OPENING LINE -- Rams by 7 1/2.
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Titans 13-5; Rams 14-4.
SERIES RECORD -- Rams lead 5-3.
LAST TIME MET -- Tennessee beat St. Louis 24-21 on Oct. 31 at Tennessee.
POSTSEASON RECORDS -- Titans 12-13; Rams 15-20.
RECORD VS. COMMON OPPONENTS -- Titans 8-2; Rams 9-1.
TITANS OFFENSE -- RUSH (13), PASS (13T), OVERALL (13)
Scored 16 points in decisive third quarter at Jacksonville to win AFC championship. Gained 177 yards on the ground. QB Steve McNair had 91 yards rushing on 9 carries, with 2 1-yard TD runs. He was 14-for-23 for 112 yards, with 1 TD pass. RB Eddie George had 25 carries for 86 yards. WR Yancey Thigpen had 2 catches, including 9-yard TD grab, but left game with broken toe. He is doubtful.
RAMS OFFENSE -- RUSH (5), PASS (1), OVERALL (1)
Gained 309 total yards in beating Tampa Bay for NFC title. Averaged 400.8 per game in regular season. NFL MVP QB Kurt Warner was 26-for-43 for 258 yards with 1 TD and 3 INTs. Offensive Player of Year RB Marshall Faulk had just 44 yards rushing. WR Ricky Proehl had 6 catches for 100 yards, with game-winning 30-yard TD catch. Rookie WR Torry Holt had 7 catches for 68 yards.
TITANS DEFENSE -- RUSH (10), PASS (25), OVERALL (17)
Allowed 360 total yards, 144 rushing. Allowed 96.9 yards rushing during regular season. Forced 5 fumbles. LB Eddie Robinson had 6 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. S Blaine Bishop had 5 tackles and 1 sack. DTs Jason Fisk and Josh Evans combined on a sack in end zone for safety, Titans' NFL-record second of playoffs. S Marcus Robertson had 3 tackles and 1 INT, but left game with broken ankle. He is out. Anthony Dorsett starts.
RAMS DEFENSE -- RUSH (1), PASS (20), OVERALL (6)
Allowed just 203 total yards. Recorded 5 sacks and had 2 INTs. LB London Fletcher had 7 tackles and 2 assists. DT D'Marco Farr had 5 tackles and 1 sack. DE Grant Wistrom had 4 tackles and 1 sack. NFC sacks leader LB Kevin Carter had 1 sack. Pro Bowl CB Todd Lyght and rookie DB Dre' Bly each had 1 INT. DB Billy Jenkins and LB Mike A. Jones each had 4 solo tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS -- Titans PR Derrick Mason had an 80-yard return for a TD. Rams K Jeff Wilkins had a 24-yard FG, but missed a 44-yarder. P Mike Horan averaged 43.8 yards on 4 punts.
KEY MATCHUPS -- NFL Defensive Rookie of Year DE Jevon Kearse vs. Rams MVP Warner and Offensive Player of Year Faulk; Titans CB Samari Rolle vs. Rams WR Isaac Bruce.
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Titans make first Super Bowl trip in franchise history -- beginning in AFL in 1960 -- becoming last original AFL team to make it to Super Bowl. ... Titans are just sixth wild-card team to advance to Super Bowl. ... Titans Pro Bowl G Bruce Matthews makes first Super Bowl appearance of 17-year career, all with Oilers-Titans franchise. ... Titans are 9-0 when McNair has TD run (2 last week vs. Jaguars). ... McNair had 2 TD passes and TD run in first quarter of previous meeting with Rams this season. ... Titans led NFL with 24 fumble recoveries and plus-18 turnover differential was second in league. ... Rams are making second Super Bowl appearance. ...
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