The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Behind, ahead. Home, away. Run, pass. Backups, starters. No matter the situation, the Tennessee Titans keep finding ways to win -- and staying undefeated.
Kerry Collins threw three touchdown passes, Albert Haynesworth dominated defensively again and the Titans improved to 10-0 with a 24-14 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Tennessee overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit, got solid play from third-string cornerback Chris Carr and extended its franchise-record winning streak in the regular season to 13.
"It's great," Haynesworth said. "People keep counting us out and we like proving the world wrong, I guess."
The Titans swept the season series against AFC South rival Jacksonville (4-6) for the third time in seven years and won their seventh consecutive regular-season road game.
"It's very frustrating," Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh said. "We pretty much shut them out the whole first half, came in and felt like we had a lot of momentum going our way and then went back out and gave up a few big plays. That sums it up pretty much. That was horrible."
Collins directed consecutive touchdown drives to open the third quarter, turning an 11-point deficit into a three-point lead.
He sealed the victory with a perfect 38-yard TD pass to Justin Gage with 3:57 remaining. Collins and Gage also hooked up for a 56-yard score in the third quarter -- the only third-down conversion for the Titans. They were 1 of 12 on third down.
Collins finished 13 of 23 for 230 yards. Gage caught four passes for 147 yards.
The Titans, who sacked David Garrard seven times in the opener and held the Jaguars to a season-low 33 yards rushing, clamped down in the second half.
Haynesworth was in the backfield on just about every play and finished with seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Carr knocked down three passes and had a late interception with starter Nick Harper (ankle) was inactive and backup Eric King re-broke the arm he injured last year.
Published: Monday, November 17, 2008