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             === Titans eliminate Jets from playoff contention ===
 
 Nashville,  TN (Sports  Network) -  The Tennessee  Titans played  the role  of
 spoiler to perfection on Monday night.
 
 With  the Jets' playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Chris Johnson rushed for
 122  yards and  a touchdown on 21  carries and the Titans intercepted New York
 quarterback Mark Sanchez four times in a 14-10 victory at LP Field.
 
 Jake  Locker  finished 13-of-22  passing for  149 yards to  go with 43 rushing
 yards  and  a touchdown on  seven carries for the  Titans (5-9), who snapped a
 three-game skid.
 
 "The  bottom  line is we  hung in there,"  Titans coach Mike Munchak remarked.
 "It's  something we haven't  been able to do the last two, three weeks is hold
 on  to a lead or find a way to win in the fourth quarter and this time we did.
 It's just good to win again. It's been a while."
 
 New York (6-8) needed to win its final three games to have a shot at a playoff
 berth,  but Sanchez's performance, which included a fumbled snap with the Jets
 deep  in Tennessee territory and under a minute remaining, ended any chance of
 the Jets earning a postseason bid.
 
 The  fourth-year quarterback completed just 13-of-28 passes for 131 yards with
 a  touchdown  in the setback, snapping  New York's two-game winning streak and
 forcing the Jets to begin looking toward next year.
 
 "This  is a devastating loss," Jets coach Rex Ryan lamented. "We're out of the
 playoffs.  It  hurts beyond belief.  We got no one  to blame but ourselves. We
 give  up two  big runs and then  obviously the five turnovers. We kept turning
 the ball over. It's been killing us."
 
 New York didn't pick up a first down in the fourth quarter until seven minutes
 into  the  frame when Shonn  Greene ripped off  a 6-yard run. Sanchez, though,
 tried to go deep on the next play and was picked off by Michael Griffin.
 
 The  Jets quickly  forced a  three-and-out  to regain  possession and  Sanchez
 guided his team deep into Tennessee with the help of a big roughing the passer
 penalty on 3rd-and-4 near midfield.
 
 The  drive ended in  another Sanchez pick however, as he floated a pass toward
 the  end zone  intended for Jeff Cumberland that was intercepted by Griffin at
 the Tennessee 2.
 
 Tennessee  rushed  the ball three  straight times to  make the Jets burn their
 final two timeouts before punting the ball away with just under a minute left.
 
 Brett  Kern had  the ensuing punt go off  the side of his foot, resulting in a
 19-yard  punt  to give New York  the ball at  the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds
 left.
 
 The  Jets, though,  gave it right back,  as Sanchez couldn't handle a low snap
 from  center  Nick Mangold  and Zach  Brown pounced  on the  fumble to end the
 game and the Jets' playoff aspirations.
 
 "I  didn't  get the ball  to Mark," Mangold admitted.  "Right there we had the
 opportunity to win."
 
 After  the  Titans had a  field goal blocked on  the opening possession of the
 contest,  Sanchez  led the  Jets into  Tennessee territory before back-to-back
 penalties against the Titans moved the ball to the Tennessee 6.
 
 Sanchez  appeared to  throw a 6-yard touchdown to Cumberland on 3rd-and-4, but
 video  review  showed the ball hit  the ground, setting up Nick Folk's 22-yard
 field goal to give the Jets a 3-0 lead.
 
 The  teams then  exchanged  punts before  Johnson broke  free  for the  second
 longest run in Monday Night Football history.
 
 New York pinned the Titans at their own 5-yard line, but on the second play of
 the  touch, Johnson  broke through the line  and left a number of defenders in
 his  wake  en route to  a 94-yard TD  run to make it  7-3 with just under nine
 minutes left in the half.
 
 "That was the key play of the game," Jets linebacker David Harris remarked. "I
 should  have made that play. It's real frustrating because we knew what was on
 the line."
 
 Neither  offense  managed much from  there and  the Titans carried their four-
 point edge into the locker room.
 
 The  Jets finally found the end zone late in the third, as a 30-yard punt from
 Kern set New York up at the Tennessee 35.
 
 Joe  McKnight rushed for  20 yards on the first play of the touch, and on 3rd-
 and-12,  Sanchez  found Cumberland for a  17-yard touchdown strike to give the
 Jets a 10-7 lead with 3:17 left in the third.
 
 Tennessee stormed right back, as Locker completed three straight passes before
 capping  the 7-play,  64-yard drive with a  13-yard run around the left end to
 put the Titans back in front, 14-10, with 20 seconds left in the third.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Tony Dorsett's 99-yard touchdown run back in 1982 is the longest run in Monday
 Night  Football  history ... Johnson  has rushed  for 1,159 yards this season,
 giving him four straight seasons with 1,100-plus rushing yards ... Johnson has
 six  career  TDs of 80-plus yards,  which is the  most in NFL history ... Jets
 wide  receiver Braylon  Edwards,  who  was claimed  off  waivers from  Seattle
 earlier this week, finished with three catches for 47 yards.
 
 12/18 01:46:24 ET