Titans beat Fisher, Rams 28-21

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 Cortland 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.

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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