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Jake Locker, former Washington Huskies quarterback, ran 13 yards for the winning touchdown as the Tennessee Titans beat the New York Jets 14-10, ending the Jets' playoff hopes.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The New York Jets' playoff hopes are gone, lost in a wave of turnovers by struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Chris Johnson went 94 yards for the longest touchdown run in the NFL since 2006, and the Tennessee Titans defeated the Jets 14-10 Monday night to eliminate New York from postseason contention.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker, a former Washington Huskies standout from Ferndale, ran 13 yards for a touchdown to close out scoring with 20 seconds left in the third quarter. It was Locker's first touchdown run of the season.
Tennessee (5-9) intercepted four passes by Sanchez to snap a three-game skid.
"Obviously, it's a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I think the thing that really hurts the most is we've got no one to blame but ourselves."
Despite bumbling around for most of the game, the Jets (6-8) somehow still had a chance to win when they took over at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds left after a 19-yard punt by Brett Kern.
But Sanchez fumbled a low shotgun snap, teammate Bilal Powell inadvertently kicked the ball away and Titans rookie linebacker Zach Brown recovered to seal the victory.
It was a fitting end to an ugly game. Sanchez finished with five turnovers — one on each of his team's final three possessions — and has 24 this season.
"It doesn't feel good hurting your team like that," Sanchez said. "It's not a winning formula. It never feels good."
The Jets needed to win their final three games and get help elsewhere to earn a playoff spot. Instead, the Titans sacked Sanchez three times and got a fourth on Tim Tebow.
Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions, keeping the Jets out of the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
Johnson, with the names of the victims of Friday's shootings in Connecticut written on his cleats, ran a franchise-record 94 yards for a TD in the second quarter. It was the longest scoring run from scrimmage in a regular-season NFL game since Minnesota's Chester Taylor had a 95-yard TD in a 31-13 victory over the Seahawks in 2006.
Johnson has a league-record six TD runs of at least 80 yards in his career. He finished with 122 yards on 21 carries.
The Jets had plenty of time and opportunity in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Sanchez kept giving the ball away.
Griffin intercepted Sanchez with 7:09 left on a pass intended for ex-Seahawk Braylon Edwards and got another pick with 1:51 left.
Sanchez finished with his most interceptions in a game since 2009.