1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2001
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Watching Marshall Faulk run at will, St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz knew that resting the NFL's reigning MVP for three weeks was the right thing to do.
Going, going, gone! Marshall Faulk runs a career-best 71 yards for a first-quarter TD.
If Warner had been on, the Rams probably could have named their score.
When teams play Carolina these days, it's a pad-the-stats game. The Panthers' defense is beat up at virtually every position; all three linebackers are out, the secondary is hurting and defensive tackle Sean Gilbert went down today.
The Panthers are just a bad professional football team right now. They don't have a quarterback -- and they don't have a lot of needed components. Carolina is playing a lot of guys who couldn't start for a lot of teams.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Faulk's 96 touchdowns are tied for 13th on the NFL career list with Eric Dickerson. ... Bruce's 53 TD catches tie Elroy Hirsch for first on the team career list. ... Panthers DE Sean Gilbert left with a sprained knee in the second quarter and will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks. ... Rams DE Leonard Little left with a pinched nerve in the third quarter. ... Warner is the fifth quarterback in franchise history with 10,000 passing yards, joining Jim Everett, Roman Gabriel, Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield. ... The Rams' points were their most since a 57-31 victory over the Chargers in October 2000.