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

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

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

Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter 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 win at SoFi Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

Game history

Tennessee (7-2) claimed a fifth straight victory 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.

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

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Stat leaders


  • 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: AJ Brown, five catches, 42 yards


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

Score Summary

Score Summary

Titans 0-3 rams Matt Gay 34-yard field goal
Titans 7-3 rams Ryan Tannehill passes two-yard TD 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 touchdown run (extra point)
Titans 21-6 rams 22-yard field goal by Matt Gay
Titans 21-9 rams Matt Gay 54-yard field goal
Titans 28-9 rams Adrian Peterson 1-yard touchdown (extra point)
Titans 28-16 rams Three-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Sony Michel (extra point)

Key plays

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

But the second quarter rocked wildly on the Tennessee road, with Stafford first recklessly forcing a pass when he was back in his own end zone, David Long intercepted the Rams’ QB and on the next play, Tannehill selected the tight end. Geoff Swaim for the touchdown.

Stafford’s next pass was equally unfortunate, with Kevin Byard’s interception this time returning 24 yards for a pick-6 touchdown that suddenly led the Titans to a healthy 14-3 lead.

Tennessee’s offense needed no help on their next possession, marching the ball 64 yards down the field in a 14-play drive that ate more than seven minutes off the clock and ended with a goal-line marker from Tannehill to secure a goal. . 21-3 advantage at half-time for visitors.

LA scored in his first two offensive drives of the second half, but couldn’t find the end zone both times, settling for field goals to cut the deficit to 12.

But more importantly, midway through the fourth quarter, the Rams flipped the ball on downs when they went for him at fourth-and-1 from Tennessee’s 40-yard line and Peterson subsequently scored for the Titans to nearly end the game.

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

Whats Next?

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

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