1977 Los Angeles Rams season
|1977 Los Angeles Rams season|
|Head coach||Chuck Knox|
|Home field||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Division place||1st NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional (Vikings) 14-7|
Hobbled by chronic knee woes, quarterback Joe Namath was waived by the New York Jets after the 1976 season, after they were unable to trade him. Namath signed with the L.A. Rams in May 1977. Hope of a Rams revival sprung when Los Angeles won two of their first three games, but Namath was hampered by low mobility. After a poor performance in a Monday Night loss to the Bears, Namath never saw NFL game action again.
After a home playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings 14-7 on a saturated field in game which has been termed the "Mud Bowl", Rams head coach Chuck Knox was fired due to ownership's frustration that Knox had not been able to reach the Super Bowl.
|1977 Los Angeles Rams roster|
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|1||September 18, 1977||at Atlanta Falcons||L 17–6||Namath threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Harold Jackson early, but then it was all Falcons as their defense totally shut down the running game. Scott Hunter, starting in place of injured Steve Bartkowski, directed a ball-control attack and ran for a touchdown.|
|2||September 25, 1977||Philadelphia Eagles||W 20–0||Namath passed for two touchdowns in this game, 14 yards to Lawrence McCutcheon and 2 yards to Terry Nelson.|
|3||October 2, 1977||San Francisco 49ers||W 34–14||McCutcheon and John Cappelletti both ran for two touchdowns in this rout. Jim Plunkett was completely ineffective against the Rams defense.|
|4||October 10, 1977||at Chicago Bears||L 24–23||Namath's final NFL start and game. He was 16 for 40 and once again victimized by no running game. Rams did get off to a 13–0 lead, but Bears QB Bob Avellini completed two long touchdown passes to James Scott and Walter Payton ran for 126 yards to bring the Bears back.|
|5||October 16, 1977||New Orleans Saints||W 14–7||Pat Haden took back over as the starting quarterback and led a ball-control attack with McCutcheon gaining 152 yards and rookie Wendell Tyler scoring his first career NFL touchdown on a 16-yard run.|
|6||October 24, 1977||Minnesota Vikings||W 35–3||In a Monday Night blowout, Haden passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. The Rams' defense sacked Fran Tarkenton four times and intercepted him twice, both by rookie Pat Thomas.|
|7||October 30, 1977||at New Orleans Saints||L 27–26||In a wild game at the New Orleans Superdome, the Saints won on a 31-yard field goal by Rich Szaro with 16 seconds left.|
|8||November 6, 1977||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 31–0||Haden continued to roll with two more touchdown passes and Jim Youngblood scored on a 25-yard interception return.|
|9||November 13, 1977||at Green Bay Packers||W 24–6||McCutcheon and Tyler each scored running touchdowns and Haden passed for another.|
|10||November 20, 1977||at San Francisco 49ers||W 23–10||Rookie wide receiver Billy Waddy scored his first NFL touchdown on a pass from Haden and McCutcheon scored on a 42-yard run.|
|11||November 27, 1977||at Cleveland Browns||W 9–0||Rams won slug-it-out game in the mud despite Haden throwing 3 INT's. Cappelletti scored on a 7-yard run and Rafael Septién added a field goal.|
|12||December 4, 1977||Oakland Raiders||W 20–14||Against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Rams survived a late scoring drive and touchdown pass by Ken Stabler by answering with a 43-yard Haden-to-Harold Jackson touchdown bomb with around two minutes left. The win clinched the Rams' fifth straight division title.|
|13||December 11, 1977||Atlanta Falcons||W 23–7||Rams avenged their season-opening loss to the Falcons as Haden ran for a touchdown and passed for another to Cappelletti.|
|14||December 17, 1977||at Washington Redskins||L 17–14||In the cold and rain at RFK Stadium, Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer threw for two early touchdowns. Rookie backup quarterback Vince Ferragamo nearly led the Rams back in the second half with two touchdowns of his own, but Septien missed a potential game-tying FG with no time left. It turned out to be George Allen's final regular season game as an NFL coach.|
|Divisional||December 26, 1977||Minnesota Vikings||L 14–7|
|Los Angeles Rams(2)||10||4||0||.714||4–2||8–4||302||146||L1|
|San Francisco 49ers||5||9||0||.357||3–3||5–7||220||260||L3|
|New Orleans Saints||3||11||0||.214||2–4||3–9||232||336||L4|
- The Super '70s, Tom Danyluk, Mad Uke Publishing, 2005, page 95. The person being interviewed, "LM," is former Rams running back (1972-'79) Lawrence McCutcheon.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jun-16.