AFC South Champs!

They won't even snap the ball until Monday night, but the Colts earned their fourth consecutive AFC South title on Sunday when the Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans.

Over the last few weeks, both the Titans and the Jaguars stalled the Colts' drive towards claiming the AFC South title. But today, both teams played a role in helping Indianapolis secure their division's crown for a fourth consecutive year with a highly improbable 24-17 Tennessee victory over Jacksonville Sunday afternoon.

The Titans' defense --ranked dead last in the league based on yards allowed (364.4 per game) -- allowed the Jaguars to roll up 396 yards on offense and had to spend almost 45 of the 60 minutes on the field. Tennessee's offense finished the day with just 98 yards and only had the ball for 15:38.

But the Titans defense used three huge turnovers of 83, 92 and 61 yards to post 21 of their team's 24 points.

The Jaguars lost their one-game lead in the wildcard race that they held coming into this game. And they suffered two big blows in addition to losing their cushion. Both of their star running backs left the game with injuries -- Fred Taylor strained his hamstring on his second run of the game, and rookie Maurice Jones-Drew hurt his leg in the fourth quarter.

The Colts host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football in a game that still has playoff implications for the Colts as well as the Bengals. Indianapolis currently holds the No. 2 seed and would hold onto that regardless of the outcome of this game -- at least for now.

With a win, the Colts would help the Ravens clinch the AFC North and move them into a tie with Indy based on overall record. But the Colts would hold the edge in common opponents. With a loss, the Colts still stay seeded as No. 2 because even though they would have one more loss than Baltimore, the Ravens would only clinch a playoff spot, not their division this week. And they can't quailfy for one of the top seeds until they win the AFC North. But if both teams would then win next weekend, the Ravens would bump the Colts to No. 3 at that point, so Indy needs a win to stay in control of their position.

With a win, the Bengals keep the Ravens from clinching their division for at least another week and would move into the top wildcard spot by a game over a field of 8-6 candidates that could number between two and four teams based on the outcome of Sunday's late games.

The Colts have now won the AFC South in four of the five seasons since it was formed. The Titans won the title in 2002, the first year of its existence.


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