NASHVILLE — Marcus Mariota threw an 11-yard landing cross to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit to overcome the Jets, 26-22, on Sunday.
The Titans (6-6) snapped a two-game skid to stay themselves at the fringes of the A.F.C. playoff chase.
The Jets (Three-Nine) had one closing probability, however Malcolm Butler intercepted Josh McCown’s cross with 21 seconds left. The Jets have misplaced six instantly, with this newest loss leaving Trainer Todd Bowles “fuming.”
“Dumb errors at dumb instances value us ballgames, and that’s why we’re within the place we’re in,” Bowles stated.
Mariota seemed not anything just like the quarterback who grew to become within the second-best single-game efficiency in N.F.L. historical past closing week when he finished 95.7 p.c of his passes in a loss at Houston. The house lovers booed early and frequently as Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson were given his moment interception of the season and ran it again 31 yards for an early landing and a 10-Zero lead.
The interception ended a streak of 5 video games with out forcing a turnover, which tied a league document. The Jets additionally had 3 sacks of Mariota, who went 20 of 35 for 282 yards.
With Sam Darnold nonetheless restricted with an injured foot, the 39-year-old McCown began his 3rd instantly recreation. He used to be 17 for 30 for most effective 128 yards because the Titans outgained the Jets, 403-280.
The Jets’ particular groups picked up one of the most slack. Kevin Pierre-Louis blocked a punt in the second one quarter to arrange the 3rd of Jason Myers’s 5 box targets, giving the Jets a 16-Zero lead with 2 mins 51 seconds left within the part. Henry Anderson blocked Ryan Succop’s extra-point strive after Anthony Firkser scored on a 12-yard catch with 52 seconds left. Then, Andre Roberts opened the 3rd quarter with a 61-yard kickoff go back.
The Jets led through 22-13 on Myers’s ultimate box target, a 39-yarder with 27 seconds left within the 3rd quarter. McCown stated having to kick box targets as an alternative of scoring touchdowns used to be expensive.
“You’ve were given to get 7 issues whilst you’re down there, and we didn’t do this. And yeah, for those who do this an excessive amount of within the N.F.L., it’s going to come again to get you, and it without a doubt did us lately.”
The Titans had first-and-goal on back-to-back drives within the fourth quarter, most effective to accept two Succop box targets. The Titans pressured the Jets to punt with 1:46 left and were given the ball their 14.
Mariota threw for 220 yards in the second one part. He additionally led the Titans with 43 yards speeding, together with a 25-yard scramble at the profitable pressure the place he recovered his personal fumble on the finish.
“Infrequently it’s higher to be fortunate than just right, and I were given fortunate,” Mariota stated.
A face-mask penalty on Johnson right through the play added to the top, and Mariota hit Firkser for 25 yards. 3 performs later, he discovered Davis, who ran in for the landing and the Titans’ first lead of the sport. It used to be the 12th game-winning pressure of Mariota’s occupation and 8th for the reason that get started of the 2017 season.
“Marcus isn’t going to be the man giving pep talks,” Titans Trainer Mike Vrabel stated. “He’s very calm, cool, amassed. He is taking keep watch over of the huddle, and you’ll see him in essentially the most essential scenarios, he’s at his very best.”