St. Louis20
Detroit 30



FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
St Louis0200020
1st Quarter
Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards in 7:06
Key Plays:
  Pinner 10-yard run to Detroit 44
  Schlesinger 4-yard run on 4th-and-1 to St Louis 43
  Harrington 19-yard pass to Kircus to St Louis 24
  Bryson 12-yard run to St Louis 14
2nd Quarter
Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards in 3:07
Key Plays:
  Bulger 25-yard pass on 3rd-and-8 to Holt to Detroit 42
  Bulger 29-yard pass to Cleeland to Detroit 13
Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards in 3:02
Key Plays:
  Harrington 9-yard pass to Schroeder on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 47
  Harrington 22-yard pass to Fitzsimmons to St
  Louis 31
  Harrington 18-yard pass to Ricks to St
  Louis 13
Drive: 12 plays, 39 yards in 5:44
Key Plays:
  Bulger 16-yard pass to Faulk on 3rd-and-9 to St
  Louis 45
  5-yard offsides penalty on Lions' Holt on 4th-and-4 to Detroit 44
ST LOUIS 10-10
Drive: 2 plays, 5 yards in :45
Key Plays:
  Flowers blocked punt at Detroit 5
ST LOUIS 17-10
Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards in 1:28
Key Plays:
  Williams recovery of Hakim fumble at St
  Louis 48
  Bulger 14-yard pass to Holt on 3rd-and-9 to Detroit 37
  Bulger 19-yard pass to Looker to Detroit 18
ST LOUIS 20-10
3rd Quarter
Drive: 3 plays, 24 yards in 1:50
Key Plays:
  Green recovery of Bulger fumble at St
  Louis 24
  Harrington 11-yard pass to Smith to St
  Louis 13
ST LOUIS 20-17
Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards in 3:53
Key Plays:
  Hakim 35-yard run to St
  Louis 20
  Harrington 10-yard pass to Pinner to St
  Louis 10
Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:25
Key Plays:
  Bailey interception at Detroit 28
4th Quarter
Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards in 2:12
Key Plays:
  Swinton 19-yard punt return to St Louis 46
  Harrington 10-yard pass to Hakim to St Louis 35
Rams Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Bulger, Marc31181701129
Warner, Kurt11423008
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey36262383122
Rams Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Faulk, Marshall12352.991
Harris, Arlen166.060
Bulger, Marc1-7-7.000
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Pinner, Artose18512.8100
Hakim, Az-Zahir24321.5350
Bryson, Shawn393.0120
Smith, Paul252.530
Schlesinger, Cory144.040
Harrington, Joey200.010
Swinton, Reggie100.000
Rams Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Faulk, Marshall6406.7160
Holt, Torry55410.8250
Looker, Dane33511.7190
Manumaleuna, Brandon3248.081
McDonald, Shaun2105.050
Furrey, Mike210.570
Cleeland, Cameron12929.0290
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Hakim, Az-Zahir55811.6131
Smith, Paul5459.0120
Fitzsimmons, Casey4369.0221
Ricks, Mikhael33210.7180
Pinner, Artose3103.3100
Schroeder, Bill22211.0131
Bryson, Shawn2115.5130
Kircus, David11919.0190
Schlesinger, Cory155.050
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Rams T S A Sk-Yd
Tinoisamoa, Pisa11830-0
Butler, Jarametrius8800-0
Wistrom, Grant6601-8
Williams, Aeneas5500-0
Pickett, Ryan4400-0
Archuleta, Adam4310-0
Duncan, Jamie4310-0
Polley, Tommy3300-0
Little, Leonard3300-0
Coady, Rich2200-0
Fisher, Travis2200-0
Young, Brian2200-0
Lewis, Damione1100-0
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Bly, Dre8800-0
Green, Barrett5501-7
Bailey, Boss5500-0
Smith, Otis5411-14
Holmes, Earl5321-12
Hall, James3300-0
Walker, Brian2200-0
DeVries, Jared2200-0
Holt, Terrence2200-0
Rogers, Shaun1101-7
Gooch, Jeff1100-0
Walker, Bracy1100-0
Evans, Doug1100-0
Rams INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Tinoisamoa, Pisa11111.0110
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Bailey, Boss1-2-2.000
Rams No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Landeta, Sean418746.80052
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick27336.50040
Punt Returns
Rams No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Furrey, Mike144.040
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Swinton, Reggie45413.5190
Kickoff Returns
Rams No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Harris, Arlen614424.0310
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Edward24824.0250
Schlesinger, Cory12323.0230
Swinton, Reggie12121.0210
Rams XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Wilkins, Jeff2/22/251 36 
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason3/33/339 38 50 
Rams No. Lost Forced O D
Bulger, Marc22000
Furrey, Mike10010
Tinoisamoa, Pisa00100
Williams, Aeneas00001
Turley, Kyle00010
Lions No. Lost Forced O D
Hakim, Az-Zahir11000
Bly, Dre00100
Rogers, Shaun00100
Smith, Otis00101
Green, Barrett00001
Referee- Johnny Grier, Umpire- Ed Coukart, Head linesman- James Wilson, Line judge- Jeff Bergman, Field judge- Eddy Powers, Side judge- Doug Rosenbaum, Back judge- Scott Green
Attendance - Time
61,006 ; 3:11
Team Statistics RamsLions
First downs1321
3rd-Down Efficiency5 - 153 - 12
4th-Down Efficiency1 - 22 - 2
Total Net Yards187342
Total Plays6066
Average Gains3.15.2
Net Yards Rushing34112
Average Per Rush2.43.9
Net Yards Passing153230
Completed-Attempted22 - 4226 - 36
Yards Per Pass3.36.2
Sacked-Yards Lost4 - 401 - 8
Had Intercepted11
Punts-Average4 - 46.83 - 24.3
Return Yardage1569
Punts-Returns1 - 44 - 54
Kickoffs-Returns6 - 1444 - 92
Interceptions-Returns1 - 111 - 15
Penalties-Yards7 - 356 - 50
Fumbles-Lost4 - 21 - 1
Time Of Possession26:3233:28


