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Rams Flashback

It’s January 30, 2000.  The location is the Georgia Dome.  The Rams have not been in a playoff game since 1989 and haven’t won a championship game since 1951 (Los Angeles Rams), but this is Super Bowl XXXIV.  The St Louis Rams are taking on the Tennessee Titans and they are about to give Rams fans something they have never had; a Super Bowl era championship.

As the game begins it seems that both teams are able to move the ball down field.  The problem would become scoring points.  In the first quarter Rams QB Kurt Warner throws a pass in the end zone to WR Torry Holt who drops the ball.  The Rams settle for a field goal.  Shortly afterwards, Titans field goal kicker Del Gecco misses a field goal which is followed by a botched Rams field goal attempt.  It wouldn’t be until the 3rd quarter that the first TD of the game would be scored.

It’s the 3rd quarter and the Rams have driven to the 9 yard line.  Warner throws a pass to Holt who holds onto this one.  Touch Down St Louis Rams!  The score is 16-0 (3 fields for 9 points) and the Rams have a commanding lead in this low scoring game.  But wait, under the legs and brutal talent of RB Eddie George the Titans take the ball down field and George scores from the 1 yard line.  The Titans attempt a 2 point conversion, but the pass in incomplete.  It’s the end of the 3rd quarter and the score is now 16-6.

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4th quarter, once again QB Steve McNair and RB Eddie George drive their team down field.  This time George runs it in from the 2 yard line.  The Titans smartly kick the field goal and the score is 16-13.  Is the game slipping away from the Rams?  Without scoring the Rams relinquish possession to the Titans.  Del Grecco gets another crack at a field goal.  This attempt is from 43 yards out and he makes it.  16-16 and the tension in the air is astronomic.  After giving up 16 straight points how will the Rams respond?

How’s does the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ usually respond?  They respond with a stunning passing play between Kurt Warner and one of many receivers from the Ram’s offensive arsenal.  This time it is Warner to Issac Bruce.  Approximately 2 minutes left in the game.  It’s first and 10 with the Rams on their 27 yard line.  Warner throws a beautiful 35 yard pass to Bruce who tacks on another 40(ish) yards after the catch for a TD.  Wilkins makes the PAT and it is 23-16 Rams.  Warner has now thrown for 414 yards and 2 TDs.

With less than 2 minutes to play the best is still to come.  End of game, 22 seconds left, McNair makes a miraculous scramble.  Alluding Ram’s tackler after Ram’s tackler McNair throws from the Rams 40. The pass is to Dyson who is standing wide open on the 10.  6 seconds left; this is it.  Nothing else matters.  McNair throws to Dyson on the right side of the field as he cuts to the middle.  Linebacker Mike Jones meets him at the three yard line.  Dyson extends his arm reaching for the goal line.  The final seconds on the clock click down and Jones pulls him down at the 1.  The Titans have come up 1 yard short.  THE RAMS WIN THE SUPER BOWL.  THE RAMS WIN THE SUPER BOWL.  The Rams pull off an astonishing victory to cap off an extraordinary year.

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