Mike Munchak 1, Jeff Fisher 0.
If style points were rewarded, neither team would’ve qualified. All that matters is the Tennessee Titans ended their three-game losing streak with a 28-21 road victory against the St. Louis Rams. This was the first meeting between the current and former Titans head coach. Excluding preseason and postseason games, these teams won’t play before 2017.
After having 110 rushing yards through the last four games, Chris Johnson had 23 carries for 150 yards with two touchdowns. He had three catches for 20 yards. All four of the Titans’ touchdowns came from running the football. Shonn Greene (1) and Jake Locker (1) each had touchdown runs.
The Titans jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their opening drive. They wouldn’t score again until Johnson had a 14-yard touchdown run with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter. They overcame a 14-7 deficit against a Rams team who started this week as three-point underdogs.
For Tennessee, this was a much-needed victory that puts them within striking distance of the AFC’s second wild-card berth. The New York Jets hold that honor following a 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Jets are 5-4. The Titans join the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins as 4-4 teams. The Chargers lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Washington Redskins, 30-24.
Check back at Titan Sized for a studs, duds, grades and reaction piece later tonight or tomorrow. AFC power rankings will come out Monday morning.