be enough to carry them even further.The Titans sacked David Garrard seven times, recovered his fumble and Cortland Finnegan intercepted him twice in beating the Jaguars 17-10 Sunday in the season opener between the AFC's two wild cards in 2007.
• The Titans recorded seven sacks and intercepted David Garrard twice (he threw three all of last season). Cortland Finnegan had both interceptions after having one in his first two NFL seasons.
• The Jaguars were held to 33 yards rushing (1.9 yards per rush), their fewest in a game since Oct. 1, 2006 when they were held to 32 at Washington.
• Tennessee rookie Chris Johnson rushed for 93 yards (6.2 per attempt) in his NFL debut.
-- ESPN Research
The Titans come away with a key AFC South win to start the season defeating the Jaguars 17-10.
Scaife finished with a career-best 105 yards receiving in the first 100-yard game of his career. ... Fisher now is 9-5 in season openers. ... Finnegan had only one interception last year in his first season as a starter. ... That sack was the first of Griffin's career. ... Del Rio said Williams hurt a biceps muscle in pregame warmups and tried to go before leaving the game, and he said Manuwai had a strain, but did not identify which body part. ... Jaguars RB Fred Taylor's streak of five straight regular-season games with 100 yards rushing came to an end. He finished with 18 yards on nine carries.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.2||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-4||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||9:55||Rob Bironas 47 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 6 plays, 48 yds, 3:22
|TD||10:20||Greg Jones, 1 yd pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 5 yds, 1:19
|TD||3:13||Chris Johnson, 7 yd pass from Vince Young (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yds, 3:19
|TD||3:50||LenDale White, 1 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:10
|FG||2:18||Josh Scobee 27 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yds, 1:35