NASHVILLE - In a mostly forgettable season-ender between two bad AFC South teams, Tennessee's Darius Reynaud and Zach Brown had games they'll remember for a long time.
Reynaud returned two punts for touchdowns, and Brown lugged two interceptions for scores as the Titans routed Jacksonville 38-20 Sunday at LP Field.
Reynaud zoomed 69 yards with 33 seconds left in the first half, giving Tennessee (6-10) a 21-14 halftime lead, then went 81 yards with 12:54 remaining in the third quarter - getting a nice block from Coty Sensabaugh around midfield - to up the advantage to 28-14.
Brown's pick-sixes of 79 and 30 yards came before and after Renaud's touchdowns, meaning the Titans reeled off 28 straight points without a contribution from the offense. The Jaguars ran 20 straight offensive plays from scrimmage from the 3:04 mark of the second quarter to the 10:25 mark of the third period, yet turned a 14-7 advantage into a 35-14 deficit.
It was the first time in NFL history that a team had scored four non-offensive touchdowns in a game.
"They put you on special teams for a reason - to be special," Reynaud said. "You have to take advantage of your opportunities. I couldn't have done it without my teammates blocking for me."
While Tennessee mostly struggled on offense and defense this season, it was explosive in the kicking game. Reynaud netted 1,240 yards and a score on 53 kickoff returns, and 410 yards and two touchdowns on 31 punt returns.
Enjoying the show from the sidelines was Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who was a modest 9-of-15 for 152 yards but was able to avoid mistakes as his teammates blew the game open.
"We were having a good time watching the defense and special teams make big plays and score," he said. "We were really eager to get out there and try to match them. It seemed like we were on the bench for a long time."
Tennessee's other scores came on Chris Johnson's two-yard run in the first quarter and Rob Bironas' 48-yard field goal with 12:26 remaining in the game.
Jacksonville dominated most of the first half behind its no-huddle offense that gave New England fits in last week's 23-16 loss. Quarterback Chad Henne completed 6-of-7 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns on the Jaguars' first two possessions.
In fact, Jacksonville was in position to add to its lead at the two-minute mark of the first half. Ahead 14-7, it drove to the Titans' 25, but Henne threw behind Marcedes Lewis and right into Brown's waiting arms for the tying touchdown.
Things deteriorated rapidly from there for Jacksonville, which outgained Tennessee 375-221 but was never in contention after the early moments of the third quarter. The Jaguars did tack on a garbage-time score when Mike Harris blocked a punt, scooped it up and went 19 yards with 2:16 left in the game.
"It's a shame when you're controlling the game like we were and then it gets away from you just like that," lamented Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey. "You make mistakes like we did on offense and in the kicking game, it's going to be hard to win."
Henne completed 25-of-41 passes for 298 yards and three interceptions. He was sacked seven times, twice by Derrick Morgan, as a Titan defense that allowed a league-high 471 points - including 55 last week at Green Bay - ended the year on a positive note.
"When we don't make mistakes, we showed what kind of defense we can be," said Brown.
Both teams are headed for an offseason of change. Mularkey and Tennessee coach Mike Munchak have been rumored to be on the hot seat, while reports on Sunday suggested that Jacksonville general manager Gene Smith would be fired.
With his pair of punt returns, Reynaud made his case to stay around for another season.
"You always want to make it hard for the coaches to get rid of you," he said. "I wanted to go out with a bang and I think I did that."
Notes: Johnson rushed for 56 yards on 21 carries, giving him 1,244 yards for the season. It marks the fourth time in five years he's been over 1,200 yards ... Third-string running back Keith Toston picked up the start for Jacksonville and performed decently, gaining 74 yards on 17 carries and catching three passes for 41 yards ... How hard did the injury bug hit Tennessee this season? Only seven players - defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, safety Michael Griffin, cornerback Jason McCourty, defensive end Derrick Morgan, offensive lineman Fernando Velasco, cornerback Alterraun Verner and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley - were able to start all 16 games.