2002 St. Louis Rams season
|2002 St. Louis Rams season|
|Head coach||Mike Martz|
|Home field||Edward Jones Dome|
|Division place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not quality|
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.
|1||September 8, 2002||at Denver Broncos||L 23–16||FOX 3:15pm||
|2||September 15, 2002||New York Giants||L 26–21||FOX 3:15pm||
|3||September 23, 2002||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 26–14||ABC 8:00pm||
|4||September 29, 2002||Dallas Cowboys||L 13–10||FOX 12:00pm||
|5||October 6, 2002||at San Francisco 49ers||L 37–13||FOX 3:15pm||
|6||October 13, 2002||Oakland Raiders||W 28–13||CBS 3:15pm||
|7||October 20, 2002||Seattle Seahawks||W 37–20||FOX 12:00pm||
|9||November 3, 2002||at Arizona Cardinals||W 27–14||FOX 3:05pm||
|10||November 10, 2002||San Diego Chargers||W 28–24||CBS 12:00pm||
|11||November 18, 2002||Chicago Bears||W 21–16||ABC 8:00pm||
|12||November 24, 2002||at Washington Redskins||L 20–17||FOX 12:00pm||
|13||December 1, 2002||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 10–3||FOX 3:15pm||
|14||December 8, 2002||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 49–10||FOX 12:00pm||
|15||December 15, 2002||Arizona Cardinals||W 30–28||ESPN 7:30pm||
|16||December 22, 2002||at Seattle Seahawks||L 30–10||FOX 3:05pm||
|17||December 30, 2002||San Francisco 49ers||W 31–20||ABC 8:00pm||
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.
|(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|
h St. Louis finished ahead of Seattle in the NFC West based on better division record (4–2 to 2–4).
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