Jacksonville, Fla. — The Jaguars ended a rough start to the season with a 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night at TIAA Bank Field, winning the AFC South and returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
The Jaguars (9-8), who finished last in the AFC South with a 3-14 record in 2021, are ranked No. 4 seed and will play a playoff game next weekend against the 5th seed.
The Jaguars are now the fifth team to win their division in a season, posting the league’s worst record since the 1970 merger. The last time the Miami Dolphins did it was in 2008.
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It was the fourth division title in franchise history. The Jaguars won the AFC Central in 1998 and 1999 and the AFC South in 2017, the last time the franchise made the playoffs. It was the first time since 2005 that the Jaguars won the season series against the Titans.
Saturday’s win over the Titans was Jacksonville’s fifth in a row, making the Jaguars the fifth team in NFL history to have a streak of five or more games lost and won in the same season. The Jaguars went on a five-game losing streak in October, but have gone 7-2 since then.
The Jaguars turned to the side after a 21-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on October 30 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Lawrence played poorly that day — throwing two interceptions, including one in the end zone, and posting the third-worst passer rating. In his career — the Jaguars lost their fifth game in a row. Lawrence said the loss “flipped a switch” for him and he started playing with a chip on his shoulder.
From that point through Week 17, Lawrence was one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, leading the league in completion percentage and second in passer rating.
The Jaguars were the worst team in the NFL the previous two seasons, going 4-29 overall, and they won a total of 15 games from 2018 to 2021. Jacksonville hired Urban as coach. The mayor returned to office in 2020 after a 1-15 record, but his tenure lasted only 11 months due to the dysfunction he created within the building.
The Jaguars were 2-11 under Meyer before Meyer was fired and 1-3 under interim head coach Darrell Bevell, finishing 3-14 in 2021. After a search that lasted more than a month, team owner Shad Khan chose the former Super Bowl winner. Coach Doug Pederson is making his fourth playoff appearance in his six seasons as a head coach.
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