With a scoop and score as a way to go down in franchise lore, Josh Allen can also have placed an stop to the chaos and unhappiness that has described the Jacksonville Jaguars for the higher part of the past decade.
Allen’s 37-backyard fumble return with 2:51 final helped the Jaguars beat rival Tennessee 20-16 on Saturday night time and secure their first AFC South championship due to the fact 2017.
“I’m speechless,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said before crediting instruct Doug Pederson, standard supervisor Trent Baalke and players. “I’ve usually had self belief that we would be attending to wherein we had to move.”
Khan effortlessly may want to have singled out Allen and safety Rayshawn Jenkins, who compelled Josh Dobbs’ fumble. Allen picked up the free ball on a perfect jump and ran, untouched, the other way for a lead that held up.
Dobbs fumbled once more on the following ownership, and the Jaguars (nine-8) began to rejoice their most massive everyday-season victory in history.Jacksonville earned the No. Four seed in the conference playoffs and could host either the Los Angeles Chargers or Baltimore inside the wild-card spherical subsequent weekend.
It’s the 18th time within the closing 20 seasons that at the least one NFL crew gained its department after finishing final or tied for ultimate the previous 12 months.
Jacksonville closed the ordinary season with its fifth consecutive victory and have become the 5th team in NFL records to make the playoffs with a five-sport dropping streak and a five-sport triumphing streak in the equal season.
“We simply saved believing,” Lawrence said. “Nobody ever lost faith. Everybody believed in one another. We never commenced pointing the finger. We misplaced 5 video games straight and we just got tighter.”
Tennessee (7-10) lost its final seven games, a skid that had pretty much absolutely everyone writing them off before Saturday’s finale.
“Nobody wants to end how we did,” Titans jogging returned Derrick Henry said. “That’s never the plan, in no way the purpose. Like I stated, stuff occurs, adversity takes place.“We wanted to win the division and feature a excellent file, yeah, but it didn’t take place this yr. All you could do is cross back to paintings and be glad about the adventure and every person in their efforts and appearance forward.”
The Titans rested several starters last week and essentially created a 10-day break to get wholesome. They lower back to their bruising brand of football and looked like they might pull an fantastic turnaround — until Dobbs’ turnover modified the sport.
“We simply were given on a (crappy) streak and couldn’t get off it,” Titans educate Mike Vrabel said. “Couldn’t make the performs while we needed to. We couldn’t be steady enough whilst we had to and it showed up again.”
The Jaguars have been 6 half of-factor favorites, in line with FanDuel Sportsbook, and a near-sellout crowd turned into accessible to witness what many notion could be extra of a coronation than a scratch-and-claw nail-biter.