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    Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    Since their was a member that wanted me to finish the rest of my post on Historical Moments here you are ( sorry for not finishing that post I really was not feeling well while posting that thread soooo here is the rest hope you enjoy ...

    Historical Moments:

    1995: As the Rams got ready for their first season in St. Louis, work was speeded up for a brand new domed stadium in downtown St. Louis ... Despite the increased work the new Trans World Dome would not be ready for the season, and the Rams would have to use Busch Stadium for their first 2 home games ... After stunning the Packers in Green Bay 17-14 on September 3rd, the Rams came home to play their first official game in St. Louis....Fans in the gateway were pleased to have the NFL back and sold out Busch Stadium as the Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 17-13 to improve to 2-0. The Rams would go on to win their next 2 games as well to complete a 4-0 start... After a 21-18 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis, the Rams set to open the Trans World Dome against the Atlanta Falcons...He Rams would open the dome with a 21-19 win to improve to 5-1, setting up a showdown game with San Francisco *****... The ***** game was the moment of truth for the Rams; unfortunately it exposed many weaknesses as the Rams lost 44-10. At 5-2 the Rams still sat in good playoff position, but the loss to the ***** was only the beginning in the final 9 games the Rams won just 2 to finish with a 7-9 record ...

    1996: The Rams shake up their team by trading unhappy stars RB Jerome Bettis, and Shawn Gilbert ... To replace Bettis the Rams draft Nebraska star Lawrence Phillips. The new look Rams start their second season in St. Louis with a win 26-16 against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Trans World Dome. However the Rams would lose their next 4 as Phillips struggled in his rookie season ... After a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars the Rams would continue to struggle and sat at 3-9. The Rams would win 3 of their last 4, to finish with a 6-10 record... However Coach Rich Brooks was still fired following the season in which Phillips only rushed for 632 yards, while scoring 4 TDs ...

    1997: The Rams change their entire coaching staff, as a group of old pros come in to lead the Rams. Leading the way is Dick Vermiel who is returning to coaching after a 15-year hiatus ... One of Vermiel's first moves is to trade up in the draft to select OT Orland Pace to be the foundation of a strong Offensive Line ... The Vermiel led Rams win their first game of the season against the New Orleans Saints 38-24. However once again the 1-0 start would not last long as the Rams lost 10 of their next 11 games ... The Rams would close the season strong again winning 3 of their final 4 to close out with a 5-11 record ...

    1998: In the off season the Rams are forced to release Lawrence Phillips after off the field troubles, and on field struggles become to much for the club to handle. When the season started the Rams continued to struggle going 4-12 on the season... Following their 9th consecutive losing season the Rams release turnover prone QB Tony Banks ...

    1999: The Rams reshaped through trades, and free agency as the Rams acquire Marshall Faulk in a blockbuster draft day trade from the Indianapolis Colts. To lead the offense the Rams sign free agent QB Trent Green... Green and Faulk show promise in the preseason, as the Rams were impressive in winning their first 2 exhibition games. However, in the 3rd preseason tune up Green suffers a season ending knee injury, forcing the Rams to change directions once again... To replace Green the Rams cal on back up Kurt Warner, who had never started a NFL game in a career that featured stints in NFL Europe, and Arena Football... Going into the season with an unknown QB most experts thought Rams were in for their 10ths straight losing season, as Dick Vermeil was a lame duck coach, who's time had passed him by... Led by QB Kurt Warner the Rams get off to a fast start winning their first 3 games while scoring 100 points. However none believed the Rams for real, as they set to play the San Francisco *****, a team that has exposed them as phonies in the past, and a team they had not beaten in 9 years... The Rams would not only win the game, but it was not even close as the Rams ran over the aging ***** 42-20, forcing people to take notice of the Rams unknown QB... The Rams would win their next 2 games to complete an incredible 6-0 start. In Week 7 the Rams would suffer their first defeat of the season 24-21 in Tennessee against the Titans... The Rams would lose again the next week to the Lions in Detroit 31-27. Just as people were thinking the Rams were crashing to reality, the Rams rebounded winning their next 7 games to clinch the best record in the NFC... Along the way Warner earned MVP honors by throwing for 4,353 yards, while connection on 41 TD passes, while Marshall Faulk collected the Offensive Player of the year award with 2,429 yards in total offense... In addition Dick Vermiel would own coach of the year honors, proving the old pro still had something left... The Rams would lose a meaningless game at the end of the season, as they headed to the playoff for the first time in 10 years with a 13-3 record... On January 16th the city of St. Louis host its first NFL Playoff game, as the Rams face the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Playoff... The 2 top offenses in the NFL went back and forth all afternoon; before the Rams emerged with an impressive 49-37 win... Unlike the battle of offensive powers the NFC Championship Game was defense vs. offense as the Rams faced the NFC's best defensive team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers... The Bucs and Rams would play a grind it out kind of game as the Rams under rated defense rose to the occasion... However the Rams still trailed 6-5 late in the 4th Quarter, before Kurt Warner found WR Ricky Proehl open for a 31-yard TD pass that gave the Rams an 11-6 lead. The Bucs would drive down the field and appeared to be in position to go for a winning Touchdown, but a key 3rd pass play was ruled incomplete on instant replay, setting the Rams up for the kill... The Rams would stop the Bucs cold on the next play to clinch a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV ...

