The indignity continued Sunday in the Music City for the Jets, as they lost to the Titans, 26-22, with Tennessee getting its only lead of the game with 36 seconds left.
Marcus Mariota hit Corey Davis for an 11-yard touchdown to cap a six-play, 86-yard drive that took only 1:10. The Jets had three penalties on the final drive -- a hold on Morris Claiborne, illegal use of the hands on Jordan Jenkins to negate a sack, and a facemark on Trumaine Johnson to tack 15 yards onto Mariota's 25-yard scramble that brought the ball into Jets territory -- part of their 11-penalty day for 96 yards.
“Dumb mistakes at dumb times cost us ball games," said head coach Todd Bowles. "(The penalties) cost us, and it's disgusting."
The Jets had their last-ditch attempt thwarted when Josh McCown threw an interception (the Jets' only turnover) with 20 seconds left. McCown, making his third straight start in place of Sam Darnold, was just 17-of-30 passing for 128 yards. Isaiah Crowell provided most of the Jets' offense, with 98 yards on 28 carries and four catches for nine yards.
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson scored the Jets' only touchdown, a 31-yard pick-six in the first quarter as the Jets built a 16-0 lead.
Jason Myers hit five field goals, including a 54-yarder to open the scoring, but the Jets were 0-for-3 in the red zone, allowing the Titans to creep back into the game.
Mariota hit New Jersey native Anthony Firkser for a 12-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left in the first half, but the Jets blocked the point-after try to keep it 16-6.
Myers hit a 39-yard field goal to make it 19-6, but Derrick Henry plunged in from a yard out to cap a 75-yard drive and cut the lead to 19-13.
Myers hit another field goal with 26 seconds left in the third quarter, but those were the Jets' final points, as Tennessee (6-6), which snapped a two-game slide to remain in the AFC playoff picture, got two Ryan Succop field goals before the winning score.