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The 1985 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, their 38th overall, and their 40th in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Rams played in the NFC Championship Game, but were shutout by the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears. Eric Dickerson rushed for 1,234 yards in 1985 while missing the first two games while in a contract dispute. He missed the Pro Bowl for the first time in his short NFL career. He did, however, go on to rush for a playoff record 248 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in post-season play.[1] It was also the last time the Rams would win an NFC West divisional title for Los Angeles until 2017, and the last NFC West title until 1999 while they were in St. Louis.

1985 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachJohn Robinson
(3rd season)
General managerJohn Shaw
(Since 1985)
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
(Since 1979)
Home fieldAnaheim Stadium
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional playoffs (Cowboys) 20–0
Lost NFC Championship (at Bears) 0–24
40th Anniversary in Los Angeles

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1985 Los Angeles Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 21 Jerry Gray  CB Texas
2 50 Chuck Scott  WR Vanderbilt
3 77 Dale Hatcher  P Clemson
5 113 Kevin Greene *   OLB Auburn
6 161 Mike Young  WR UCLA
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1985 Los Angeles Rams staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


RosterEdit

1985 Los Angeles Rams roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

The Los Angeles Rams got off to a surprisingly successful start in 1985, winning their first seven games. However, the team struggled somewhat during the second half of the season. After suffering humiliating losses to the 1–9 Atlanta Falcons and the 4–8 New Orleans Saints, the Rams upset their main rival, the San Francisco 49ers on the road in a prime time Monday-Night match-up, despite being 10-point underdogs going into the game. This crucial victory helped the Rams redeem their season and the team went on to clinch their first NFC West division title in six years, finishing the regular season with an 11–5 record.

ScheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Rams points Opponents Record Summary Venue Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 Denver Broncos W 20 16 1–0 Rams overcame 2 touchdown passes by John Elway with a late comeback led by "old" rookie QB Dieter Brock, who passed for 174 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start. Backup RB Charles White ran for the winning touchdown in place of holdout Eric Dickerson. Anaheim Stadium
52,522
2 September 15, 1985 at Philadelphia Eagles W 17 6 2–0 Rams defense sacked Randall Cunningham 5 times and picked off 4 passes and White ran for 144 yards and a touchdown. Henry Ellard added an 80-yard punt return touchdown. Veterans Stadium
60,920
3 September 23, 1985 at Seattle Seahawks W 35 24 3–0 Dickerson celebrated the end of his holdout by rushing for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns in this Monday Night matchup. Kingdome
63,292
4 September 29, 1985 Atlanta Falcons W 17 6 4–0 Rams continued to dominate on defense and Brock passed for two touchdowns. Anaheim Stadium
49,870
5 October 6, 1985 Minnesota Vikings W 13 10 5–0 Rams stayed unbeaten despite being outgained in yards 306–188. Anaheim Stadium
61,139
6 October 13, 1985 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31 27 6–0 In a nip-and-tuck game, the Rams had two interception return touchdowns in the second half, by LB Carl Ekern and the winning touchdown by CB Leroy Irvin. Tampa Stadium
39,607
7 October 20, 1985 at Kansas City Chiefs W 16 0 7–0 Dickerson ran for a touchdown and Mike Lansford kicked three FG's. Rams' opportunistic defense intercepted Todd Blackledge six times. Brock passed for only 68 yards. Arrowhead Stadium
64,474
8 October 27, 1985 San Francisco 49ers L 14 28 7–1 Rams were knocked from the unbeaten ranks at home as their offensive failures came back to haunt them. Joe Montana passed for 3 touchdowns and led the 49ers to a 28–0 lead. Brock passed for 344 yards (most of them late) and two late touchdowns. Anaheim Stadium
65,939
9 November 3, 1985 New Orleans Saints W 28 10 8–1 Rams were totally dominant at home as Brock passed for 2 touchdowns and Dickerson (108 yards rushing) and White each had a touchdown run. Rams picked off 3 passes and had nine QB sacks. Anaheim Stadium
49,030
10 November 10, 1985 at New York Giants L 19 24 8–2 Giants fought back from a 16–7 early 2nd half deficit behind 2 touchdown runs by Joe Morris. Giants Stadium
74,663
11 November 17, 1985 at Atlanta Falcons L 14 30 8–3 Surprising blowout by the 1–9 Falcons behind three rushing touchdowns by Gerald Riggs and a Falcons' defense that held the Rams to only 45 yards rushing. Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
29,960
12 November 24, 1985 Green Bay Packers W 34 17 9–3 Dickerson had 150 yards and a touchdown, but the real hero was Olympic sprinter-turned-WR Ron Brown. Brown returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass. Anaheim Stadium
52,710
13 December 1, 1985 at New Orleans Saints L 3 29 9–4 Saints got their revenge for the earlier blowout by sacking Brock nine times and recovering 3 fumbles. Bobby Hebert passed for a touchdown and LB Jack Del Rio returned a fumble for another. Louisiana Superdome
44,122
14 December 9, 1985 at San Francisco 49ers W 27 20 10–4 In this road Monday Night matchup, the 49ers looked to be in control until Henry Ellard scored on a tipped pass and CB Gary Green returned an interception for the winning points. Montana passed for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns. Candlestick Park
60,581
15 December 15, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals W 46 14 11–4 Brock picked the right time to have his best game as a Ram as the Rams clinched their first NFC West Division crown since 1979. Brock passed for 4 touchdowns, Dickerson ran for 124 yards and two more, and the Rams rolled up 425 yards of offense. Anaheim Stadium
52,052
16 December 23, 1985 Los Angeles Raiders L 6 16 11–5 In a somewhat lackluster performance at home on Monday Night, the Rams could only muster two FG's and Brock was sacked 6 times. Anaheim Stadium
66,676
Divisional Playoff January 4, 1986 Dallas Cowboys W 20 0 12–5 Anaheim Stadium 66,351
Conference Championship January 12, 1986 at Chicago Bears L 0 24 12–6 Soldier Field 65,522

