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Rams vs. Titans final score, results: Jeffery Simmons leads defensive charge as Titans rout Rams without Derrick Henry

Sporting News logo Sporting News 11/8/2021 Jake Aferiat

Even though they might not have had Derrick Henry for their Week 9 matchup against the Rams, the Titans did have defensive end Jeffery Simmons.

Simmons had three of Tennesee's five sacks on the night and looked like the best defensive player on the field out of a group that included Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey as the Titans routed Los Angeles 28-16.

A poor offensive showing allowed Tennesee's once-criticized defensive unit, led by Simmons, to capitalize. The Titans registered four tackles for loss and two interceptions, including a pick-six, in addition to those sacks.

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The Titans' offense was unremarkable, failing to even reach 200 total yards. To make matters worse, it was just 4 of 12 on third down and averaged just 3.5 yards per play. However, it did manage to turn it on when it mattered, as it was a perfect 3 for 3 in the red zone.

The team totaled just 69 rushing yards In Henry's absence, including 21 yards and a touchdown from newly signed Adrian Peterson. The passing attack wasn't much better as Ryan Tannehill was 19 for 27 for just 143 yards through the air.

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The Rams' offense put up better numbers — 347 total yards, 22 first downs and a win in time of possesion at 32:21 — but it wasn't enough to overcome Tennesee's defense and some self-inflicted blows. Los Angeles went just 4 of 15 on third down and was penalized 12 times for 115 yards.

The win moves the Titans to 7-2 and even more firmly atop the AFC South standings with home matchups against New Orleans and Houston in the coming weeks. The Rams, meanwhile, drop to 7-2 and are in second place in the NFC West behind Arizona.

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Rams vs. Titans on "Sunday Night Football." Below are complete results from the NFL Week 9 prime-time game.

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Rams vs. Titans score

 
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Rams 3 0 3 10 16
Titans 0 21 0 7 28

Rams vs. Titans live updates, highlights from Sunday Night Football

Final: Tennesee 28, Los Angeles 16

11:30 p.m.:  Tennesee takes over with 24 seconds left on the Rams 49 and the Titans knee it out to end it from the victory formation.

11:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, RAMS. With 24 seconds left, the Rams get on the board one final time as Stafford hits Michel from 3 yards for the score. Titans 28, Rams 16  with 24 seconds left in the game.

11:25 p.m.:  On third-and-goal, the Rams get hit for a false start and are driven back 5 yards but then get bailed out by a penalty on the Titans.

11:24 p.m.:  The Rams get a first down after Sony Michel takes it for 4 yards.

11:23 p.m.:  Robert Woods hauls it in for 9 yards to bring up fourth-and-inches. Titans take a timeout with 1:20 left.

11:21 p.m.:  On second-and-2, the Rams are inside the red zone to the Tennesee 15 after Stafford hits Kupp for 6 yards. 1:32 left in the game.

11:14 p.m.:  Last three plays for the Rams: 13, 3 and 16 yards as the two-minute warning approaches. Now second-and-5 from the Tennesee 38 for the Rams as Kupp picks up the first down and the two-minute warning.

11:09 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS.  In his first game with his new team, Adrian Peterson finds the end zone, a 1-yard run. Titans 28, Rams 9 with 3:00 left in the game. That's Peterson's 125th career touchdown.

11:07 p.m.:  On first down from the 22, AJ Brown hauls it in for 16 yards to the LA 6. Titans primed to score again late and put this one away. LA calls a timeout, its first of the half.

11:06 p.m.:  Another roughing the passer call against the Rams. Tennesee moves up another 15 yards to the Rams 22 with 4:06 left.

11:04 p.m.:  Tennesee gets bailed out by a roughing the passer penalty after Tannehill's third down pass inititally falls incomplete. Move past midfield to the Rams 37.

10:59 p.m.:  The Rams turn It over downs after Stafford throws an incompletion fourth-and-1. Titans take over at their 40 with 6:39 left.

10:56 p.m.:  Stafford hits Robert Woods for 22 yards on third down and then for 11 yards on first down. It's first-and-10 from the Rams' 49 with 8:17 left.

10:55 p.m.:  The Rams get called for holding and get driven back. Third-and-11 from their 16.

