The St. Louis Rams return to the Monday Night Football stage for the first time since 2006 and while the Rams have not had many opportunities to play on MNF since their move to St. Louis they have had a number of very memorable moments. This Monday’s game against the New York Giants does not necessarily look like an instant classic going in, but Monday Night Football has a way of creating memorable moments for a season. Here is a look at the top 5 moments in St. Louis Rams history on Monday Night Football.
#1 December 18, 2000 Buccaneers 38 Rams 35; It is weird to start a list with a loss, but this game was one of the greatest Monday Night Football games ever regardless of team. The Rams desperately needed a win and were fighting for their playoff lives as were the Buccaneers that evening. This was arguably the greatest effort and game by Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as well. Faulk had four touchdowns and actually tried to return kickoffs and punts during this game because the Rams were that desperate. It was a game where the team with the ball last was probably going to win. The Rams were down 31-21 at the end of the third quarter and actually took the lead before Shaun King engineered a drive for the winning touchdown in the final minutes. This game was awesome from every standpoint except for the result for the Rams.
#2 September 4, 2000 Rams 41 Broncos 36; The Rams were coming off of their only Super Bowl Championship, the banner was going to be raised and it was the first Monday Night Football game in St. Louis in well over a decade. It was a special night and it should have been a warning as to what was coming for the 2000 St. Louis Rams. The offense was outstanding that night with over 500 yards of total offense. The problem was that the defense was equally as bad giving up well over 400 yards of offense. The Rams finally sealed the game on a Robert Holcombe touchdown late in the 4thquarter.
#3 December 17, 2001 Rams 34 Saints 21; In 2001 the Rams and Saints rivalry was as hot as any in the league. The Rams were fighting to regain the NFC West title and the Saints had one last shot to hold their title against the Rams on Monday night. Kurt Warner was on fire that evening throwing for 338 yards and 4 touchdowns. Isaac Bruce was the recipient of most of those with three. It gave the Rams the division title and was an opportunity for redemption after losing a playoff game the year before in the Superdome.
#4 December 27, 2004 Rams 20 Eagles 7; The Philadelphia Eagles were cruising toward a Super Bowl that season and the Rams were desperately trying to keep their playoff dreams alive. Granted the Eagles didn’t “need” this game, but the Rams exploded on the Eagles that night. A rookie named Steven Jackson had one of his biggest nights as a pro running for 148 yards and a touchdown. Marc Bulger was just about perfect that night going 20-27 for 225 yards. The Rams ultimately won their next game against the Jets and a playoff game in Seattle before being ousted by the Falcons in the Divisional Playoff round.
#5 October 8, 2001 Rams 35 Lions 0; This was a game that the Rams could have scored 50 or 60 points if they wanted to run up the score. Kurt Warner had three touchdowns. Marshall Faulk had 151 total yards of offense. What was most impressive though about that evening was the defense. Dre’ Bly ran an interception back for a touchdown and this was the first indicator about how good the 2001 team was over the previous year’s team. The offense was awesome and now the defense was going to be a top 10 defense instead of being dreadful like the season before.
In looking back the St. Louis Rams have been 9-7 on Monday night since the move to St. Louis. The entire NFL gets a look at the new and improved team. We’ll see if this Monday night will be as special as some of those Monday night’s from almost a decade ago.
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