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Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Broncos 0 1600 16
• Rams 3 7010 20

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
• Rams 10 007 17
Eagles 3 300 6

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
• Rams 7 01414 35
Seahawks 0 7314 24
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Kingdome
  • Television network: ABC

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 0 330 6
• Rams 0 1070 17
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium

Week 5Edit

1 234Total
Vikings 0 073 10
• Rams 0 670 13
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium

Week 6Edit

1 234Total
• Rams 0 14107 31
Buccaneers 7 1307 27

Week 7Edit

1 234Total
• Rams 0 1330 16
Chiefs 0 000 0

Week 8Edit

1 234Total
• 49ers 14 1400 28
Rams 0 077 14
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium

Week 9Edit

1 234Total
Saints 0 073 10
• Rams 7 777 28
  • Date: November 3

Week 10Edit

1 234Total
Rams 7 633 19
• Giants 0 7107 24

Week 11Edit

1 234Total
Rams 0 0014 14
• Falcons 10 1037 30

Week 12Edit

1 234Total
Packers 0 1070 17
• Rams 7 7713 34
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium

Week 13Edit

1 234Total
Rams 0 300 3
• Saints 6 3020 29

Week 14Edit

1 234Total
• Rams 0 3717 27
49ers 0 767 20

The Rams clinched a playoff spot with the win.[4]

Week 15Edit

1 234Total
Cardinals 7 070 14
• Rams 13 2373 46
  • Date: December 15
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium

Week 16Edit

1 234Total
• Raiders 0 6010 16
Rams 0 330 6
  • Date: December 23
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium
  • Television network: ABC

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams(2) 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 340 277 L1
San Francisco 49ers(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 411 263 W2
New Orleans Saints 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 294 401 L3
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 282 452 W2

StatisticsEdit

PassingEdit

Player Games Played Completions Attempts Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
Dieter Brock 15 218 365 2658 16 13 82.0
Jeff Kemp 5 16 38 214 0 1 49.7

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RushingEdit

Player Games Played Attempts Yards Touchdowns Longest run
Eric Dickerson 14 292 1234 12 43
Barry Redden 14 87 380 0 41
Charles White 16 70 310 3 32
Dieter Brock 15 20 38 0 13
Lynn Cain 7 11 46 0 9
Mike Guman 8 11 32 0 6
Jeff Kemp 5 5 0 0 3
Henry Ellard 16 3 8 0 16
Ron J. Brown 13 2 13 0 9
Steve Dils 15 2 −4 0 −2

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ReceivingEdit

Player Receptions Yards Touchdowns Longest reception
Henry Ellard 54 811 5 64
Tony Hunter 50 562 4 47
David Hill 29 271 1 37
Bobby Duckworth 25 422 3 42

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PlayoffsEdit

DivisionalEdit

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 000 0
• Rams 3 0107 20
 
Rams' running back Dickerson (29) rushing the ball through the Cowboys' defense in the 1985 NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

Running back Eric Dickerson led the Rams to a victory by scoring two touchdowns and recording a playoff record 248 rushing yards. After the first half ended with a 3–0 Los Angeles lead, Dickerson scored on a 55-yard touchdown run early in the third period. On the ensuing kickoff, Kenny Duckett fumbled, and the ball was recovered by Vince Newsome to set up kicker Mike Lansford's second field goal. In the fourth period, Tony Hunter recovered a fumbled punt to set up Dickerson's 40-yard rushing touchdown. The Rams' defense dominated the Cowboys' offense all afternoon as the Cowboys never got inside the Rams' 20-yard-line. This was the last home playoff game for the Rams in Los Angeles until 2017.

Conference ChampionshipEdit

1 234Total
Rams 0 000 0
• Bears 10 077 24

The Bears defense dominated the game by limiting Rams running back Eric Dickerson to 46 yards rushing, and holding quarterback Dieter Brock to just 10 completions out of 31 pass attempts for 66 passing yards. Los Angeles only gained 130 yards of total offense. The Rams had a chance to get back in the game as they got inside the Bears' 15-yard line in the waning moments of the first half, but poor play calling and clock management, as well as a controversial call by the officials on the last play of the half, resulted in the clock running out. Officials' ability to review plays (via instant replay) was not made available until the following season.

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Gary Jeter, NFL Comeback Player of Year.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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