Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans turned in an improbable comeback on Sunday, rallying for 26-22 with over the Jets.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with receiver Corey Davis for an 11-yard touchdown with 36 seconds, capping a six-play, 86-yard drive that took 1:10.
The Titans improved to 6-6 with the win. The Titans face the Jaguars on Thursday night at Nissan Stadium.
Cornerback Malcolm Butler sealed the win with an interception.
The Titans fell behind 10-early as the Jets first scored on a 54-yard field goal by kicker Jason Myers.
Disaster struck on the Titans next possession, as quarterback Mariota was intercepted by Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who returned it for a touchdown. Mariota was throwing the ball to receiver Cameron Batson, but Johnson stepped in for the interception.
The Jets stretched the lead to 16-0 on two more field goals by Myers in the second quarter.
The Titans finally got in the scoreboard late in the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mariota to tight end Anthony Firkser, which capped a six-play, 68-yard drive. A 22-yard pass from Mariota to receiver Corey Davis, followed by a 14-yard run by Mariota, put the drive in motion. But the extra point was blocked, and the Titans trailed 16-6 at the half.
The Jets extended the lead to 19-6 early in the third quarter on another field goal by Myers.
The Titans responded with their most impressive scoring drive of the day – a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry, which made it 19-13 with 7:44 left in the third quarter. Mariota connected with receiver Tajae Sharpe for completions of 20 and 28 yards on the drive, which ended with a pair of nice runs by Henry.
But the Jets responded with another long drive, capped off by another field goal from Myers, to make it 22-13 at the end of the third quarter.
The Titans cut the lead to 22-16 on a 24-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop with 9:29 remaining, and then trimmed it to 22-19 with 5:39 left on another Succop kick. Both field goals were set up by long completions from Mariota to receiver Taywan Taylor.
The Titans then rallied for the win.