(Note: Games played in January 2000, which capped the 1999 season, were taken into account.)
Some said it would take a perfect game to upset the Rams, who had won the Super Bowl two years prior, and the Patriots played it. They were outgained 427-267 but forced three turnovers while not committing one of their own; equally important, New England converted those takeaways into 17 points. The game was decided by a 48-yard field goal as time expired, but there was drama throughout the fourth quarter as St. Louis rallied from a 17-3 deficit to tie the score with 1:30 to play. Patriots QB Tom Brady showed no nerves. With no timeouts, he completed three short passes before finding Troy Brown for 23 yards and Jermaine Wiggins for 16. He then spiked the ball to set the stage for Adam Vinatieri.
Text: Jim Trotter/SI.com
Photo: John Biever, Heinz Kluetmeier/SI