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Warner No. 1

St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner hands the game ball to a spectator in the crowd Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, after the Rams beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-10 in St. Louis, Mo. Warner passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns in his first professional start. (AP Photo/Tim Nordmann)

Just 15 days after Trent Green suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason play against San Diego, the Rams opened the 1999 season against a Baltimore squad with an up-and-coming defense. No one really knew what to expect from his replacement.

Making his first NFL start, Kurt Warner began slowly, throwing two first-half interceptions. But on the Rams' final series of the half, Warner completed eight of 10 passes — to five different receivers. With 33 seconds left, he found Isaac Bruce in the back of the end zone for a two-yard TD and a 17-3 lead. And the Rams were on their way.


PHOTO: Kurt Warner hands the game ball to a spectator and prepares to kiss his wife, Brenda, after the Rams beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-10 in the 1999 season opener at the TWA Dome. (AP Photo/Tim Nordmann)