List of Los Angeles Rams seasons
This article is a list of seasons completed by the Los Angeles Rams American football franchise (known as the Cleveland Rams from 1936 to 1945 and the St. Louis Rams from 1995 to 2015) in organized play. The list documents the season-by-season records of the Los Angeles Rams franchise from 1936 to present, including conference standings, division standings, postseason records, league awards for individual players or head coaches, and team awards for individual players. The Rams franchise was founded in Cleveland in 1936 when the team was playing in the newly formed American Football League (AFL). The franchise joined the National Football League (NFL) the following year. In 1943 operations were suspended due a depleted player roster due to World War II, and play resumed the following year. The Rams were the only team to suspend completely in 1943. The franchise has changed home cities thrice, moving to Los Angeles in 1946, moving to St. Louis in 1995, and returning to Los Angeles in 2016.
The franchise has had three periods of success in their history. The first period of came as the Cleveland Rams in NFL when they won the NFL Championship. This period continued until the 1950s as the Los Angeles Rams with them making the playoffs a further five times. The second period of success lasted over 20 years between 1966–1989 where the Rams made the playoffs 16 times and captured ten NFC Division titles including a then-record run of seven in a row from the 1973 season through the 1979 seasons (the New England Patriots broke the record with nine straight AFC East division titles from the 2009 season through the 2017 season). However, this period of success was marred by the fact that the franchise did not win the Super Bowl and only one Conference Championship. The most recent period of success began in 1999 as the St. Louis Rams when the Rams capped a surprisingly successful season (after going 4–12 the previous year) by winning Super Bowl XXXIV against the Tennessee Titans. This period continued until 2004 but the franchise failed to win another Super Bowl and suffered a surprise defeat to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Alternating with their successful periods, the Rams have experienced severe periods of failure. As the NFL Cleveland Rams they failed to record a single winning season until their final year in the city, whilst from 1956 to 1965 they never won as many games as they lost and in 1962 won just one game. Between 1990 and 1998, affected in part by failure to obtain stadium improvements in Los Angeles and a move to Missouri, the Rams had nine consecutive losing seasons, and after the collapse of "The Greatest Show on Turf" suffered thirteen consecutive seasons without a winning record between 2004 and 2016. Their three-season record between 2007 and 2009 of 6–42 was the worst over such a period between the Chicago Cardinals during World War II and the 4–44 Cleveland Browns from 2015 to 2017.
Over the course of the Rams’ 71-year history, they have won 15 division titles. They have appeared in the postseason 27 times, winning four NFC Championships. During the Super Bowl era, they have played in four Super Bowls, winning one.
|NFL Champions (1920–1969)||Super Bowl Champions (1970–present)||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||One-Game Playoff Berth|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results||Awards||Head coaches|
|1938||1938||NFL||West||4th||4||7||0||Hugo Bezdek (0–3) |
Art Lewis (4–4)
|1939||1939||NFL||West||4th||5||5||1||Parker Hall (MVP)||Dutch Clark|
|1943||Team suspended operations due to World War II|
|1945||1945||NFL||West||1st||9||1||0||Won NFL Championship (1) (Redskins) 15–14||Adam Walsh (COY)
Bob Waterfield (MVP)
|Los Angeles Rams|
|1949||1949||NFL||West||1st||8||2||2||Lost NFL Championship (Eagles) 0–14|
|1950||1950||NFL||National||1st||9||3||0||Won National Conference Playoff (Bears) 24–14
Lost NFL Championship (at Browns) 28–30
|1951||1951||NFL||National||1st||8||4||0||Won NFL Championship (2) (Browns) 24–17|
|1952||1952||NFL||National||2nd||9||3||0||Lost National Conference Playoff (at Lions) 21–31||Hamp Pool (COY)||Joe Stydahar (0–1) |
Hamp Pool (9–2)
|1955||1955||NFL||Western||1st||8||3||1||Lost NFL Championship (Browns) 14–38||Sid Gillman|
|1962||1962||NFL||Western||7th||1||12||1||Bob Waterfield (1–7) |
Harland Svare (0–5–1)
|1967||1967||NFL||Western||Coastal||1st||11||1||2||Lost Conference Playoff Game (at Packers) 7–28||George Allen (COY)|
Deacon Jones (DPOY)
|1968||1968||NFL||Western||Coastal||2nd||10||3||1||Deacon Jones (DPOY)|
|1969||1969||NFL||Western||Coastal||1st||11||3||0||Lost Conference Playoff Game (at Vikings) 20–23||Roman Gabriel (MVP)/(Rams MVP)|
|1971||1971||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||8||5||1||Isiah Robertson (DROY)||Tommy Prothro|
|1973||1973||NFL||NFC||West||1st||12||2||0||Lost Divisional playoffs (at Cowboys) 16–27||Chuck Knox (COY)||Chuck Knox|