10:54 p.m.:  On second-and-1, Stafford rolls out and throws it deep with no receiver in sight to make it third-and-1.

10:51 p.m.:  With 10:35 left in the game, the Titans punt it away. Los Angeles takes over at its own 17 trying to make it a one-score game.

10:48 p.m.:  Tennesee gets hit for a false start and gets driven back 5 yards. Now back in their own territory for the Titans.

10:46 p.m.:  On third-and-10 from the 38, Julio Jones picks up the first down. Titans gain 13 on the play and are officially past midfield at the Rams' 49.

10:42 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAMS.  Matt Gay splits the uprights for the third time tonight, this time from 54.  Titans 21, Rams 9  with 14:55 left in the game.

End third quarter: Titans 21, Rams 6

10:37 p.m.:  The Rams had third-and-6 from the Titans' 30 but Stafford is sacked yet again. Drives LA back to the Tennesee 36 to end the third quarter.

10:29 p.m.:  The Titans pick up 7 on third down, but it's not enough for the first. Tennesee punts it away.

10:27 p.m.:  Following the field goal by the Rams, the Titans are looking at third-and-8 from their 22.


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10:25 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAMS. Gay splits the uprights and the Rams cut into their deficit slightly. Titans 21, Rams 6 with 8:10 left.

10:24 p.m.:  The Rams get hit with an illegal touching call, wiping the touchdown off the board and resulting in a loss of down. Rams opt for the field goal.

10:20 p.m.:   Stafford hits Higbee again, this time on third-and-goal for four yards and a touchdown, but it's under review.

10:17 p.m.:  On third-and-1, Stafford hits Higbee for a gain of 26 and an easy first down. Rams now inside the red zone.

10:16 p.m.:  Darrell Henderson with his 10th carry of the game. This one sets up third-and-1 from the Titans 45 for the Rams.

10:13 p.m.:  Stafford fires and hits Van Jefferson for 20 yards and they near midfield. First pass of 10-plus yards downfield completed for the Rams tonight.

10:06 p.m.:  Tennesee's last three plays go for 9, 11 and 6 yards. Now third-and-down and-4 but it's incomplete and Tennesee punts it away.

10:04 p.m.:  The Titans start the third quarter at their own 25 following the touchback on the opening kickoff.

Halftime: Tennesee 21, Los Angeles 3

9:48 p.m.:  On second-and-5 from the Tennesee 45, Tannehill is sacked again as the half draws to a close. Tennesee gets the ball out of halftime.

9:43 p.m.:  Tannehill is sacked for the first time tonight. One minute left and counting in the first half.

9:40 p.m.:  On third-and-13 with 1:24 left, Stafford's pass falls incomplete. Rams punt it away and Tennesee gets a chance to score before the half.

9:38 p.m.:  With 2:00 left, Stafford is dropped again. His fourth time sacked tonight. Second-and-19 from the Rams' 21.

9:31 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS.  Tannehill strolls into the end zone as he keeps it himself. Titans 21, Rams 3 with 2:10 left in the first half.

9:29 p.m.:  The Rams call a timeout with 2:15 left in the first half. Titans keep the offense on the field for the fourth-and-goal situation from the 1.

9:28 p.m.:  Peterson takes the snap under center on the wildcat and it's third-and-goal from the 1 for the Titans and Tannehill's pass is out of the back of the end zone.

9:26 p.m.:  On fourth-and-1 from the 8, the Titans opt to go for it and get it on a QB keeper by Tannehill.

9:25 p.m.:  The Titans get 15 yards after a face mask call against the Rams. Moves the Titans up to the Rams' 18 and inside the red zone.

9:23 p.m.:  Tennesee converts on third down, as Tannehill finds the receivers for 14 yards. Titans now at the Rams' 34.

9:20 p.m.:  The Titans' running play goes for a loss of 7 after Jalen Ramsey gets into the backfield. It's now third-and-4 for the Titans from their 48.

9:16 p.m.:  Stafford is sacked for the third time in the game. Drops the Rams back to the 15 looking at fourth-and-15. The Rams punt it away and Tennesee takes over at its own 36.

9:14 p.m.:  The Rams opt to run the ball on the first play following the pick-six. Goes for 12 yards for Henderson.

