1968 Los Angeles Rams season

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1968 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach George Allen
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 2nd Western Coastal
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1967 1969

The 1968 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 31st year with the National Football League and the 23rd season in Los Angeles.

Season Recap[edit]

Just as they had in 1967, the Rams and Colts staged a season long battle for the Coastal Division title. The Rams won their first six games, but lost to the Colts in Baltimore in week seven, 27-10, to fall into a tie with the Colts. Both teams won their next two games, but then the Rams had to rally from a 10 point 4th quarter deficit to tie the 49ers in San Francisco, 20-20.

Going into the second to the last game of the season against the Bears, the Rams trailed the Colts by 1/2 game, with a regular season finale vs. the Colts in Los Angeles looming the following week to decide the title. The Colts won a Saturday game in Green Bay (eliminating the Packers from playoff contention) 16-3. On Sunday, the Bears, the breaks, and the officials all played a role in the Bears 17-16 win that eliminated the Rams. The Bears played inspired defense, even knocking quarterback Roman Gabriel out of the game for a time. The Rams blocked a Bears punt, but it rolled out of the end zone for a safety just before the Rams were about to recover the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Finally, trailing by a point, Gabriel rallied the Rams and appeared to pass them into field goal range. But a late flag for clipping cost the Rams the gain and set them back 15 yards into their own territory. At the same time, the officials neglected to re-set the down marker back to 3rd down (the down is supposed to go over on a penalty), so when the next play was an incomplete pass, the officials awarded the Bears the ball. The Rams protested vehemently that it was still their ball down but to no avail. The NFL later acknowledged the officials' mistake but said the result of the game could not be changed.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1968 at St. Louis Cardinals W 24–13
49,757
2 September 22, 1968 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–10
49,647
3 September 29, 1968 at Cleveland Browns W 24–6
82,514
4 October 6, 1968 San Francisco 49ers W 24–10
69,520
5 October 13, 1968 at Green Bay Packers W 16–14
49,646
6 October 20, 1968 Atlanta Falcons W 27–14
54,443
7 October 27, 1968 at Baltimore Colts L 27–10
60,238
8 November 3, 1968 Detroit Lions W 10–7
77,982
9 November 10, 1968 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–10
53,979
10 November 17, 1968 at San Francisco 49ers T 20–20
41,815
11 November 24, 1968 New York Giants W 24–21
68,534
12 December 1, 1968 at Minnesota Vikings W 31–3
47,644
13 December 8, 1968 Chicago Bears L 17–16
66,368
14 December 15, 1968 Baltimore Colts L 28–24
69,397

Standings[edit]

Coastal Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Baltimore Colts 13 1 0 .929 402 144
Los Angeles Rams 10 3 1 .769 312 200
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 303 310
Atlanta Falcons 2 12 0 .143 170 389

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References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297