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Titans... 10 Jets... 6

December 24, 2007|From the Associated Press

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans are back in control of their chase for their first playoff berth since 2003. They owe a note of thanks to Cincinnati and their own stingy, quarterback-hitting defense.

All-Pro Kyle Vanden Bosch had three of Tennessee's six sacks and Chris Brown ran for a touchdown as the Titans beat the New York Jets, 10-6, for their third victory in four games and their first winning season since 2003.

The Titans (9-6) watched the Bengals defeat the Cleveland Browns, giving them the edge in tiebreakers if tied for the AFC's final wild-card berth once the regular season ends. They still must close out the season with a win over the defending Super Bowl champions in Indianapolis in a game that was moved to prime time by NBC.

Tennessee went out and survived a sloppy game in which Vince Young was sacked three times and lost two turnovers.

The Jets (3-12) started Tennessee native Chad Pennington for the first time since Oct. 28.

He did his best to rally the Jets, but Tony Brown sacked him with 1:50 left on fourth and four to allow the Titans to run out the clock for the victory.

Quoteworthy: "We like being in control of our destiny." -- Kyle Vanden Bosch, Titans defensive end

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