Warner suffered a concussion just six days earlier in the regular-season finale against the Saints, and didn't seem all there when the Rams returned to New Orleans for a wild-card game Dec. 30, 2000. Most of the rematch looked like a nightmare for Warner (three INTs/one lost fumble). New Orleans led 31-7 early in the fourth.
But Warner led a furious rally, completing nine of 12 passes on three TD drives. Suddenly it was just 31-28 Saints, when Az Hakim settled under a punt with under two minutes to play. Alas, Hakim muffed the punt, the Saints recovered and held on for the win.
PHOTO: Kurt Warner scores on a short run as the Rams cut the Saints' lead to 31-28 in an NFC Wild Card game after the 2000 regular season. (Post-Dispatch photo by David Carson)