|1974||1974||NFL||NFC||West||1st||10||4||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Redskins) 19–10
Lost NFC Championship (at Vikings) 10–14
|1975||1975||NFL||NFC||West||1st||12||2||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Cardinals) 35–23
Lost NFC Championship (Cowboys) 7–37
|Jack Youngblood (DPOY)|
|1976||1976||NFL||NFC||West||1st||10||3||1||Won Divisional playoffs (at Cowboys) 14–12
Lost NFC Championship (at Vikings) 13–24
|1977||1977||NFL||NFC||West||1st||10||4||0||Lost Divisional playoffs (Vikings) 7–14|
|1978||1978||NFL||NFC||West||1st||12||4||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Vikings) 34–10
Lost NFC Championship (Cowboys) 0–28
|1979||1979||NFL||NFC||West||1st||9||7||0||Won Divisional playoffs (at Cowboys) 21–19
Won NFC Championship (at Buccaneers) 9–0
Lost Super Bowl XIV (vs. Steelers) 19–31
|1980||1980||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Cowboys) 13–34|
|1983||1983||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||9||7||0||Won Wild Card playoffs (at Cowboys) 24–17
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Redskins) 7–51
|Eric Dickerson (OROY)||John Robinson|
|1984||1984||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card playoffs (Giants) 13–16|
|1985||1985||NFL||NFC||West||1st||11||5||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Cowboys) 20–0
Lost NFC Championship (at Bears) 0–24
|1986||1986||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Redskins) 7–19||Eric Dickerson (OPOY)|
|1988||1988||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Vikings) 17–28|
|1989||1989||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||11||5||0||Won Wild Card playoffs (at Eagles) 21–7
Won Divisional playoffs (at Giants) 19–13
Lost NFC Championship (at 49ers) 3–30
|1993||1993||NFL||NFC||West||4th||5||11||0||Jerome Bettis (OROY)|
|St. Louis Rams|
|1999||1999||NFL||NFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Vikings) 49–37
Won NFC Championship (Buccaneers) 11–6
Won Super Bowl XXXIV (3) (vs. Titans) 23–16
|Dick Vermeil (COY)|
Kurt Warner (MVP)/(SB MVP)
Marshall Faulk (OPOY)
|2000||2000||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Saints) 28–31||Marshall Faulk (MVP)/(OPOY)||Mike Martz|
|2001||2001||NFL||NFC||West||1st||14||2||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Packers) 45–17
Won NFC Championship (Eagles) 29–24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVI (vs. Patriots) 17–20
|Kurt Warner (MVP)|
Marshall Faulk (OPOY)
|2003||2003||NFL||NFC||West||1st||12||4||0||Lost Divisional playoffs (Panthers) 23–29 (2OT)|
|2004||2004||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||8||8||0||Won Wild Card playoffs (at Seahawks) 27–20
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Falcons) 17–47
|2005||2005||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||6||10||0||Mike Martz (2–3) |
Joe Vitt (4–7)
|2008||2008||NFL||NFC||West||4th||2||14||0||Scott Linehan (0–4) |
Jim Haslett (2–10)
|2010||2010||NFL||NFC||West||2nd||7||9||0||Sam Bradford (OROY)|
|2014||2014||NFL||NFC||West||4th||6||10||0||Aaron Donald (DROY)|
|2015||2015||NFL||NFC||West||3rd||7||9||0||Todd Gurley (OROY)|
|Los Angeles Rams|
|2016||2016||NFL||NFC||West||3rd||4||12||0||Jeff Fisher (4–9) |
John Fassel (0–3)
|2017||2017||NFL||NFC||West||1st||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card playoffs (Falcons) 13–26||Sean McVay (COY)
Aaron Donald (DPOY)
Todd Gurley (OPOY)
|2018||2018||NFL||NFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Won Divisional playoffs (Cowboys) 30–22
Won NFC Championship (at Saints) 26–23 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl LIII (vs. Patriots) 3–13
|Aaron Donald (DPOY)|
15 division titles
7 conference titles
3 NFL titles and Super Bowl XXXIV win
|589||588||21||(regular season and playoffs)|
- The Rams spent one year in the AFL and seventy years in the NFL. The NFL does not officially recognize the one year they spent in the AFL.
- Boston Shamrocks forfeited Championship game due to players strike. Rams win championship by default. However, the Shamrocks, who finished with the best regular season record, are usually credited as the league champions in most subsequent records.
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- Clayman, Andrew (January 13, 2016). "The Cleveland Rams: Remembering the Original L.A. Move & a Rivalry Born". Waiting For Next Year. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
- Dan Reeves moved the team due to poor attendance; the Rams became the first NFL team based on the West Coast.
- 1982 was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.
- The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from sixteen to fifteen games.
- The team had new logo featuring the Gateway Arch National Park (then known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) for this season to honor the move to St. Louis
- This game featured The Tackle.
- The Rams moved back to Los Angeles prior to the start of the season.
- 1937–present, excludes AFL team.
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