Back St. Louis Rams 2001 Italian

2001 St. Louis Rams season

2001 St. Louis Rams season
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Head coachMike Martz
Home fieldTrans World Dome
Results
Record14–2
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Packers) 45–17
Won NFC Championship (vs. Eagles) 29–24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVI (vs. Patriots) 17–20
Pro BowlersQB Kurt Warner
RB Marshall Faulk
WR Isaac Bruce
WR Torry Holt
T Orlando Pace
G Adam Timmerman
CB Aeneas Williams

The 2001 season was the St. Louis Rams' 65th in the National Football League, their seventh in St. Louis and their second under head coach Mike Martz. The Rams improved on their 10-6 record from last year, and finished 14-2. The St. Louis Rams in 2001 set a franchise record for wins in a season (14), while also going a perfect 8–0 on the road. Quarterback Kurt Warner would go on to win his second league MVP award. Along with Warner's 1999 MVP award and Marshall Faulk's 2000 award, the Rams had amassed the last three NFL MVP awards.

The Rams also became the first team in NFL history to open three consecutive seasons with six straight wins and the first to score 500 or more points in three consecutive seasons.

The Rams returned to the Super Bowl for a second time after winning their first title two years earlier, but this time against the 11–5 New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and sophomore quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams were expected by many to win their 2nd Super Bowl title, but lost 17–20 after Patriots placekicker Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-clinching field goal. This was the Rams' last Super Bowl appearance until the 2018 season, when they defeated the Saints 26–23 in the NFC Championship game, and would meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, but lost 3–13. By that time, the Rams would be based in Los Angeles after relocating from St. Louis in 2016.

This was also the final season with the Rams as "The Greatest Show on Turf" as Kurt Warner struggled the following two seasons with the team. He was then replaced by Marc Bulger.