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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw interceptions on consecutive passes in the second quarter; Replacing Derrick Henry as the Tennessee Titans starting running back, 36-year-old future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson had 21 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries

Last Updated: 08/11/21 6:16am

Adrian Peterson scored a fourth-quarter touchdown in his first game for the Tennessee Titans

Adrian Peterson scored a fourth-quarter touchdown in his first game for the Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans – without their superstar running back Derrick Henry – stunned the Los Angeles Rams with a 28-16 road victory at SoFi Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

Story of the Game

Tennessee (7-2) claimed a fifth-straight win despite having only 194 total yards. But the defense sacked Rams (7-2) quarterback Matthew Stafford five times and had interceptions on consecutive passes early in the second quarter to change the game.

Henry’s replacements – 36-year-old future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNichols and D’Onta Foreman – combined for 74 yards on 22 carries. Peterson scored on a goal-line touchdown run in the fourth quarter in his first game for his new team.

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Stats leaders

Titans

  • Passing: Ryan Tannehill, 19/27, 143 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Jeremy McNichols, seven carries, 24 yards
  • Adrian Peterson, 10 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD
  • Receiving: A.J. Brown, five catches, 42 yards

Rams

  • Passing: Matthew Stafford, 31/48, 294 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
  • Rushing: Darrell Henderson, 11 carries, 55 yards
  • Receiving: Robert Woods, seven catches, 98 yards
  • Cooper Kupp, 11 catches, 95 yards

Scoring Summary

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Titans 0-3 Rams Matt Gay 34-yard field goal
SECOND QUARTER
Titans 7-3 Rams Ryan Tannehill two-yard TD pass to Geoff Swaim (extra point)
Titans 14-3 Rams Kevin Byard 24-yard interception return for a TD (extra point)
Titans 21-3 Rams Ryan Tannehill one-yard TD run (extra point)
THIRD QUARTER
Titans 21-6 Rams Matt Gay 22-yard field goal
FOURTH QUARTER
Titans 21-9 Rams Matt Gay 54-yard field goal
Titans 28-9 Rams Adrian Peterson one-yard TD run (extra point)
Titans 28-16 Rams Matthew Stafford three-yard TD pass to Sony Michel (extra point)

Key Plays

It was Los Angeles who started the game the strongest, taking a 3-0 lead as Matt Gay kicked a 34-yard field goal that was set up when Jalen Ramsey intercepted Ryan Tannehill.

But the second quarter swung wildly Tennessee’s way, with Stafford first unwisely forcing a pass when backed up in his own endzone, David Long picked off the Rams QB and on the next play, Tannehill picked out tight end Geoff Swaim for the touchdown.

Stafford’s next pass was similarly ill-fated, with Kevin Byard’s interception this time returned 24 yards for a pick-six touchdown that suddenly saw the Titans into a healthy 14-3 lead.

Tennessee’s offense didn’t need a helping hand on their next possession, marching the ball 64 yards down the field on a 14-play drive that ate up over seven minutes of the clock and was ended with a Tannehill goal-line score to secure a 21-3 half-time advantage for the visitors.

L.A. scored on their first two offensive series of the second half, but failed to find the endzone on both occasions, settling for field goals to cut the deficit to 12.

But, crucially, midway through the fourth quarter, the Rams turned the ball over on downs when going for it on 4th-and-1 from the Tennessee 40-yard-line and Peterson subsequently scored for the Titans to all but end the game.

Stafford had a garbage-time touchdown toss to Sony Michel in the final minute of an otherwise chastening evening for the Super Bowl hopefuls.

What’s Next?

The Colts (4-5) are next in action on Sunday, November 14 in an AFC South clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6). The Jets (2-6), meanwhile, have a somewhat trickier task ahead in their own AFC East divisional matchup against the Buffalo Bills (5-2).

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