2002 St. Louis Rams season

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2002 St. Louis Rams season
Head coach Mike Martz
Owner Georgia Frontiere
Home field Edward Jones Dome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish did not quality

The 2002 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 65th year with the National Football League and the eighth season in St. Louis.

Fresh off their trip from Super Bowl XXXVI which ended with a loss to the 11–5 Patriots, the Rams collapsed and missed the playoffs since 1998, losing their first five games. The season saw the emergence of new quarterback Marc Bulger, who filled in for an injured Kurt Warner and Jamie Martin. The Rams won six straight games where Bulger started and finished, but his season ended in Week 16 at Seattle.

However, the Rams did end the season on a high note with a 31–20 victory at home against the 49ers in Week 17 and they finished the season with a 7–9 record.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 23–16 FOX 3:15pm
75,710
2 September 15, 2002 New York Giants L 26–21 FOX 3:15pm
65,932
3 September 23, 2002 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 26–14 ABC 8:00pm
65,652
4 September 29, 2002 Dallas Cowboys L 13–10 FOX 12:00pm
66,165
5 October 6, 2002 at San Francisco 49ers L 37–13 FOX 3:15pm
67,853
6 October 13, 2002 Oakland Raiders W 28–13 CBS 3:15pm
66,070
7 October 20, 2002 Seattle Seahawks W 37–20 FOX 12:00pm
65,931
8 Bye
9 November 3, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 27–14 FOX 3:05pm
47,819
10 November 10, 2002 San Diego Chargers W 28–24 CBS 12:00pm
66,093
11 November 18, 2002 Chicago Bears W 21–16 ABC 8:00pm
66,250
12 November 24, 2002 at Washington Redskins L 20–17 FOX 12:00pm
79,823
13 December 1, 2002 at Philadelphia Eagles L 10–3 FOX 3:15pm
65,552
14 December 8, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 49–10 FOX 12:00pm
78,601
15 December 15, 2002 Arizona Cardinals W 30–28 ESPN 7:30pm
65,939
16 December 22, 2002 at Seattle Seahawks L 30–10 FOX 3:05pm
63,953
17 December 30, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 31–20 ABC 8:00pm
66,118

Notable Facts[edit]

This season marked the decline of Kurt Warner and the end of "The Greatest Show On Turf". This also marked the first season where the Rams did not make the playoffs under Mike Martz.

Star running back Marshall Faulk started in just 10 games due to ankle injury he suffered against San Diego. This weakened the Rams' running game and he finished the season with just 953 yards rushing, his lowest since 1996, where he rushed for 587 yards. At that time, he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts. His 953 rushing yards this season ended his streak of five straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons. Despite a down year, Faulk was still voted to play in the Pro Bowl after the season for the seventh and final time in his Hall of Fame career.

For the season, the team changed their uniforms, removing the side panels on the jersey.

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 367 351 L1
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 4–2 5–7 316 369 W1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 355 369 W3
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 5–7 262 417 L3

h St. Louis finished ahead of Seattle in the NFC West based on better division record (4–2 to 2–4).