NEW ORLEANS -- It had been a long time since the St. Louis Rams looked anything like the "greatest show on turf."
But Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce found the old magic, teaming with Marc Bulger to give previously winless St. Louis (1-8) a surprising 37-29 victory over a New Orleans Saints squad that hadn't lost in a month.
Bulger finished with 302 yards and short touchdown passes to Bruce and Drew Bennett. Running back Steven Jackson, recovering from a back injury, rushed for a short touchdown and even threw a two-yard pass to Randy McMichael for a score.
It was a demoralizing loss for New Orleans (4-5), which could have climbed into a first-place tie in the NFC South with a win. Instead, they gave up 34 straight points from midway through the first quarter until early in the fourth, falling behind 34-7 to a team that had yet to win this season.
Quoteworthy: "Defensively, I think they had a plan for us. They executed that plan very well." -- Drew Brees, Saints quarterback