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Both times, however, the Titans overcame the offensive errors and refused to allow points off either turnover and capitalized on a critical mistake by the Rams.
Tennessee forced three straight incompletions by Kellen Clemens and a missed 44-yard field goal attempt by Greg Zuerlein in the first half.
“For our defense to come back out and stop them three-and-out and then force a missed field goal was huge,” Locker said. “We didn’t score points or any of that but I think we went in with momentum. After you have a play like that it’s a big thing for you as a team.”
The Titans’ defense followed the second turnover by reclaiming the ball on a sack and forced fumble my
“I came through with a double swipe, and the ball came free,” Casey said. “I knew we needed a big play for the team and I had to come up with it and I got the job done so we could take the lead.”
Casey won a one-on-one rush up the middle and struck the ball from Clemens’ grasp.
The Titans forced a quick three-and-punt on the Rams’ next possession but were only able to run 1:22 off the clock and punted with 1:05 remaining. Rookie Tavon Austin returned
St. Louis moved the ball to the Tennessee 26-yard line with 21 seconds remaining, and Clemens took two shots at the end zone with throws to Austin Pettis that were well defended.
Locker was able to take a knee on the following play to give Tennessee (4-4) its first win since Sept. 29 when Locker suffered hip and knee sprains against the New York Jets.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said he was pleased with the way his team fought until the end and finished the challenging game.
“We all knew how important this game was for us after losing three tough football games in a row and after starting 3-1,” Munchak said. “We came into a tough place to play and to a team that also needed to win in a bad way. Yes this is a big win for us and we just knew that we need to find a way to win. We haven’t won in over 30 days. That is a long time. I thought the guys really fought hard today, it wasn’t always how we like it, but I thought they hung together.”
|This close-up illustrates the patch that Titans players are wearing on their jerseys in memory of Titans/Oilers founder K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., who owned the franchise 54 years before passing away Oct. 21.|
FOR “BUD”: Titans players wore a uniform patch, and coaches wore lapel pins with the Titans logo and “Bud” written on them in honor of Titans/Oilers founder K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., who owned the franchise 54 years before passing away Oct. 21 at age 90.
Munchak dedicated game balls to members of Adams’ family.
WILLIAMS HANDLES RETURNS:
The fourth-year pro stepped into the role in place of Darius Reynaud, who was released after Tennessee’s game against San Francisco.
Williams averaged 29.5 yards on two kickoff returns, including a 37-yarder to help the Titans score a touchdown drive to tie the game at 14 in the third quarter. Williams also alertly recovered what was ruled a muffed punt after he tried to signal a fair catch and was struck as the ball arrived. Officials ruled the contact occurred because
CASEY KEEPS CLIMBING: In addition to the sack fumble, Casey recorded another sack of Clemens, further adding to his career high total for a season with a team-best six sacks.
CAREER LONG FOR WRIGHT: Second-year receiver
GRIFFIN’S STREAK ENDS: A quadriceps injury sidelined
WASHINGTON’S HALTED, TOO: Nate Washington’s streak of 85 straight games (71 with Tennessee) with at least one reception ended Sunday. Locker targeted the receiver four times but was unable to connect.
SENSABAUGH RECOVERS FUMBLE:
It was the second takeaway for the second-year nickel back in a four-game span (vs. Kansas City on Oct. 6).
INACTIVES: The Titans were also without starting linebacker