23 degrees/ MPH wind
Key Decision #1:
- The screen game for both teams was big in a game where both teams struggled to throw the ball down the field due to the frigid weather and with both teams being without top pass catchers.
- RB Leonard Fournette of the Jaguars had four catches for 67 yards, all of them for first downs and for double-digit yardage (catches of 15, 23, 13, 16 yards).
- Not to be overshadowed, the Titans used their running backs in the screen game as well. The first score of the game, a Titans TD came on a 66-yard screen pass from Titans QB Marcus Mariota to running back Derrick Henry.
Key Decision #2: (TEN lead 15-10/ 4th and 4/ TEN 49 3:49 Q4)
- With Jacksonville punting to the Titans, Head Coach Mike Mularkey successfully challenged that the Jaguars had too many men on the field. The Jaguars punted the ball again from their own 46-yard line. This resulted in a touchback. This was an aggressive challenge.
Key Decision #3: (TEN lead 15-3/ 4th and 1/ JAX 32 12:28 Q4)
- The Titans successfully converted on the fourth down attempt rather than kick a field goal to attempt to make it an 18-3 lead. Had they kicked a field goal it still would have required Jacksonville to score two touchdowns to take a lead. Tennessee by going for it were trying to put this game completely out of reach. Unfortunately for them, two plays later, on 2nd and 6, the Titans fumbled and the Jaguars returned the fumble for a score making it a 15-10 game.
Key Decision #4:
- On 3rd and 5 with 2:13 left in the game and the Jaguars having one timeout remaining, Marcus Mariota ran for a thirteen yard gain that would allow the Titans to run the clock down to nearly end the game.
Key Decision #5:
- Even though Jacksonville had clinched a playoff spot, they played their best players. Their best players on both sides of the ball (Blake Bortles, Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Myles Jack, Telvin Smith) played the entirety of the game.
Key Decision #6:
- The Titans were 3-of-16 on third down. Too frequently they are getting three points, rather than seven points near or in the red zone. All three of the Titans field goals came immediately after short throws that were either incomplete or fell short of first down. A good run-pass mix may help the Titans scoring woes.
- This was the coldest temperature recorded for a home Titans game in franchise history.
- This is the first Titans playoff since 2008.
- Tennessee was without DeMarco Murray for the game. Derrick Henry had to shoulder the load for the Titans. Marcus Mariota was 12-of-21 passing for 134 yards and a touchdown.
- The Titans are establishing a home-field advantage as they went 6-2 at Nissan Stadium in 2017 and have won 10 of their last 12 regular season games at home.
- The Titans finished the regular season with a 5-1 record against the AFC South.