Final

Titans 28

(4-4, 2-2 away)

Rams 21

(3-6, 2-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 3, 2013

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 7 0 7 1428
STL 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: K. Clemens (STL) - 210 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 23 CAR, 150 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Wright (TEN) - 3 REC, 69 YDS

Chris Johnson's 150 yards propel Titans past Rams

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ST. LOUIS -- Chris Johnson became a star under Jeff Fisher, rushing for 2,000 yards in 2009 a year after the Tennessee Titans drafted him in the first round.

On Sunday, Johnson got the best of his former coach.

"C.J., when he gets on the edge he goes," Fisher said after Johnson's second touchdown of the game was the go-ahead score in the Titans' 28-21 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Fisher has seen Johnson run wild plenty of times, just not from the opposite sideline.

He again downplayed the matchup against the franchise he coached for 16 years, saying it was "another week for me," although he expected the loss to hurt more for former Titans players now in the St. Louis lineup.

"I think this one probably at the end of the day, it's probably going to last a little longer, hurt a little bit more," Fisher said. "Because it was important to them."

Titans coach Mike Munchak, a longtime former Fisher aide, also said this game was nothing personal. The postgame handshake was brief.

"That's something we can talk more about in the offseason and having bragging rights about who beat who," Munchak said. "But this is all about us vs. them.

"Players are the ones who win the games."

Johnson ran for 150 yards on 23 carries for the Titans (4-4), who ended a three-game losing streak after their bye against a team on short rest. The Rams lost 14-9 to Seattle on Monday night and have dropped three in a row.

Johnson's 19-yard scoring run snapped a tie with 2:54 remaining the play after Jurrell Casey sacked and stripped quarterback Kellen Clemens, and Derrick Morgan recovered. Clemens landed on it first, but the ball squirted away.

"It's a mistake that can't be made," Clemens said. "And unfortunately I made it."

The Rams (3-6) have lost three in a row despite a second straight 100-yard game from rookie Zac Stacy, who had 127 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

St. Louis drove to the Titans 26 in the final minute, but Austin Pettis could only get a hand on Clemens' high throw to a corner of the end zone on fourth down.

Johnson gained his most yards since Week 7 last season against Buffalo when he had 195. In the previous four games, he'd totaled 110 yards with a 2.4-yard average per carry.

"It helps my confidence, sure," Johnson said. "I felt like I was getting close to breaking out."

Rookie Tavon Austin's 24-yard punt return gave the Rams a final chance at their 39 with 50 seconds to go and no timeouts. Chris Givens had a 25-yard catch to put them in position.

Rodney McLeod intercepted an overthrown pass by Locker with 4:44 left, less than two minutes after former Titan Jared Cook tied it at 21 with a 10-yard catch from Clemens.

Locker put the Titans up 21-14 with 9:42 to go on a 4-yard run, breaking a tackle by linebacker Alec Ogletree about 2 yards from the end zone.

Stacy gained more than 100 yards for the second straight week on the next drive with a 32-yard carry topped off by a horse collar penalty on Casey after he'd stepped out of bounds.

The Rams had a sloppy start with three straight penalties helping the Titans score on their opening possession capped by Shonn Greene's 5-yard run. Cortland Finnegan, Darian Stewart and Jermelle Cudjo were whistled for horse collar, holding and illegal use of hands.

Stacy's 3-yard run in the second quarter was St. Louis' first rushing touchdown of the season. It also was their first TD in two games overall, to snap a 1-for-8 slump inside the 20.

Clemens was 7 for 7 for 75 yards to open the game, and 0 for 6 to finish the half -- with two dropped passes. The Rams failed to capitalize on Finnegan's interception in the final minute when Greg Zuerlein pushed a 44-yard field goal attempt just wide to the right -- his first miss inside 50 of the season in 15 attempts.

Game notes


"Modern Family" star Ty Burrell wore a Rams camp during an interview on the scoreboard during a break in the first quarter. ... Casey got his fifth sack of the season in the first quarter. ... Coty Sensabaugh's fumble recovery at the Titans 10 in the first quarter stifled a Rams scoring opportunity and capitalized on a careless play by rookie Benny Cunningham, who lost his grip without contact. ... Locker has two rushing TDs this season and four for his career.


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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
STL
1st Downs2221
Passing 1st downs
813
Rushing 1st downs
117
1st downs from Penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
7-125-13
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays6169
Total Yards363363
Yards per play6.05.3
Total Drives1312
Passing165203
Comp - Att
13-2220-35
Yards per pass
7.55.8
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-202-7
Rushing198160
Rushing Attempts
3532
Yards per rush
5.75.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-43-3
Penalties3-306-44
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:0932:51

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Locker13/221858.4024-20
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Clemens20/352106.0102-7

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson231506.5224
Greene9384.2115
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy271274.7232
Clemens11616.0016

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Wright36923.00455
Greene12828.00281
STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Givens45513.80258
Stacy6518.50137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENSTL
tenTD11:53Shonn Greene 5 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERTENSTL
stlTD09:37Zac Stacy 3 Yd Run (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERTENSTL
stlTD09:09Zac Stacy 9 Yd Run (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 714
tenTD04:58Chris Johnson 14 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERTENSTL
tenTD09:42Jake Locker 5 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 2114
stlTD06:15Jared Cook 10 Yd Pass From Kellen Clemens (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 2121
tenTD02:54Chris Johnson 19 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 2821

Research Notes

22 of Zac Stacy's 27 rushes were between the tackles, with Stacy gaining 113 of 127 yards on those rushes. Stacy entered the week with 96 percent of his rushes going between the tackles, highest in the NFL.
Chris Johnson gained 108 of his 152 rushing yards before first contact Sunday. Johnson hadn't gained 100 total rushing yards in a game this season. Johnson gained 6.5 yards per rush outside the tackles Sunday, his highest average in a game this season and more than double his season average (2.9 yards per rush). Both of Johnson's rush touchdowns Sunday were from inside the red zone. Johnson had the most red zone rushes (17) without a rushing touchdown this season entering the game.
Titans Chris Johnson recorded his 1st Rush TD of the season today at Rams, snapping his 7-game streak without a Rush TD (longest streak to start a season in his career). Johnson is now tied with Charley Hennigan for 4th-most TD in franchise history (51). The record is 74 by Eddie George.
Chris Johnson ran for a season-high 150 yards against the Rams and had as many rushes of at least 10 yards as he had in his first seven games combined.
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