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    Jaguars 29, Titans 27

    Jacksonville secures first victory of season

    Jaguars running back and Dartmouth High grad Jordan Todman (30) celebrates after rushing for a 5-yard score.
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    Jaguars running back and Dartmouth High grad Jordan Todman (30) celebrates after rushing for a 5-yard score.

    NASHVILLE — It’s game balls all around for the Jacksonville Jaguars, winless no more.

    They can thank the Tennessee Titans for helping them finally get that first victory this season.

    Owner Shad Khan gave first-year coach Gus Bradley a game ball, and the coach made sure both his boss and general manager David Caldwell each got one, too, after the Jaguars held off the Titans, 29-27, Sunday. All the Jaguars will be receiving a game ball to remember this very big win.


    ‘‘What I’m excited about is that we improved in many areas,’’ Bradley said. ‘‘On my call sheet I was writing down things that were really good that were happening during the game. They just kept piling up. I thought, ‘This is how it feels.’ ’’

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    Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman each ran for a touchdown as the Jaguars left Tampa Bay (0-8) as the only winless team left. The Buccaneers host Miami on Monday night.

    The Jaguars (1-8) scored their most points in a game this season. They never trailed and forced four turnovers that they turned into 17 points.

    ‘‘It’s definitely a great feeling,’’ Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. ‘‘Hopefully we can build on this. We can’t become complacent and say we got our first win . . . we’ve still got to improve on what we’ve done today and get better individually.’’

    The Titans scored twice in the final 4:15, the last on a 14-yard TD pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker with 40 seconds left. But Johnathan Cyprien recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.


    On a day the Titans held a moment of silence for late owner Bud Adams, they got caught looking ahead to Thursday night’s AFC South game with division leader Indianapolis. The Titans also lost quarterback Jake Locker to an injured right foot that had him on crutches and in a walking boot in the second half.

    A source told that the Titans believe Locker will miss the rest of the season. The Tennessean reported that Locker has what is believed to be a Lisfranc injury that could require surgery.

    The Titans (4-5) were coming off an emotional win over former coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, and they looked flat from the start.

    ‘‘We had a lot of things happen today that should never happen to us in any game,’’ coach Mike Munchak said.

    The Jaguars took advantage despite being outgained, 362-214, in total yards. Henne threw for 180 yards.


    The Jaguars jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first half thanks to Paul Posluszny’s strip of Chris Johnson on Tennessee’s first offensive play, and Dwayne Gratz’s interception of a Locker pass.

    The first turnover set up Jones-Drew for three straight carries capped by a 6-yard TD run.

    Josh Scobee kicked his second field goal, a 44-yarder, after the interception, giving the Jaguars their biggest lead in any game this season.

    Locker hurt his right foot in the second quarter on an option keeper. He was so hobbled he couldn’t connect with Johnson on a handoff on the next play, and the Jaguars recovered with 6:22 left.

    Locker was on crutches after the game and said he will have more tests Monday.

    ‘‘I was tired of having to come off the field because I was hurt,’’ Locker said.

    Fitzpatrick replaced Locker, and he threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 4-yard TD with 4:15 left trying to rally the Titans. But after the Titans forced the Jaguars to go three and out, Fitzpatrick was sacked by cornerback Will Blackmon, who stripped him of the ball and ran it back 21 yards for a 29-20 lead.

    The Titans also got a pair of field goals by Rob Bironas in the second half.

    A safety with 7:44 left in the game provided the winning margin. Bryan Anger pinned the Titans at their 1 with a 42-yard punt, and the Jaguars got the safety when right guard Chance Warmack was called for holding in the end zone.