The St. Louis Rams defeat Green Bay 45-17 and Philadelphia 29-24 to advance to Super Bowl XXXVI. New England defeats Rams 20-17 on 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as game ended, Feb. 3. St. Louis Rams Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace, and Aeneas Williams were selected to Pro Bowl. Bruce, Warner, and Pace withdrew because of injuries. In separate moves, Torry Holt and Adam Timmerman were added to NFC squad.
Martz appoints Carlos Mainord secondary coach, Feb. 28, replacing Ron Meeks, who moved to the Indianapolis Colts.
St. Louis Rams select LB Robert Thomas (31), CB Travis Fisher (64), and RB Lamar Gordon (84) with first three selections in 2002 draft, each of whom made significant contributions in initial campaigns. Injuries play big role in 7-9 season as starters miss 45 games. St. Louis Rams join 2001 Washington Redskins as only teams in league history to win next five games after starting the season 0-5. Marc Bulger becomes third St. Louis Rams' QB since 1970 (Dieter Brock 7, 1985; Kurt Warner 6, 1999) to post at least six consecutive wins to start a career. St. Louis Rams stage two double-digit fourth-quarter comebacks for first time since 1989, rallying from 10 down to beat San Diego 28-24, Nov. 10, and 17 points down to be archrival San Francisco 31-20, Dec. 30.
Team names Steve Fairchild offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Perry Fewell secondary coach, Frank Falks tight ends coach, and Bob Babich linebackers coach. Through trades and free agency, St. Louis Rams acquire veterans C Dave Wohlabaugh, G David Loverne, T Kyle Turley, TE Cameron Cleeland, RB Leon Johnson, P Sean Landeta, and S Jason Sehorn. Team selects DT Jimmy Kennedy (12), LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (43), WR Kevin Curtis (74), WR Shawn McDonald (106) and CB DeJuan Groce (107) with first five selections in 11-player draft class.