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2003 St. Louis Rams season
Head Coach Mike Martz
Home Field Edward Jones Dome
Results
Record 12-4
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional
Uniform
NFCW-Uniform-jersey -STL2000-2007
Timeline
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The 2003 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 66th year with the National Football League and the ninth season in St. Louis. The Rams were coming off a disappointing 7-9 season and former MVP Kurt Warner was demoted to backup quarterback; Marc Bulger earned the starting job after replacing Warner in 2002 and winning six of his seven starts.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Stadium Box scores Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 7 1:00 p.m. EDT at New York Giants L 13–23 0–1 Giants Stadium Boxscore 78,666
2 September 14 12:00 p.m. CST San Francisco 49ers W 27-24 1–1 Edward Jones Dome Boxscore 65,990
3 September 21 1:05 p.m. PDT at Seattle Seahawks L 23–24 1–2 Seahawks Stadium Boxscore 65,841
4 September 28 12:00 p.m. CST Arizona Cardinals W 37–13 2–2 Edward Jones Dome Boxscore 65,758
5 Bye
6 October 13 8:00 p.m. CST Atlanta Falcons W 36–0 3–2 Edward Jones Dome Boxscore 66,075
7 October 19 12:00 p.m. CST Green Bay Packers W 34-24 4-2 Edward Jones Dome Boxscore 66,201
8 October 26 1:00 p.m. EST at Pittsburgh Steelers W 33-21 5-2 Heinz Field Boxscore 62,665
9 November 2 1:15 p.m. PST at San Francisco 49ers L 10-30 5-3 San Francisco Stadium Boxscore 67,812
10 November 9 12:00 p.m. CST Baltimore Ravens W 33-22 6-3 Edward Jones Dome TBD 66,085
11 November 16 12:00 p.m. CST at Chicago Bears W 23-21 7-3 Soldier Field TBD 61,820
12 November 23 2:15 p.m. MST at Arizona Cardinals W 30-27 8-3 Sun Devil Stadium TBD 42,089
13 November 30 12:00 p.m. CST Minnesota Vikings W 48-17 9-3 Edward Jones Dome TBD 66,134
14 December 8 1:00 p.m. EST at Cleveland Browns W 26-20 10-3 Cleveland Browns Stadium TBD 73,108
15 December 14 12:00 p.m. CST Seattle Seahawks W 27-22 11-3 Edward Jones Dome TBD 66,152
16 December 21 12:00 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals W 27-10 12-3 Edward Jones Dome TBD 66,061
17 December 28 12:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions L 20-30 12-4 Ford Field TBD 61,006

Notable GamesEdit

Kurt Warner was given one more shot as starter for the Rams but despite 342 passing yards managed just one garbage-time touchdown, to Torry Holt. The Giants, still smarting from their chaotic playoff loss to the 49ers the previous season, bullied the Rams by forcing three fumbles and wracking up 146 rushing yards by Tiki Barber en route to a 23-13 win. Warner was thus finished as Rams starter.

The Rams and Niners squared off in a tight contest where the game lead tied or changed seven times. Tai Streets and Torry Holt trqaded touchdown catches in the first quarter, and after a Jeff Chandler field goal put the Niners up 10-7 at the half the game kicked up a gear as Marshall Faulk and Kevan Barlow traded rushing scores in the third, then after two Marc Bulger drives produced ten Rams points and a 24-17 lead Jeff Garcia drove the Niners down field and Terrell Owens' 13-yard catch with 19 seconds to go forced overtime. A missed 43-yard field goal try by Chandler wound up dooming the Niners as the Rams whipped down field in the opening two minutes of overtime and former Niner Jeff Wilkins sank his old team from 28 yards out, and a 27-24 Rams win.

The Rams butted their way to a 23-10 lead in the third quarter, but in the fourth it all went away as Matt Hasselback found Darrell Jackson in the opening minute of the fourth, then finished off the Rams on Koren Robinson's three yard catch in the closing minute of the fourth and a 24-23 Seahawks win.

The Rams faced the Packers for the first time since their 45-17 embarrassment of Green Bay in the 2001 playoffs. Marc Bulger's two first-half scores to Torry Holt kept Green Bay from making any serious run as St. Louis stormed to a 34-17 lead, and not even a 76 yard Najeh Davenport touchdown run in the fourth could stop a 34-24 Rams win.

The Arizona portion of the Rams' annual New St. Louis vs. Old St. Louis rivalry turned into a wild affair after Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce put them up 14-3 in the second quarter. Marc Bulger was picked off by Renaldo Hill and Hill ran back a 70-yard touchdown. In the third Travis Fisher picked off Jeff Blake and stormed 57 yards for a Rams score. Blake found rookie Anquan Boldin, who bounced off two defenders and carried a 54-yard touchdown throw, then early in the fourth another Renaldo Hill pick set up a three-yard Blake score to Boldin. Bulger was then strip-sacked by Ronald McKinnon and the subsequent Neil Rackers field goal put the Cardinals up 27-24. But Bulger completed a key fourth-down throw and Jeff Wilkins drilled a 24-yarder as time expired. In overtime Bulger then ran 18 yards for a key first down, and Wilkins finished off the Cardinals from 49 yards out, ending a 30-27 win, the third overtime game (after the Seahawks-Ravens and Patriots-Houston overtime shootouts earlier that day) of the league weekend.

The Rams slammed the door on any Seattle hope for the NFC West title. After Marc Bulger was sacked for a safety, the Rams erupted with 21 first half points, including two Bulger touchdowns, one a 40-yard strike to Torry Holt. Two additional field goals stiffarmed the Seahawks as Matt Hasselback led the Seahawks to 20 additional points, insufficient as the Rams salted away a 27-22 win and the division.

StandingsEdit

NFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
St. Louis Rams 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 447 328 L1
Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 404 327 W2
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 384 337 L1
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 225 452 W1

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Final Score Stadium Box scores Attendance
Divisional January 10 7:00 p.m. CST Carolina Panthers L 23–29 Edward Jones Dome TBD 66,165
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Miami Cincinnati Indianapolis Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Carolina St. Louis
New England Cleveland Jacksonville Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans San Francisco
NY Jets Pittsburgh Tennessee San Diego Washington Minnesota Tampa Bay Seattle
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