Kurt Warner could not rescue the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams squandered away home-field advantage in the playoffs as Marc Bulger struggled before leaving with an injury in a stunning 30-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Riding a seven-game winning streak and needing a victory to ensure that the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC would go through the Edward Jones Dome, where they have won 14 straight games, the Rams wasted a 20-10 halftime lead against the lowly Lions.

"It's very disappointing, particularly in the second half," Rams coach Mike Martz said. "There were so many mistakes in this game in so many different areas. This team wasn't prepared. That's my responsibility. They weren't focused, not like they need to be. We will regroup and make the repairs."

The loss by the Rams (12-4) allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to gain homefield. St. Louis still has a first-round bye.

Bulger made plenty of costly mistakes, losing two fumbles and throwing an interception in the second half. His turnovers led to 10 points for the Lions (5-11), who closed a disappointing season under coach Steve Mariucci.

"It was as important as a playoff game, trying to win it for a purpose," Mariucci said. "The purpose was to gain homefield advantage so we had to match that intensity and make it important for us so that became our playoff game, too."

Bulger, who was under pressure for much of the game, was knocked out of the contest with an injured left forearm after getting sacked by cornerback Otis Smith with just under 13 minutes remaining.

Bulger, who finished 18-of-31 for just 170 yards and one touchdown, said his injury is not serious.

"There's a big bruise on my forearm, but I think everybody in this locker room has huge bruises like that," Bulger said. "It won't be a long-term thing."

The injury brought on Warner, the Rams' discarded former Super Bowl and NFL MVP who had not played since Week One. But Warner could not rally the Rams as he completed just 4-of-11 passes for 23 yards.

"For whatever reason, we didn't come out and play our best football today," Warner said. "We've done that a few times this year and were able to get by."

It was a struggle for much of the game for the Rams' high-powered offense that manged just 194 yards and 13 first downs. Detroit employed a blitzing style the entire game.

Torry Holt, the NFL's leading receiver was held to five catches for 54 yards. Marshall Faulk also was not much of a factor as he rushed for just 35 yards on 12 attempts.