9:09 p.m.: PICK-SIX, TITANS.  The Titans increase their lead as Stafford's first-and-10 pass from the 21 is picked off by Kevin Byard. It's returned 24 yards for the score. Titans 14, Rams 3 with 12:10 left in the second.

9:04 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TITANS.  Tannehill fakes it to Peterson and hits tight end Geoff Swaim wide open in the back of the end zone. Titans 7, Rams 3 for Tennessee's first lead of the night. 12:21 left in the second.

9:02 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, TITANS. Stafford is falling the ground in the end zone and spinning around to avoid the safety. Tries to throw it away but it gets picked off. First-and-goal from the 2 for the Titans.

9:01 p.m.:  The Rams are now looking at second-and-11 from their own 3 following a false start penalty on LA.

8:57 p.m.:  Tennesee goes three-and-out again as the Titans punt it away. LA takes over at its own 4 yard line.

8:56 p.m.:  Jeremy McNichols gets dropped for a loss of 3 yards and the Titans go backward to open the second quarter.

End first quarter: Rams 3, Titans 0

8:53 p.m.:  The first quarter comes to a close with Tannehill completing a pass to tight end Anthony Firkser for 7 yards. Titans will start the second quarter looking at second-and-3 from their 42.

8:50 p.m.:  Rams quickly looking at third-and-15 and go three-and-out as Stafford's pass to tight end Tyler Higbee falls incomplete. Johnny Hekker punts it away and the Titans take over at their 35.

8:49 p.m.:  LA gets penalized on a run by Darrell Henderson. A holding call drives them back 10. First-and-15 from their 24.

8:45 p.m.:  The Titans' second offensive drive of the game is a three-and-out and they punt it away to the Rams' 29.

8:43 p.m.:  The Titans take back over on offense from their own 25.

8:40 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAMS.  The Rams march down the field and come away with three points as Matt Gay nails the 34-yarder.  Rams 3, Titans 0  with 3:46 left in the first.

8:39 p.m.:  On third-and-4, Stafford's pass is tipped at the line of scrimmage. Field goal unit comes out for the Rams.

8:37 p.m.:  Another big play for the Rams as Stafford keeps himself and takes it for 12 yards and the first down. Rams at the 22 and nearing the red zone.

8:37 p.m.:  Following the interception, the Rams get pickups of 12, 14 and 4 yards. Now third-and-6 from the Titans 38.

8:33 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, RAMS. Jalen Ramsey picks off Tannehill for the game's first turnover. Rams take back over at their own 35.

8:32 p.m .:  First passing play of the game is Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill to wideout AJ Brown for 15 yards to the Titans' 38.

8:31 p.m.:  The first play for the Titans is a handoff to newly acquired running back Adrian Peterson for 3 yards.

8:27 p.m.:  Stafford Is sacked again. Now third-and-26 and the Rams go three-and-out as they punt it away for a touchback.

8:26 p.m.:  The first big play of the game goes for 14 yards to Robert Woods but Stafford is quickly sacked. Second-and-19 from the Rams' 38 for LA.

8:22 p.m.:  The Rams begin with the ball at their own 25 following the touchback to start the game.

Rams vs. Titans start time

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 7
  • Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET | 5:20 p.m. PT

Rams vs. Titans is scheduled to start at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT) from SoFi Stadium.

How to watch 'Sunday Night Football'

  • TV channel (national): NBC
  • Live Stream: Peacock, fuboTV

Rams vs. Titans will be broadcast nationally on NBC along with every "Sunday Night Football" game during the 2021 NFL season. The game will be called by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, with Michelle Tafoya on the sideline. It can be streamed live on Peacock or with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial .

In Canada, viewers can watch Rams vs. Titans on DAZN, which includes every NFL game as part of a 30-day free trial .

'Sunday Night Football' schedule 2021

 
Week Date Matchup
1 Sept. 9 (Thu.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Sept. 12 Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
2 Sept. 19 Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
3 Sept. 26 San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
4 Oct. 3 New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 Oct. 10 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
6 Oct. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
7 Oct. 24 San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
8 Oct. 31 Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
9 Nov. 7 Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
10 Nov. 14 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
11 Nov. 21 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12 Nov. 28 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
13 Dec. 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
14 Dec. 12 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
15 Dec. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
16 Dec. 26 Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys
17 Jan. 2 Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
18 Jan. 9 TBD
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