LA Rams history with the NFC Championship Game

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1995-2015 St. Louis Rams

When the Rams moved to Saint Louis, Missouri, the team re-hired head coach Chuck Knox as their head coach for two reasons. Knox had a rich and successful history with the Rams franchise, and his familiarity with the organization was valued as the team set up football operations in a new city.

But also, he was a success story.  His NFL history was that of turning around teams into winners. The Rams hoped to tap that methodology for success. Unfortunately, success for the Rams would come later, under the tenure of Dick Vermeil and then Mike Martz.

Won 1999 NFC Championship (2-6)
In a rare coincidence, the St. Louis Rams (15-3) were back for another NFC Championship Game. They played and won in 1979, played and lost in 1989, and were back and competing in 1999. This time, they faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-6) once more. Much like the 1979 contest, this game was a defensive struggle, with the Rams outlasting the Bucs

The game was decided with just 4:44 left in the game when QB Kurt Warner hit WR Ricky Proehl for a 30-yard touchdown. That touchdown was the only TD in the game and catapulted the Rams over the Bucs by a final score of St. Louis Rams 11 Tampa Bay 6.

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Won Super Bowl XXXIV – The Tackle (1-0)

The Rams faced off against future head coach Jeff Fisher when the team met the Tennessee Titans in the Super Bowl. This game was a classic, as the St. Louis Rams scored the first 16 points in the game. But facing a shutout, Titans running back Eddie George powered across the goal line twice.  After an Al Del Greco field goal tied it up, the game heated up.

With just 1:54 left in the game, Rams QB Kurt Warner found a streaking Isaac Bruce for the go-ahead touchdown.  But that is not the last of the drama. The Titans’ offense got the ball back and drove down to the St. Louis Rams 10-yard line. Facing a first and goal from the 10-yard line with six seconds remaining and no time-outs, Titans quarterback Steve McNair dropped back and found the open man, WR Kevin Dyson, on a crossing route at the five-yard line.

Rams linebacker Mike Jones made The Tackle, a game-saving tackle on a wide receiver to bring him down one yard short of what was likely a game-tying score.