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Super Bowl XXXIV will always link Titans to Rams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans will forever have significant history with the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles after 21 seasons in St. Louis.

The Rams’ high point during that stretch was a win in Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome on Jan. 30, 2000. They beat the Titans in a classic game that capped Tennessee’s first year as the reinvented Houston Oilers playing at what was then Adelphia Stadium, wearing the flame ball logo.

The Titans fell behind 16-0 in the third quarter, and coach Jeff Fisher gathered his team and pointed at the opposite sideline.

“They’re celebrating over there,” Fisher hollered, suggesting the Rams thought the game was over and that he knew differently.

The Titans rallied for 16 unanswered points, starting with a one-yard Eddie George touchdown run and a missed two-point conversion.

It was 16-16 in the fourth quarter when Jevon Kearse narrowly missed getting to Rams quarterback Kurt Warner as he threw up the right sideline for Isaac Bruce. Defensive backs Denard Walker and Anthony Dorsett failed to make a play, as Bruce came back to the ball and then ran away with it for a 73-yard touchdown with 1:54 left in the game.

The Titans responded with a remarkable drive against a tiring Rams defense. But it came down to one play from the St. Louis 10-yard line with five seconds left. Steve McNair hit Kevin Dyson over the middle underneath, but Rams linebacker Mike Jones made a textbook tackle, dropping the stretching Dyson one yard short of a touchdown that could have forced the first overtime in Super Bowl history.

It ranks as a classic Super Bowl moment and a classic sports ending, and the Titans will always be on the wrong side of it.

“I think we all feel this way: we were the better team, the tougher team,” said Frank Wycheck, the Titans' star tight end who’s now on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, the same station I am on. “We beat them almost into submission. We just ran out of time.”

But it’s not the St. Louis element of things as much as the Rams element that sticks with Wycheck.

“As long as the Ram is on the helmet it will always remind me that they have something we should have,” he said.