Thursday, September 22, 2011
Patriots recall Greatest Show on Turf
By Mike Sando
One of the enduring records from the St. Louis Rams' Greatest Show on Turf years has been put on preliminary notice.
Those Rams teams scored at least 30 points in 14 consecutive regular-season games across the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The current New England Patriots have reached at least 30 in their last 10 games. They'll have to reach that total against Buffalo (road), Oakland (road), the New York Jets (home), Dallas (home) and Pittsburgh (road) to break the record.
The 1999 Rams scored at least 30 in their final six regular-season games. Their three postseason victories -- 49-37 over Minnesota, 11-6 over Tampa Bay and 23-16 over Tennessee in the Super Bowl -- showed they could win big games whether or not they were shootouts.
The regular-season streak of games with at least 30 points ended with a 27-24 defeat to the Carolina Panthers during a Sunday night game in Week 10 of the 2000 season. Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk missed that game with injuries. Backup quarterback Trent Green passed for 428 yards and two touchdowns, but the game turned when coach Mike Martz chose to punt on fourth-and-6 from the Carolina 35 in the final seven minutes. John Baker's punt traveled just 8 yards.
Carolina still needed a fourth-down conversion and a late 46-yard field goal from Joe Nedney to prevail.