1971 Los Angeles Rams season

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1971 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach Tommy Prothro
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 8–5–1
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1970 1972

The 1971 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 34th year with the National Football League and the 26th season in Los Angeles.

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1971 NFL Draft
= Pro Bowler
Round Pick Player Position College
1 10 Isiah Robertson Linebacker Southern University
1 20 Jack Youngblood Defensive End University of Florida
3 63 Dave Elmendorf Strong Safety Texas A&M
4 101 Steve Worster Running back Texas

Regular season[edit]

As they had in 1970, the Rams and 49ers would again stage a season long battle for the NFC West title that would come down to the season's final game. The Rams season got off to a rocky and controversial start in New Orleans against the Saints and their rookie quarterback Archie Manning. The Saints trailed 20-17 in the final seconds and faced 4th and goal from the Rams' 1-yard line. Instead of settling for a tie (there was no overtime for regular season games in the NFL in 1971), the Saints gambled and went for the win. Manning ran a quarterback sneak in which the officials signaled touchdown, although television replays showed that Manning was stopped short of the goal line. So instead of a 20-17 win, the Rams lost 24-20. In week 2 the Rams needed a last second field goal to tie the Atlanta Falcons, 20-20. The Rams appeared to right their ship by winning their next 4 games, including a 20-13 win in San Francisco. But back to back losses to the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts left the 4-3-1 Rams 1 1/2 games behind the 6-2 49ers. Then the Rams won 2 straight, including a 17-6 win in San Francisco; that gave the Rams a 1/2 game lead in the division and they held the tiebreaker over the 49ers by virtue of their season sweep of S.F. The Rams then lost a Thanksgiving game in Dallas 28-21, but re-took the division lead with two games to play by beating the Saints 45-28. However, just as they had the year before, the Rams lost a Monday night game at home, this time to the Redskins coached by their former head man George Allen, 38-24. And just like the previous season's Monday night home loss to the Lions, this one ended up costing the Rams both the division title and the wild card berth (won by the Redskins). The Rams won their final game in Pittsburgh 23-14, but learned on their flight home that the 49ers rallied beat the Lions with a 4th quarter touchdown, 31-27.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 at New Orleans Saints L 24–20
70,915
2 September 26, 1971 Atlanta Falcons T 20–20
57,895
3 October 3, 1971 Chicago Bears W 17–3
66,957
4 October 10, 1971 at San Francisco 49ers W 20–13
44,000
5 October 17, 1971 at Atlanta Falcons W 24–16
58,850
6 October 24, 1971 Green Bay Packers W 30–13
75,351
7 October 31, 1971 Miami Dolphins L 20–14
72,903
8 November 8, 1971 at Baltimore Colts L 24–17
57,722
9 November 14, 1971 at Detroit Lions W 21–13
54,418
10 November 21, 1971 San Francisco 49ers W 17–6
80,050
11 November 25, 1971 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–21
66,595
12 December 5, 1971 New Orleans Saints W 45–28
73,610
13 December 13, 1971 Washington Redskins L 38–24
80,402
14 December 19, 1971 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–14
45,233

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers 9 5 0 .643 2–4 7–4 300 216 W2
Los Angeles Rams 8 5 1 .615 4–1–1 7–3–1 313 260 W1
Atlanta Falcons 7 6 1 .538 3–2–1 4–6–1 274 277 W1
New Orleans Saints 4 8 2 .333 2–4 4–7 266 347 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

References[edit]

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