For the first time in St. Louis gridiron history, the Gateway to the West played host to an NFL playoff game. Shaking yellow foam "noodles," the sellout crowd at the TWA Dome was up for the occasion. So was Warner.
With a still skeptical football world wondering how Warner and his upstart team would perform on a big stage, he threw five TD passes and completed 27 of 33 for 391 yards. With some help from Tony Horne and his 95-yard kickoff return for a score, the Rams scored 35 unanswered points to start the second half in a 49-37 victory. The skeptics went home satisfied on Jan. 16, 2000.
PHOTO: Kurt Warner celebrates after throwing five TD passes in the Rams' playoff victory over the Vikings. (AP Photo / J. Pat Carter)