With Harris and Jaworski both down, the Rams turned to rookie Pat Haden. Haden played it close to the vest with ball-control as McCutcheon and Cappelletti both went over 100 yards rushing for the second straight week. Rams overcame a 10–0 deficit in the fourth to forge the tie.
In perhaps his finest performance as Ram QB, Harris passed for 436 yards and two TDs and ran for another as he helped the Rams overcome a 14–0 halftime deficit. Tom Dempsey won it with a late field goal.
In a Monday-night showdown against the upstart 49ers, Rams were dominated at home by the Niner defense, especially the pass rush. The 49ers sacked Harris 10 times, six alone by DE Tommy Hart. Harris injured his shoulder late and would miss the next few games.
Despite being outgained in yards 422–214 and completing only five passes, the Rams won on a Haden-to-Harold Jackson TD bomb late. Rams defense did record nine QB sacks. Jaworski would be injured, but Harris would return for the next game.
Rams avenged the earlier loss by holding the 49ers to 88 net yards of offense and nine of 28 pass completions. Haden only completed 3 passes, but one was for a TD to Ron Jessie. Jackson had his third INT return TD.