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Warner No. 9

Monday December 17, 2001--Kurt Warner complains to referee Larry Nemmers, left, after being forced to call a time out because inside the Saint 5 yard line in the first quarter during the St. Louis Rams vs the New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football game in New Orleans. Photo By David Carson Note to Editors we think he call the time out because he couldn't hear but we're not sure it could have been a problem with his helmet that he motioned to or the crowd noise

The New Orleans-St. Louis rivalry was white-hot, partly because Saints coach Jim Haslett had a knack for getting under the Rams' skin. But on the Monday Night stage, the Rams' big players made big plays in a 34-21 victory on Dec. 17, 2001.

Warner was at his precision best, dissecting the Saints for 338 yards passing and four TDs, three of which went to Isaac Bruce. It would be the last of seven regular-season or playoff games in which Warner threw at least four TD passes for the Rams. It clinched a third straight postseason berth, a record for a St. Louis NFL team.


PHOTO: Kurt Warner was forced to call a timeout when crowd noise in the Superdome prevented his teammates from hearing him call signals. Ultimately, Warner silenced the crowd with four TD passes as the Rams clinched a playoff berth with a 34-21 victory over the Saints. (Post-Dispatch photo by David Carson)