Joey Harrington, who has come under criticism in his second season in Detroit, picked the final week to have one of his best games. He went 26-of-36 for 238 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Scott's Game Commentary:

This was almost as shocking as three years ago when the Bears stunned the Lions to prevent them from making the playoffs. How could the Lions, losers of three ugly games in a row, beat the St. Louis Rams who had won seven games in a row? Not even to mention that the Rams needed a victory for home field througout the playoffs. Joey Harrington, who was just awful the past few games, played his best game since the first game of the year and threw to nine different players. It did not appear the Lions were headed to victory. After playing a great 1st quarter, a few blunders on special teams (penalty and blocked punt) led to 10 points for the Rams. At the half, St. Louis was up 10 and it appeared the honolulu blue and silver were going to mail it in for the rest of the season. To my disbelief, they played one of the most exciting halves of football in several years against one of the best teams in the NFL. Like they did against the Packers, the Defense made some huge plays and created three turnovers, including a vicious hit by Otis Smith that knocked Bulger out of the game. Dre Bly had another great game and made up for his costly mistakes last week. Jason Hanson was Mr. Automatic once again and helped give the Lions a 10 point 4th quarter lead which they easily held onto. I'm still in a stake of shock that the Lions were able to win this game. Unfortunately, it could have a bad impact on their draft position. Regardless, there was no better way to finish a 3rd straight miserable season with a victory over the Rams.


* Offense: --- B+. Season: D. I guess the Offense heard me calling them the worst in Lions history last week! They easily played their best game of the year since the levled the Cardinals in Week 1. Joey Harrington was near flawless throwing three touchdowns with only one interception. Artose Pinner made some good moves, but is nothing more than a backup running back. Hakim played one of his best games of the year and probably will be back next year. The same cannot be said for Bill Schroeder who will have a tough time finding a spot on any NFL roster with his pitiful performance this year. The Lions had 21 first downs and 342 yards against the Rams compared to 8 first downs and 106 yards a week ago. But this has been the story for every NFL team this year. Every week is a different week. If Charles Rogers can contribute next year and if the Lions can pickup a decent running back in the offseason, the offense will be much better in 2004.

*Defense: --- A-. Season: C. The Defense could not of performed any better in the 2nd half as they shut down the Rams high scoring offense. The Defense only gave up two touchdowns, one of which was a result of a blocked punt. They shut down Holt and Faulk, who were both expected to shred the Lions defense. Dre Bly played another great game and for the year was definitely the best player on the Lions roster. Boss Bailey definitely gets my nod for Lions rookie of the year. He has a great future ahead of him. The Defense did a great job pressuring Bulger and had four sacks, one of their best games of the year. All in all, the Defense was near flawless, but still needs to have more consistency for 2004.

*Special Teams: --- D+. Season: B-. Getting a punt block led to seven easy points for the Rams. An offsides penalty kept a Rams drive going that resulted in a field goal. But, Jason Hanson made two clutch kicks in the 2nd half that sealed the game for the Lions. Eddie Drummond returned a few kicks before leaving the game yet again with an injury.

*Coaching: --- A. Season: C-. I got to hand it to Maricucci for not mailing it in against the Rams. He had his team ready against a Rams squad that was suppose to blow them out. No one thought this game was going to be close, but the same was true when the Lions played the Packers on Thanksgiving. All in all, Maricucci did an average job coaching the Lions this year. Not sure they would of been any better or worse if Mornhinweg were still the head coach.

*Overall: --- B. Season: D. Another miserable season comes to an end with the Lions shocking the St. Louis Rams. Although the Lions looked great against the Rams, lets not forget the past three games. The Lions looked like the worst team in the NFL. Fortunately, with parity and free agency, the Lions may have a shot at .500 next year. But for that to happen, they must land a decent running back and have a strong draft. It would also be great to sign Boss Bailey's older brother Champ, although that is a long shot. If there has been one consistent thing the past three years, it has been injuries. The Lions had the most players on injured reserved this year. Can you imagine if Stewart, Rogers, Cash and Goodman were all healthy? There is no doubt in my mind the Lions would have won a few more games. Unfortunately, the injury bug has gotten the best of them since Millen took over. Speaking of Millen, Ford Sr. said before the game that Matt is coming back for another year. That went in one ear and out the other as I knew there was no way he was getting fired. I do believe that Millen must have a strong offseason and the Lions better improve on their 5-11 record this year. One year from now, we should have a much better idea if he will be back for his 5th and final year as president of the Lions. I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year. The web page will be updated in the offseaon if there are any relevant Lions moves. So make sure to check back :-)

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