Tuesday, Sep. 14 2004

GAME 2: RAMS VS. FALCONS
Noon Sunday at the Georgia Dome


The Series

Sunday marks the 72nd meeting between the former NFC West rivals, with the Rams
leading the series 46-23-2. The Rams have played only San Francisco (109
games), Green Bay (87), Chicago (86) and Detroit (79) more often. Since the
move to St. Louis, the Rams are 10-5 against Atlanta, winning the past seven
meetings. (And by a combined score of 264-88.)


The stats

Rams WR Isaac Bruce is tied for first in the NFL in catches (nine) and tied for
third in reception yards (112).

Atlanta's offense went three for three in red-zone touchdowns last week in San
Francisco.


News of the day

It's not official until coach Mike Martz ends his injury information "blackout"
today, but LB Pisa Tinoisamoa has told friends and fans that his dislocated
shoulder is fine. He's expected to play against Atlanta.

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The Rams released QB Russ Michna from the practice squad Tuesday, paving the
way to add a linebacker today. A practice squad spot had to be freed up,
because TE Mike Brake was signed there Saturday after being cut from the active
roster Friday.

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DB Tom Knight was waived off the team's injured reserve list Tuesday after
being deemed physically able to play.


Connections

Atlanta's roster includes LB Jamie Duncan, who was Rams special teams captain
last season, and former Mizzou TE Dwayne Blakely.

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Rams backup QB Chris Chandler played for the Falcons from 1997 to 2001, earning
two Pro Bowl berths and guiding Atlanta to the Super Bowl in 1998.


Quotebook: Nov. 2, 2003

"It's probably arrogant, but we're faster than the Rams. Our
defense is faster than the Rams' offense and it didn't
used to be that way. And now it is. That might sound ****y,
but it's a fact."

- Jim Mora, then *****' defensive coordinator, after a
30-10 San Francisco victory. Mora is now Falcons head
coach