It took till after Thanksgiving, but the Jaguars were finally able to give their home fans something to cheer about.
Sunday the team fought hard, earning their second win of the season topping the rival Tennessee Titans 24-19 behind the play of QB Chad Henne.
Henne had his second straight strong game, going 17-for-26 for 261 yards with a pair of touchdowns in the win.
The former Fins QB has clearly given the coaching staff something to think about for the future, and with Blaine Gabbert on the sidelines for the final six games, Henne will get every chance to impress the coaching staff.
Henne found Cecil Shorts III for a 59-yard touchdown in the third quarter and hooked up with rookie Justin Blackmon for a 7-yard score in the fourth.
Rashad Jennings ran for 43 yards and a score on 16 carries, while Shorts caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown for the Jags, who finally put the brakes on a seven-game slide.
They came close last week in a 43-37 overtime loss at Houston and won for the first time since a 22-17 triumph over Indianapolis in Week 3.
Jake Locker made his second straight start for Tennessee after missing five games with a shoulder problem and threw for 261 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on 23-of-40 passing.
Chris Johnson ran for 80 yards on 21 carries and Kenny Britt snagged a touchdown pass for the Titans (4-7), who were coming off their bye and failed to build on a 37-3 win at Miami two weeks ago. Tennessee has dropped three of its last four games.
The Titans (4-7) cut the lead to 21-19 on Locker’s 6-yard pass to Britt with 4:52 remaining and had the ball with a chance to take the lead. But Russell Allen tipped Locker’s pass over the middle, and Dwight Lowery – back on the field after a five-week absence – had his first interception of the season.
Josh Scobee’s 41-yard field goal with 24 seconds remaining left the Titans in desperation mode for the final few snaps.
For the Jags, the team continues to fight for first-year head coach Mike Mularkey, taking the Texans to OT last week, and now with a win over the Titans.
Jacksonville will play at Buffalo next Sunday.