Marcus Mariota helped carry the Tennessee Titans into the playoffs Sunday, thanks in big part to his legs and a little encouragement from his friends.
Mariota and the Titans offense, which struggled at times this season and again on Sunday, got needed a boost from the quarterback’s rushing abilities in edging the Jacksonville Jaguars, 15-10, and earning the franchise’s first playoff bid since 2008 in the process.
Mariota rushed 10 times Sunday for 60 yards to lead the Titans, including picking up a key third-down conversion in the fourth quarter to help Tennessee extinguish most of the clock. Mariota even used a hesitation and a stiff-arm to gain13 yards and take the clock to the two-minute warning.
“It was a great run, great run,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I told him obviously he’s been taking notes from Derrick and DeMarco (Murray) with stiff-arming, because that was a huge play to get us down and make them burn timeouts, to stay in bounds and keep the clock running.”