Ten­nessee elim­i­nates Jets from play­off race

Jets QB Mark Sanchez throws four in­ter­cep­tions, loses a fum­ble.

Austin American-Statesman - - NFL -

NasHVILLE, TENN. — Jake Locker’s 13-yard quar­ter­back keeper around left end with 20 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter gave the Ten­nessee Ti­tans a 14-10 vic­tory over the New York Jets on Mon­day night.

The loss elim­i­nated the Jets (6-8) from post­seaosn play. Quar­ter­back Mark Sanchez had one of the worst games of his ca­reer, com­plet­ing only 13 of 28 for 131 yards and a touch­down. He also threw four in­ter­cep­tions and lost a fum­ble with the Jets at the Ti­tans’ 25-yard line with 30 sec­onds left.

Chris John­son set a fran­chise record with a 94-yard touch­down run in the first half for the Ti­tans (5-9).

The Jets en­tered the night need­ing to win their three re­main­ing games and to re­ceive some help from oth­ers to have any hope of reach­ing the post­sea­son. The Jets host San Diego and travel to Buf­falo in their fi­nal two games.

The Jets took a 10-7 lead when Mark Sanchez and Jeff Cum­ber­land con­nected on a 17-yard touch­down pass with 3:19 to go in the third. The Ti­tans re­sponded on their next pos­ses­sion with Locker’s first touch­down run of the sea­son, cap­ping a sev­en­play, 64-yard drive.

On Cum­ber­land’s touch­down, the Jets’ tight end caught a third-and-12 pass at about the 5-yard line af­ter get­ting be­hind Ti­tans line­backer Tim Shaw, start­ing in place of in­jured de­fen­sive cap­tain Colin McCarthy. Cumber- ap­peared un­touched on his way to the end zone.

Jets safety Yeremiah Bell chased John­son most of the way and made an un­suc­cess­ful div­ing at­tempt to tackle him from be­hind in­side the 15.

The pre­vi­ous record for the long­est run in fran­chise his­tory was 91 yards, a mark shared by John­son and Sid Blanks. John­son had a 91-yard run against the Tex­ans in 2009. Blanks also did it against the Jets in 1964.

This marked John­son’s sixth ca­reer touch­down run of at least 80 yards, giv­ing him twice as many as any­one else in NFL his­tory. Barry San­ders, Ah­man Green, Hugh McEl­henny and O.J. Simp­son each had three touch­down runs of at least 80 yards.

John­son was oth­er­wise held in check, fin­sh­ing with 122 yards on 21 car­ries.

Ti­tans run­ning back Chris John­son takes off on his fran­chise-record 94-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter Mon­day night against the Jets.

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