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December 18, 2012

Titans destroy Jets’ playoff hopes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —

Griffin intercepted Sanchez with 7:09 left on a pass intended for Braylon Edwards. On the next drive, the Jets got help from a personal foul when Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon hit Sanchez in the head with his helmet on third-and-4. A couple of plays later, Sanchez threw into triple coverage for Jeff Cumberland, and Griffin picked off Sanchez again with 1:51 left at the Titans 2.

Even with the ugly night, the Jets’ defense gave New York one final chance after forcing Tennessee to punt.

Kern had a 19-yarder under pressure, giving New York the ball at the Tennessee 25. But Sanchez couldn’t corral a low snap from center Nick Mangold, and Titans rookie linebacker Zach Brown recovered to finally clinch Tennessee’s win.

Sanchez struggled all night long, and he finished with his most interceptions in a game since 2009.

The Jets even turned to Tebow for a complete series in the second quarter. They picked up two first downs and reached their own 44, but the drive stalled from there after a sack, a delay-of-game penalty and an incompletion.

Sanchez returned on the Jets’ next series and promptly threw his first interception to McCourty.

The Jets kept Tennessee from scoring a single point off all the turnovers. But the damage already was done.

Sanchez put the Jets ahead 10-7 with a 17-yard TD pass to Cumberland with 3:19 left in the third quarter.

The Titans led 7-3 at halftime after Johnson’s long scamper in the second quarter. His touchdown run was the longest by any NFL player since Minnesota’s Chester Taylor had a 95-yard TD in a 31-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 22, 2006.

After Robert Malone’s 53-yard punt backed the Titans up to their own 5-yard line, Johnson rushed for 1 yard on first down. On the next play, he found a seam up the middle and appeared untouched on his way to the end zone.

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