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Warner No. 2

St. Louis Rams' quarterback Kurt Warner (13) tosses his third touchdown pass during the first quarter Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, during the Rams' 42-20 victory against the San Francisco 49ers in St. Louis, Mo. Warner threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns during the game. A quarter of the way through the Rams' schedule, Warner has 14 touchdown passes _ three in each of his first three games and five on Sunday. At that rate, he'd throw 56 in a full season, shattering Dan Marino's 1984 record of 48. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

San Francisco entered the TWA Dome with 17 straight victories over the "same old sorry (bleep) Rams" on Oct. 10, 1999. But on this day, Warner completed 20 of 23 passes for 323 yards. He tied a franchise record with five TD passes, four of which went to Isaac Bruce. By day's end, the Rams had pounded the 49ers 42-20.

The Wicked Witch of the NFC West was dead.

The Rams improved to 4-0, prompting then-49ers executive Bill Walsh to walk into the middle of coach Dick Vermeil's postgame press conference, telling his old friend in a stage whisper: "You're going all the way."


PHOTO: Kurt Warner throws his third touchdown pass of the game at the TWA Dome. (AP Photo / Tom Gannam)