    Super Bowl XXXIV: The first Super Bowl of the new millennium was held in Atlanta, as the Rams found themselves in a rematch with Tennessee Titans... However unlike the regular season the game was set to be played in a dome, the type of conditions the Rams excelled in... The Rams held a 16-0 lead late in the 3rd Quarter, before the Titans got on to board with a TD in the final seconds. After missing a 2-point conversion the Titans continued their momentum and tied the game with 2:15 remaining... The game appeared to be heading for OT, but the Rams struck back right away a 73-yard pass form Kurt Warner to Isaac Bruce to give the Rams a 23-16 lead with 1:54 remaining. However the game was far from over, as the Titans drove down the field, with time winding down... The Titans would have one last chance to tie the game set up on the Rams 7-yard line with 7 seconds left... Titans QB would find Kevin Dyson on the 3 and he appeared to be waltzing in for a game tying TD when Mike Jones pulled him down inches from the goal line as time ran out... The St. Louis Rams were Super Bowl Champions; Kurt Warner completed his journey form unknown to Super Bowl MVP, as Dick Vermiel retired with his elusive Super Bowl trophy in hand ...

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    2000: Under new coach Mike Martz the Rams did not miss a beat winning their first 6 games scoring 37 or more points in each game. However trouble was brewing as the Rams allowed at least 20 points in every game... The Rams would lose their first game in Kansas City against the Chiefs 54-34, but was more painful was a broken finger suffered by QB Kurt Warner... The Rams would win only 3 of their next 8 games despite strong performances from Offensive Player of the Year Marshall Faulk, and back up QB Trent Green, and Kurt Warner when he returned form his broken finger... The problem was the Rams defense was awful, and was allowing more then 30 points in every game... The Rams entered the final week of the season with a 9-6 record needing a win in New Orleans against the Saints just to get the final playoff spot... The Rams would rise to the occasion beating the Saints 26-21, setting up a rematch one week later in New Orleans. However in the Wild Card game the Rams defense was porous allowed 31 points, as a woozy, but valiant Kurt Warner could not lead the Rams back, as they fell 31-28 ...

    2001: After a season in which the Rams defense let them down, the squad is completely over hauled; Lovie Smith comes in as the new defensive coordinator, as 7 of 12 defensive starters are replaced... The Rams defense shows improvement as they get off to a 6-0 start... The defense suffered a set back in a 34-31 loss at the dome to the New Orleans Saints. The Rams would win their next 2 games before a hard fought Monday Night loss at Dome at American Center to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers... After the loss to the Bucs the Rams caught fire again winning their final 6 games to close the season with an impressive 14-2 record, as Marshall Faulk won his 3rd straight Offensive Player of the Year, and Kurt Warner won his 2nd MVP in 3 years... The Rams path to the Super Bowl was clear; all they need was 2 home wins at the Dome at American Center to return to the Super Bowl... The first opponent was the Green Bay Packers, most expected an offensive shoot out, and instead Rams fans were treated to a blowout... The Rams dominated on both sides of the ball forcing 6 turnovers in a 45-17 romp. In the NFC Championship Game the Rams fought off a challenge from the Philadelphia Eagles to hold to a 29-24 win for a return trip to the Super Bowl ...

    Super Bowl XXXVI: Going in to the Super Bowl in New Orleans the Rams were 14-point favorites, as most viewed the game as a coronation of the unstoppable Rams... However, the patriotic atmosphere of the Super Bowl seemed to be just right for the New England Patriots, who were looking to stun the world... The Rams offense could not get going all day, and trailed 17-3 going into the 4th Quarter... In the 4th the Rams offense began to click as they scored twice to tie the score at 17-17... With 2 minutes left the Rams had momentum, as the game appeared to be heading to overtime... However the Rams defense allowed the Patriots to get in Field Goal range where Adam Vinatieri stunned the Rams and the World by kicking the Pats to a 20-17 win ( only the ref's know right ) no I did not say that LOL ...

    2002: Coming off their stunning Super Bowl loss the Rams looked as if they were still in a daze as they dropped their first 4 games... Making matter worse QB Kurt Warner was knocked to the sidelines with a broken hand... The Rams would fall to 0-5 as Jamie Martin struggled in a 37-13 road loss to the San Francisco *****... Facing the undefeated Oakland Raiders at home in Week 6 the Rams turned to another Quarterback Marc Bulger with hopes of turning around their season. Surprisingly Marc Bulger would lead the Rams to 5 straight wins starting with a 28-13 win over the Raiders. At 5-5 the Rams were suddenly back in the playoff picture as Kurt Warner returned to action, which was good timing since Bulger himself suffered a hand injury... However Warner continued to struggle as the Rams lost 2 straight before a stress fracture shut down Warner's season... Kurt Warner who won the rookie of the year in 2001 was winless in 7 start in 2002 throwing just 3 TD passes to 11 interceptions... Things would go bad to worse the following week as the Rams were mauled by the Kansas City Chiefs 49-10 with Jamie Martin at QB. Bulger would return the following week and improve to 6-0 as a starter... Bulger's magical run would end a week later as the Rams lost on the road to the Seattle Seahawks 30-10. In the season finale on Monday Night Jamie Martin would lead a stirring 4th Quarter comeback over the ***** at home... However, it would not salvage the season for the Rams who finished with a disappointing record of 7-9 ...

