Jacksonville Jaguars running back Deji Karim (35) runs past Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Maurice Jones-Drew scored in his return from knee surgery, and Jacksonville used a flawless start and some clutch plays late to edge Tennessee 16-14 in the season opener Sunday.
Titans star Chris Johnson, who joined the team a little more than a week ago following a holdout, was pretty much a nonfactor. Johnson ran nine times for 24 yards and caught six passes for 25 yards.
Jacksonville dominated most of the first three quarters, but Tennessee made it close with a pair of second-half touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck to Kenny Britt. The Titans still had a shot, but Dwight Lowery intercepted Hasselbeck's deep pass.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)