Monday, November 05, 2001

Jaguars lose fifth in row

Bengals go to Jacksonville this week

The Associated Press

        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Replay is haunting, rather than helping, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

        Steve McNair threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, including a controversial 1-yarder with 44 seconds left, as the Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville 28-24 Sunday, extending the Jaguars' losing skid to five games.

        The Jaguars (2-5) were hurt by a video replay for the second straight week. Referee Bill Carollo ruled Sunday that McNair's TD plunge stood despite the replay showing he might have lost the ball before crossing the goal line.

        Asked if he had the ball, McNair laughed and said it was his little secret.

        “I was laying on my back, so I couldn't see. All I heard was the crowd cheering. I knew something good had happened,” he said.

        The Jaguars immediately yelled, “Fumble, Fumble.” Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin, who lost a protest of a Baltimore touchdown last week, called for timeout to give the replay official in the booth time for a second look.

        It didn't help.

        “The referee said it was a very bad picture, and he couldn't distinguish it,” Coughlin said.

        Jacksonville had one last chance, but end Jevon Kearse sacked Mark Brunell twice, and time ran out as the Jaguars got across midfield.

        “It is difficult to take because there is effort,” Brunell said. “I think there is a lot of emotion out there. We are just coming up short. We can't have any more of it.”

        The Titans (3-4) talked of resting George for the first time in his NFL career because of injuries to his knee, thigh and ankle. He started his 87th straight game and carried 22 times for 70 yards.

        But it was McNair who had one of the best days of his career as he had his first game with two TDs through the air and on the ground.

        He was 27-of-34 for 241 yards passing, with 10 car ries for 74 yards. He tossed a 20-yard TD pass to Kevin Dyson and a 5-yarder to Derrick Mason, while scoring on a 5-yard run in the third quarter.

        Maybe it's the Jaguars. He has passed for nine TDs in his last four games against Jacksonville, with no interceptions. It also was his best rushing performance since the 1999 AFC championship against Jacksonville.

        “He was in control out there,” Coughlin said. “Our problem continues to be tackling him. We have two or three guys hit him solid, but he doesn't go down.”

        Jacksonville had trouble moving the ball against a Titans defense that finally looked like the unit that led the NFL last season instead of the group that is the AFC's worst against the pass. Brunell threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, but the Titans also sacked him five times.

        Kearse had three as he matched his sack total for the first six games.

        The pass rush forced the Jaguars to go three-and-out four times in the game.


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