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St. Louis Rams 20, Philadelphia Eagles 7 Most of the starters for the Eagles (13-2) did not take the field for this MNF season closer. St. Louis (7-8) took advantage, as the Rams desperately sought the win that would keep their slim playoff chance alive.
Though they would finish 2004 with the worst record in the AFC, Miami did save its best win for near-last. No one gave the Dolphins a chance against the Super Bowl champion Patriots, but that was just the device Miami needed. Late in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins stunned all by coming back to win, 29-28. It was only the second Patriot loss in 14 months three weeks.moreless
The defending AFC West Champion Chiefs were certainly a deprived team in 2004, falling off the Chargers' and Broncos' paces. When the Patriots came to K.C., they scored first for the fifteenth straight game, setting an NFL record. Kansas City kept the game competitive, but crucial turnovers proved the difference in New England's 27-19 win.moreless
In 2003, the Vikings scored a lot, but rarely got their TDs from close range. The Eagles' offense, while not as prolific as Minnesota's, did get the wins and mae the playoffs. That pattern continued on this night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Weary of that January Weekend in New England, the Colts returned to Gillette Stadium for an AFC Championship rematch. Again, Tom Brady had the hot hand with three touchdown passes. The Patriots kept their winning streak going in a 27-24 win, but not without a hair-raising finish. The Colts missed a game-tying field goal in the final 24 seconds, ending Mike Vanderjagt's string of 42 consecutive FGs.moreless