The Tennessee Titans’ playoff berth against the Jacksonville Jaguars and AFC South title showdown has officially been set.
The Titans (7-9) will visit the Jaguars (8-8) for a postseason berth at 7:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN and ABC, according to the NFL’s announcement. The NFL doesn’t announce Week 18 game times until days before the games, so the games with the biggest playoff impact receive the biggest platform.
If the Titans win, they will clinch the No. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs and host a playoff game in Nashville for the third year in a row. A loss would end the Titans’ season and give the Jaguars their first AFC South title since 2017 and only their second since the division was formed in 2002.
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The Titans are on a six-game losing streak heading into this matchup, including a 36-22 loss to the Jaguars on December 11 in Nashville. Combined seasons. With the win, the Titans franchise will win his third consecutive title for the first time since the Houston Oilers won his AFL East title in his first three years, his 1960-62. It will be.
This isn’t the first time the Titans have entered the final week of the season heavily affected by the playoffs. Last season, the Titans entered Week 18 and needed a win to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC. In 2020, the Titans needed a win to win his AFC South. In 2018, the Titans played a similar winner-take-all game to close out the season against the Indianapolis Colts for a playoff spot.
Nick Suss is The Tennessean’s Titans beat writer. Please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicksuss.