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The 1999 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 62nd year with the National Football League and the fifth season in St. Louis, Missourimarker. The Rams finished the regular-season with a record of 13-3, and the NFC West Championship. The Rams were 8-0 at home for the first time since 1973. On the road, the Rams were 5-3. In the post-season, they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoffs and went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game. Both of those games were played in St. Louis. From there, the Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXIV on January 30, 2000, to claim their first NFL World Championship since 1951, when the Rams were in Los Angeles.

Quarterback Kurt Warner was the MVP in both the regular-season and in Super Bowl XXXIV.


NFL Draft

= Pro Bowler
Round Pick Player Position College
1 6 Torry Holt Wide Receiver NC Statemarker
2 41 Dré Bly Cornerback North Carolinamarker
3 68 Rich Coady Strong Safety Texas A&Mmarker
4 101 Joe Germaine Quarterback Ohio Statemarker
5 145 Cameron Spikes Guard Texas A&M
6 176 Lionel Barnes Defensive End Louisiana-Monroemarker
7 252 Rodney Williams Punter Georgia Tech

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Game site TV Record
HOF August 9, 1999 Oakland Raiders L 18-17 Fawcett Stadiummarker ABC 0-1
1 Bye
2 August 21, 1999 Chicago Bears L 38-24 Soldier Fieldmarker 0-2
3 August 28, 1999 San Diego Chargers W 24-21 Trans World Domemarker 1-2
4 September 2, 1999 Detroit Lions W 17-6 Pontiac Silverdomemarker 2-2
Regular season
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Game site TV Record
1 September 12, 1999 Baltimore Ravens W 27-10 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker CBS 1-0
2 Bye
3 September 26, 1999 Atlanta Falcons W 35-7 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker FOX 2-0
4 October 3, 1999 Cincinnati Bengals W 38-10 1:00 p.m. Cinergy Fieldmarker FOX 3-0
5 October 10, 1999 San Francisco 49ers W 42-20 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker FOX 4-0
6 October 17, 1999 Atlanta Falcons W 41-13 1:00 p.m. Georgia Domemarker FOX 5-0
7 October 24, 1999 Cleveland Browns W 34-3 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker CBS 6-0
8 October 31, 1999 Tennessee Titans L 24-21 1:00 p.m. Adelphia Coliseummarker FOX 6-1
9 November 7, 1999 Detroit Lions L 31-27 1:00 p.m. Pontiac Silverdomemarker FOX 6-2
10 November 14, 1999 Carolina Panthers W 35-10 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker FOX 7-2
11 November 21, 1999 San Francisco 49ers W 23-7 4:15 p.m. 3Com Parkmarker FOX 8-2
12 November 28, 1999 New Orleans Saints W 43-12 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker FOX 9-2
13 December 5, 1999 Carolina Panthers W 34-21 1:00 p.m. Ericsson Stadium FOX 10-2
14 December 12, 1999 New Orleans Saints W 30-14 1:00 p.m. Louisiana Superdomemarker FOX 11-2
15 December 19, 1999 New York Giants W 31-10 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker FOX 12-2
16 December 26, 1999 Chicago Bears W 34-12 1:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker FOX 13-2
17 January 2, 2000 Philadelphia Eagles L 38-31 1:00 p.m. Veterans Stadiummarker FOX 13-3
19 January 16, 2000 Minnesota Vikings W 49-37 12:30 p.m. Trans World Domemarker Fox 14-3
20 January 23, 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 11-6 4:00 p.m. Trans World Domemarker Fox 15-3
21 January 30, 2000 Tennessee Titans W 23-16 6:30p.m. Georgia Domemarker ABC 16-3


Kurt Warner

Warner was the backup quarterback for the St. Louis Rams during the 1998 regular season and the 1999 preseason. When starting quarterback Trent Green was injured in a preseason game, Warner took over as the starter. With the support of running back Marshall Faulk and wide receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl, Warner completed one of the top seasons by a quarterback in NFL history by throwing for 4,353 yards with 41 touchdown passes and a completion rate of 65.1%. The Rams' high-powered offense was nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf" and registered the first in a string of three consecutive 500-point seasons, an NFL record. Warner threw three touchdown passes in each of the first three games in the 1999 seasons, his first three NFL starts. He is the only NFL quarterback in history to accomplish that feat, and only the second other than Dan Marino to do it in his first two NFL starts.

Warner really drew attention, however, in the season's fourth game against the San Francisco 49ers, who had been NFC West Division champs for 12 of the previous 13 seasons. The Rams had lost 17 of their previous 18 meetings with the 49ers and had a 3-0 record along with the 49ers' 3-1 record. Warner proceeded to throw three touchdown passes on the Rams' first three possessions of the game and four in the first half to propel the Rams to a 28-10 halftime lead on the way to a 42-20 victory. Warner finished the game with five touchdown passes, giving him 14 in four games and, more importantly, the Rams a 4-0 record. After many years of defeats and losing records, football experts finally had to take notice.

Warner's breakout season from a career in anonymity was so unexpected that Sports Illustrated featured him on their October 18 cover with the caption "Who IS this guy?" He was named the 1999 NFL MVP at the season's end.

In the NFL playoffs, Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory against the Tennessee Titans. He threw for two touchdowns and a Super Bowl record 414 passing yards, including a 73-yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce when the game was tied with just over two minutes to play. Warner also set a Super Bowl record by attempting 45 passes without a single interception.

Warner was awarded the 1999 Super Bowl MVP, becoming one of only six players to win both the league MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year. The others are Bart Starr in 1966, Terry Bradshaw in 1978, Joe Montana in 1989, Emmitt Smith in 1993, and Steve Young in 1994.


NFC Divisional Playoff

  • St. Louis Rams 49, Minnesota Vikings 37

at Trans World Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

As expected, this match between the two high powered offenses produced a lot of points (86), and yards (880, 475 by St. Louis, 405 by Minnesota). But after falling behind 17-14, St. Louis stormed to victory with 35 second half points.

NFC Championship Game

  • St. Louis Rams 11, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6

at Trans World Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

The Rams and Buccaneers would slug it out for most of the game, with the Buccaneers defense holding the Rams highly-potent offense in check. Tampa Bay, weak on offense, would only muster two field goals, and gave up a costly safety in the second quarter when a bad snap from center went over the head of rookie quarterback Shaun King and out of the endzone. Despite this, the Buccaneers nursed an unusual 6-5 lead into the 4th Quarter. The Rams broke open a defense dominated game when Kurt Warner threw a touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 4:44 left in the game. The Buccaneers would mount a drive on their final possession, however a controversial replay overturned what appeared to be a reception by Buccaneers wide receiver Bert Emanuel, and the Buccaneers never recovered.

Super Bowl XXXIV

The Tennessee Titans took over the ball at their own 10-yard line with 1:54 left in the game after committing a holding penalty on the ensuing kickoff. McNair started out the drive with a pair of completions to Mason and Wycheck for gains of 9 and 7 yards to reach the 28-yard line. Then after throwing an incompletion, defensive back Dre' Bly's 15-yard facemask penalty while tackling McNair on a 12-yard scramble gave the Titans a first down at the St. Louis 45-yard line. On the next play, St. Louis was penalized 5 yards for being offsides, moving the ball to the 40-yard line with 59 seconds left. McNair then ran for 2 yards, followed by a 7-yard completion to wide receiver Kevin Dyson. Three plays later, with the Titans facing 3rd down and 5 to go, McNair was hit by two Rams' defenders, but he escaped and completed a 16-yard pass to Dyson to gain a first down at the Rams 10-yard line. Tennessee then used up their final timeout with just 6 seconds left in the game, giving them a chance for one last play. McNair threw a short pass to Kevin Dyson down the middle, which looked certain to tie up the game, until Rams linebacker Mike Jones tackled Dyson at the one-yard line as time expired. Dyson tried to stretch his arm and the football across the goal line, but he had already gone down, so it was too late. This final play has gone down in NFL history as simply "The Tackle".

Team statistics

  • Led NFL and NFC in total yards (400.8 yards per game)
  • Led NFL and NFC in passing yards (272.1 yards per game)
  • Led NFL and NFC in scoring (32.9 points per game)
  • Led NFL and NFC in rushing defense (74.3 yards per game)
  • Led NFL (tied with Jax) and NFC in sacks (57)

Awards and records


  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 267
  2. - Oct. 18, 1999

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