1951 Los Angeles Rams season

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1951 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach Joe Stydahar
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 8–4
Division place 1st NFL National
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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< 1950 1952 >

The 1951 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 14th year with the National Football League and the sixth season in Los Angeles. The Rams won their second NFL Championship in seven seasons, and their first in Los Angeles.

The Rams scored 391 points during this season, the second-most points-scored in the 1950s (although significantly less than the highest-scoring team of the decade, the 1950 Rams).[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1951 NFL Draft
  • 1 (11) – Bud McFadin, Texas, G
  • 2 (24) – Herb Rich, Vanderbilt, B
  • 3 (35) – Charlie Toogood, Nebraska, T
  • 4 (48) – George Kinek, Tulane, B
  • 5 (59) – Tony Momsen, Michigan, C
  • 6 (72) – Norb Hecker, Baldwin-Wallace, E
  • 7 (83) – Alan Egler, Colgate, B
  • 8 (96) – Hugo Primiani, Boston University, T
  • 9 (107) – Nolan Lang, Oklahoma, B
  • 10 (121) – Roland Kirkby, Washington, B
  • 11 (132) – John Natyshak, Tampa, B
  • 12 (145) – Don Hardey, Pacific, B
  • 13 (156) – Joe Reid, Louisiana State, C
  • 14 (169) – Rob McCoy, Georgia Tech, B
  • 15 (180) – Obie Posey, Southern, B
  • 16 (193) – Bill Robertson, Memphis State, E
  • 17 (204) – Hal Riley, Baylor, E
  • 18 (217) – Dick Daugherty, Oregon, G
  • 19 (228) – Andy Robustelli, Arnold, DE
  • 20 (241) – Jim Nutter, Wichita State, B
  • 21 (252) – Earl Stelle, Oregon, B
  • 22 (265) – Billy Baggett, Louisiana State, B
  • 23 (276) – Dean Thomas, Michigan State, T
  • 24 (289) – Harry Abeltin, Colgate, T
  • 25 (300) – Jackie Calvert, Clemson, T
  • 26 (313) – Howie Ruetz, Loras, T
  • 27 (324) – Al Brosky, Illinois, B
  • 28 (337) – Sterling Wingo, Virginia Tech, B
  • 29 (348) – Earl Jackson, Texas Tech, B
  • 30 (361) – Alvin Hanley, Kentucky State, B

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1951 New York Yanks W 54–14
30,315
2 October 7, 1951 Cleveland Browns L 38–23
67,186
3 October 14, 1951 at Detroit Lions W 27–21
50,567
4 October 21, 1951 at Green Bay Packers W 28–0
21,393
5 October 28, 1951 at San Francisco 49ers L 44–17
49,538
6 November 4, 1951 San Francisco 49ers W 23–16
54,346
7 November 11, 1951 Chicago Cardinals W 45–21
29,995
8 November 18, 1951 New York Yanks W 48–21
34,717
9 November 25, 1951 at Washington Redskins L 31–21
26,307
10 December 2, 1951 at Chicago Bears W 42–17
50,286
11 December 9, 1951 Detroit Lions L 24–22
52,937
12 December 16, 1951 Green Bay Packers W 42–14
23,698

Game summaries[edit]

Final standings[edit]

NFL National
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 8 4 0 .667 392 261 W-1
San Francisco 49ers 7 4 1 .636 255 205 W-3
Detroit Lions 7 4 1 .636 336 259 L-1
Chicago Bears 7 5 0 .583 286 282 L-1
Green Bay Packers 3 9 0 .250 254 375 L-7
New York Yanks 1 9 2 .100 241 382 L-2

Post season[edit]

NFL Championship Game[edit]

NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 10 0 7 17
Rams 0 7 7 10 24

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

The Rams were the first to score with a 1-yard run by fullback Dick Hoerner in the second quarter. The Browns answered back with an NFL Championship record 52-yard field goal by Lou Groza. They later took the lead with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Otto Graham to Dub Jones. The Browns led at halftime 10–7.

In the third quarter Larry Brink landed a hard tackle on Graham causing him to fumble the ball. Andy Robustelli picked up the ball on the Cleveland 24 and returned it to the Cleveland 2. On the third play of the drive, "Deacon" Dan Towler ran the ball in for a touchdown from the one-yard line giving the Rams a 14–10 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams increased their lead with a Bob Waterfield 17-yard field goal. The Browns answered back with an 8-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown run by Ken Carpenter, tying the game at 17–17. Twenty-five seconds later, late in the fourth quarter, Tom Fears beat defenders Cliff Lewis and Tommy James and received a Norm Van Brocklin pass at midfield. Fears raced to the endzone for a 73-yard touchdown, securing a Rams 24–17 win and the 1951 NFL title.

Coaching staff[edit]

Final roster[edit]

1951 Los Angeles Rams final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

None


Practice squad
None


Rookies in italics
29 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

References[edit]

External links[edit]