Wednesday 13 December 2017 / 02:37 PM

WIND-BACK WEDNESDAY: EPIC TACKLE CLINCHES RAMS’ FIRST SUPER BOWL

It was a tough old season for the relocated Los Angeles Rams in 2016, crumbling after a promising start to finish with a 4-12 record.

The Rams shapes as a bit of an unknown in the upcoming NFL campaign with a first-year coach.

Wind-back Wednesday is reliving the franchise’s greatest day during its 21-season stay in St Louis – the Rams’ only Super Bowl triumph, a 23-16 victory over Tennessee Titans at the Georgia Dome in 2000.

The Rams had only been to the big game once previously – going down to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 as the LA Rams in Super Bowl XIV in 1980 – but the move to St Louis in 1995 paid quick dividends.

On the final play of the game with the Rams leading by seven, the Titans had the ball on the Rams’ 10-yard line, and quarterback Steve McNair passed to receiver Kevin Dyson, who was open 5 yards out from the endzone.

The Titans seemed certain to post a potentially score-levelling, last-gasp touchdown to send Super Bowl XXXIV into overtime, but Rams linebacker Mike Jones pulled off one of the great touchdown-saving tackles to clinch the Lombardi Trophy for the long-suffering franchise.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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