Johnson, Titans end Jets' playoff hopes
BY TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
12/18/12 at 5:38 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chris Johnson went 94 yards for the longest touchdown run in the NFL since 2006 and the Tennessee Titans beat the Jets 14-10 on Monday night to eliminate New York from playoff contention.
Jake Locker's first touchdown run of the season put Tennessee ahead late in the third quarter, and the Titans intercepted four passes by a struggling Mark Sanchez to snap a three-game skid.
The Jets (6-8) needed to win their final three games and get help elsewhere to earn an AFC playoff spot. Instead, the Titans sacked Sanchez three times and got a fourth on Tim Tebow. Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions, keeping the Jets out of the playoffs a second straight season after reaching consecutive AFC title games.
Johnson, with the names of the victims of Friday's shootings in Connecticut written on his cleats, ran 94 yards for a franchise-record TD in the second quarter. Locker's 13-yard TD run at the end of the third put the Titans (5-9) ahead to stay.
Titans cornerback Jason McCourty celebrates after intercepting a pass from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, not shown, in the third quarter of Monday's game in Nashville, Tenn. WADE PAYNE / Associated Press