Final

Rams 7

(1-12, 1-6 away)

Titans 47

(6-7, 4-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, December 13, 2009

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 0 0 0 77
TEN 14 9 10 1447

Top Performers

Passing: K. Null (STL) - 165 YDS, 1 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 28 CAR, 117 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Britt (TEN) - 2 REC, 75 YDS

Titans easily put away Rams with Young sidelined by injury most of game

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans aren't giving up on their slim playoff hopes, not without a fight.

Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and also took a short pass 66 yards for another score and the Tennessee Titans stayed alive by routing the woeful St. Louis Rams 47-7 Sunday. The Titans (6-7) must win out and get plenty of help after their 0-6 start, but they are focusing on what they control.

Fast Facts

• The Titans won for the sixth time in their last seven games. It was the most points scored by the Titans' offense this season and the fewest points allowed by the Titans' defense this season.

• Kerry Collins took over for Vince Young who left the game in the second quarter after straining his right hamstring. Collins finished 11 for 19 with 154 yards and a touchdown.

• Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns while also catching three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. It was his eighth consecutive 100-yard game, which broke the franchise record for most consecutive 100-yard games.

• Johnson now has 2,017 yards from scrimmage this season, passing Earl Campbell's franchise record of 1,981 yards in 1980.

• The Rams have lost five straight games and 11 straight games against the AFC.

• In his first career start, Keith Null went 27 for 43 with 157 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions.

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-- ESPN Stats & Information

"Take one game at a time and worry about our next opponent," Johnson said.

The Titans started a three-game homestand by handing the struggling Rams (1-12) a fifth straight loss even with Vince Young sidelined by a strained right hamstring most of the game.

Young started despite an achy right knee and played well until pulling up at the end of a 44-yard run -- the longest of his career -- midway through the second quarter. He left with a 14-0 lead and watched from the sideline as Kerry Collins finished off the win.

Coach Jeff Fisher called the injury a mild strain. Whether Young plays next against Miami remains to be seen.

"We'll see," Young said. "I don't want to speak too fast. Right now I just want to go in, rehab it and get it back strong."

The Titans intercepted five passes they turned into 20 points, ruining the NFL debut of rookie Keith Null as St. Louis' third quarterback this season.

Rob Bironas kicked four field goals with a long of 50 yards, Vincent Fuller returned an interception 45 yards for a TD and Collins tossed a TD pass. Keith Bulluck and Cortland Finnegan had two interceptions apiece.

"We felt a third-string quarterback shouldn't come in and beat us if we stop the run and do the right things," Finnegan said.

Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher, became the fifth player in NFL history to reach 2,000 yards from scrimmage in his team's first 13 yards, joining Jim Brown, Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson and Priest Holmes.

Johnson also set a couple of franchise records as his 17-yard run at the end of the first half pushed him past Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell's mark of 1,981 yards from scrimmage in 1980. Johnson also has the team mark with eight straight 100-yard rushing games, breaking his tie with Campbell at seven.

His 17-yard run at the end of the first half pushed him past Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell's mark of 1,981 yards from scrimmage in 1980. Johnson also has the team mark with eight straight 100-yard rushing games, breaking his tie with Campbell at seven.

Johnson has 1,626 yards rushing and remains on pace to finish with 2,001 yards at this rate.

Steven Jackson came in second only to Johnson in rushing. Tennessee held the Rams' top offensive threat to a season-low 47 yards on 19 carries. Jackson was visibly upset after the game.

"Instead of standing here embarrassing myself, and my family, I'm just going to say I'm tired. I'm just tired. I'm tired. You fill in the blanks. However you want to write the article, however you want to say it, I'm just tired," Jackson said before walking away from his locker.

Kyle Boller had been limited in practice with a sore thigh. No lineup change was announced before Null took the field for the Rams' first series for his first NFL snaps even though St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo said earlier this week he hoped not to use the sixth-round pick this season.

But Boller couldn't push off the leg in pre-game warmups, so Null started. Spagnuolo wouldn't commit to which quarterback will start next week. Null started well enough, completing 7 of his first 8 passes for 42 yards. Then it went downhill, and he finished 27 of 43 for 157 yards.

"You put a guy in a tough situation, but Keith's pretty solid. He's got some resolve, so I'm going to hope that he will be able to shake it off," Spagnuolo said.

The Rams did score a rare TD when Null found Randy McMichael with an 11-yard pass in the fourth quarter, a score set up when Spagnuolo called a fake punt on fourth-and-7. Kenneth Darby had a big hole as he ran 51 yards to the Tennessee 13.

Right guard Richie Incognito didn't help the Rams either, picking up personal fouls for head-butting Sen'Derrick Marks in the first quarter and for pushing over Fuller after a play ended. Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch pushed Incognito over with a hand, and a flag flew. The 15-yard penalty went to Incognito. The Rams were flagged 10 times for 82 yards.

The Titans were much sharper including Young, who posted a perfect passer rating in the first quarter at 158.3 as he completed five of his first six passes for 132 yards with a TD. He showed no signs of a balky knee as he moved around and even took off running.

But Young pulled up at the end, grabbing at the back of his right leg. He went into the locker room and watched the second half from the sideline with a ballcap turned backward.

Collins, benched for Young after that winless start, came in and kept the scoring going. The Titans led 33-0 before the Rams avoided the shutout.

Game notes


The Titans matched the most points scored since a 47-10 win at Detroit on Thanksgiving 2008. ... Fuller's interception return was the fourth of his career for a TD. ... Collins' TD went to Alge Crumpler, the tight end's first touchdown since Oct. 5, 2008, at Baltimore. ... The Titans have won eight straight over NFC opponents. ... Titans LB David Thornton hurt a shoulder and did not return. ... This is the seventh time this season St. Louis has been held to 10 or fewer points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STL
TEN
1st Downs1519
Passing 1st downs
911
Rushing 1st downs
58
1st downs from Penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
5-154-13
4th down efficiency
2-33-3
Total Plays6557
Total Yards240446
Yards per play3.77.8
Total Drives1213
Passing160286
Comp - Att
28-4417-27
Yards per pass
3.610.6
Interceptions thrown
50
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-50-0
Rushing80160
Rushing Attempts
2030
Yards per rush
4.05.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-5
Penalties10-824-40
Turnovers51
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
50
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession31:5728:03

Passing Leaders

STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Null28/441653.8151-5
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins11/191548.1100-0
Young6/813216.5100-0

Rushing Leaders

STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darby15151.0051
Jackson18392.2012
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson281174.2239
Young14444.0044

Receiving Leaders

STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Gibson6437.201011
Fells33210.70133
TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Britt27537.50442
Johnson36923.01664

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSTLTEN
tenTD03:06Chris Johnson 39 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 07
tenTD00:06Chris Johnson 66 Yd Pass From Vince Young (Rob Bironas Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERSTLTEN
tenFG06:57Rob Bironas 27 Yd 017
tenFG01:04Rob Bironas 34 Yd 020
tenFG00:00Rob Bironas 36 Yd 023
THIRD QUARTERSTLTEN
tenFG08:15Rob Bironas 50 Yd 026
tenTD02:02Chris Johnson 3 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 033
FOURTH QUARTERSTLTEN
stlTD13:02Randy McMichael 11 Yd Pass From Keith Null (Josh Brown Kick) 733
tenTD07:31Alge Crumpler 1 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Rob Bironas Kick) 740
tenTD05:44Vincent Fuller 45 Yd Interception Return (Rob Bironas Kick) 747