    2003: After a year of injury Kurt Warner returned to the Rams starting lineup as the Rams kicked the season off on the road against the New York Giants... Warner looked shaky from the start and had trouble just holding on to the ball as he had 6 fumbles while being sacked 6 times in a 20-13 loss... Warner would suffer a concussion in the game and would be benched in favor of Marc Bulger... With Bulger under center the Rams would recover winning 4 of their next 5 games... By the time Warner was able to play he had lost his job to Bulger who had the Rams offense firing on ally cylinders despite missing Marshall Faulk who was sidelined for 5 weeks with a knee injury... Warner even suggested himself that Bulger, remain the starter to avoid controversy... Despite an early 2-game deficit the Rams played consistent football all year and would go on to finish with a solid 12-4 record winning the NFC West for the 3rd time in 5 years while earning a first round playoff bye. Among the Rams having great year was Tory Holt who racked up 1696 receiving yards while scoring 12 Touchdowns... In the playoffs the Rams would play host to the surprise Carolina Panthers. The game would go back and forth for the first 30 minutes before the Panthers took control in the 3rd Quarter... Trailing 23-12 late in the 4th Quarter the Rams went on a 15 play drive which was capped by a 1-yard TD run by Marshall Faulk to pull within a Field Goal Bulger hit Dane Looker for a successful 2-point conversion... Needing to get the ball back the Rams recovered the onside kick and were in business driving toward a possible game winning TD. However inexplicably after getting the ball to the Panthers 25, Coach Mike Martz decided to run the clock out and let Jeff Wilkins send the game to overtime... In overtime the teams played without a score through the first 15 minutes as each side missed long field goal attempts... However on the first play of the 2nd OT the Rams season came to a sudden end as the Panthers connected on a 69-yard TD pass to give the Panthers a dramatic 29-23 win... Following the game Coach Martz was widely criticized... Things also would unravel between Martz and 2-time MVP Kurt Warner who publicly feuded, before Warner was released to clear up salary cap space, while Marc Bulger finally was established as the starting QB, after capping his season with the Pro Bowl MVP ...

    2004: The Rams would start the season off with a win over the Arizona Cardinals before losing their next 2 games as they played inconsistent football all season... At times they were brilliant such as a comeback road win over the Seattle Seahawks in overtime as Marc Bulger connected with Shaun McDonald on a 52-yard Touchdown pass for the 33-27 win... However two weeks later they would frustrate their fans with a 31-14 loss to a 0-6 Miami Dolphins team... The loss to the Dolphins would be the start of 2 months of struggles as the Rams won just 2 of their next 6 games, only keeping their playoff hopes alive by beating the Seahawks for a 2nd time... As the season wore on the Rams would rely less on a Marshall Faulk who was slowed by age and injuries as Rookie Stephan Jackson began to take a bulk of the carries... At 6-8 the playoffs were a long shot at best as the Rams entered their final 2 games of the season. However a solid 20-7 win over a Philadelphia Eagles team not playing their full complement of stars gave them a chance to make the playoffs with a win in their final game. The Rams as they did much of the season needed to rally as Marc Bulger passed for 450 yards as the Rams beat the New York Jets in overtime 32-29 to reach the playoffs at 8-8. In the playoffs the Rams would face the Seahawks for a 3rd time returning to Seattle, and once again pulling off the upset beating the Seahawks 27-20 to become the first 8-8 team to win a playoff game that was a game to remember... However a week later the Rams would come crashing back to earth hard as they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round 47-17... Now I know everyone knows what happened last , Hope you enjoyed ...
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    Re: Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    What a suberb post mate... loved it!!!


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    Re: Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    Good job oldram...some tidbits about the opening of the Ed.

    1. All the toilets didn't work the first game, so that made things rather interesting.
    2. My seats weren't completed yet (nosebleed section) so they allowed me to sit on the second level against a rail. Didn't mind at all.
    3. Final game at Busch was a numbing one as the Rams lost. However, our seats were on the front row in the end zone and the way we had to get in and out of the seats was actually walking across a portion of the endzone to another section. During that small jaunt, I was able to swipe some astroturf from Busch as it was going natural grass. However, in my many moves since then I have lost that nugget of history.

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    Re: Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    Thats sad "TX" and thanks for the remarks my Friend ...

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    Re: Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    Wow, this is great. You should right a book.

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    Re: Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    WOW ! you have done great job on this post.

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    Re: Historical Moments # 2 The rest of the story

    Thanks again I have another coming soon ...

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