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Johnson: Titan 'D' slows Rams' rookie QB

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Tennessee Titan defense only allowed 240 yards and held the NFL's second leading rusher Steven Jackson to only 47 yards on 19 carries and added five interceptions in a 47-7 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon.

Rams rookie quarterback Keith Null got his first start of his career and Tennessee welcomed him to the NFL in a way he soon won't forget.

"I thought the defensive line did a real nice job of applying pressure. There was not a lot of time to throw the football," Titan coach Jeff Fisher said. "We didn't get the sacks we had hoped for, but the ball had to come out. When the ball comes out and it's coming out of the hand of an inexperienced quarterback, you're going to have opportunities to make big plays. That's what they did."

St. Louis had 12 drives in the game. Six ended with punts and five were halted by interceptions.

Keith Bullock and Courtland Finnegan each hauled in a pair of picks while Vincent Fuller added the other and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

Fuller's pick-six was the second this season and fourth in his career.

Finnegan now has five interceptions on the season.

"It was a great defensive game plan," Finnegan said. "Coach talked about it all week, having to stop the run first and be able to make the plays in the back end. It's tough for a rookie quarterback to come in there and make the plays if the running game gets stopped. We were able to make some plays so it was a great defensive scheme and effort and we were able to come out on top."

Several years ago Bullock named himself "Mr. Monday Night" after turning in several outstanding performances with interceptions while playing on Monday Night Football.

When asked if he should be called "Mr. December 13," he said, "How about "Mr. I Just Get It Done?" For the last 10 or last eight (games) I feel I have. Today we got it done as a team and it was a very impressive victory."

-- Gary Johnson is a Times-Gazette sports writer. He can be reached at gjohnson@t-g.com.

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