Every week, we’ll take a look at one of the week’s matchups and reminisce about a previous meeting between the teams.Rams 27, Ravens 10 (Week 1, 1999)When the Rams hosted the Ravens on the opening Sunday of the ’99 season, little did we know that both franchises were on the verge of winning a Super Bowl. And both would take very interesting paths to capture that NFL championship. Baltimore’s time would come in 2000, taking the wild card path to Tampa and Super Bowl XXXV and aided by one of the greatest defensive performances in a season in league annals.<!--more-->But the focus here is the Rams, a franchise previously based in Anaheim that made its share of playoff appearances during the middle and late ‘80s (including losses in the NFC Championship Game in 1985 and 1989), led primarily by Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson and later, QB Jim Everett. But the 1990s had been a much different story for the L.A. Rams, who suffered through 9 consecutive losing seasons (8 of those with 10 or more losses) and compiled a dismal 45-99 record over that span.The current head coach was Dick Vermeil, hired in 1997 after a long hiatus from the NFL. His first 2 seasons in St. Louis (where the Rams had relocated in 1995) saw the team win a combined 9 games and there appeared to be no relief in sight. In fact, things looked like they were about to get a lot worse. In a preseason game against the Chargers, starting QB Trent Green suffered a season-ending knee injury, meaning the team would be turning to little-known QB Kurt Warner.Obviously, the rest is history.Armed with RB Marshall Faulk in the backfield (acquired via trade from the Colts during the offseason), veteran WR Isaac Bruce and rookie WR Torry Holt, Warner would complete 28-of-44 passes for 309 yards and 3 scores, as well as 2 interceptions, while the St. Louis’ defense would sack Ravens’ QB Scott Mitchell 5 times and limit Baltimore to just 223 total yards. Brian Billick, making his head-coaching debut, would go through 3 quarterbacks that season and finish 8-8. But the building blocks for a championship were being assembled.For the Rams, their time would come that season, finishing 13-3 on the way to the best record in the NFC. Warner would throw for 4,353 yards, 41 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions on his way to league MVP honors. Faulk would total 2,429 yards from scrimmage (now the second-highest total in a season in NFL annals) and the Pro Football Hall of Famer would become just the second player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in a season on his way to Offensive Player of the year accolades.Most importantly, Vermeil and company would close the deal with a thrilling 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome, with Warner throwing for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and a pair of scores and the Rams’ defense making a stop at the 1-yard line on the final play of the game to preserve the win. It was the franchise’s first NFL championship since 1951, and capped off one of the great stories in the history of the league.