Rams' run defense was gashed in this opener as rookie Billy Sims rushed for 153 yards and 3 TD's and veteran Dexter Bussey ran for 111 more and a TD. Pat Haden passed for 133 yards and 3 INT's before breaking his right index finger late and giving way to Vince Ferragamo.
Vince Ferragamo looked rusty in his first start, throwing 4 INT's. Rams blew several opportunities for TD's and Buccaneers won on a late 1-yard TD run by QB Doug Williams after an end-zone pass-interference call.
Rams unveiled their "new look" passing offense in this one as Vince Ferragamo threw for 3 TD's and had no INT's. Rams also picked off five passes, two of which were returned for TD's by Jimmie Johnson and Rod Perry.
Rams' offensive machine powered on with 304 yards passing and 4 TD's from Ferragamo. Peacock ran for 114 more yards and had a receiving TD. Rams ran back two interceptions of Joe Montana for TD's, one by Jim Youngblood and one by Nolan Cromwell.
Ferragamo was held in check in this one with only 99 yards passing, but did manage to pass for another TD and run for another. Rams running game and defense took care of business, rushing for 244 yards with 115 by Cullen Bryant.
This early battle for NFC West supremacy was a slugfest from the start. It was won on two big plays near the end, however. The Falcons had a 3rd and 38 from their own 29 before Steve Bartkowski hit Alfred Jackson twice, on a 27-yard pass play to the 46 and, on 4th and 11, the winning 54-yard bomb.
Rams were totally outclassed at home as the Dolphins rolled up 441 yards of offense, 280 rushing. Delvin Williams rushed for 151 yards on only 12 carries and new star QB David Woodley passed for 3 TD's and ran for two more.
Another stellar road performance by the defense as the Saints only got 96 yards of total offense. Preston Dennard caught a pair of TD passes, one from Ferragamo and one on a halfback pass by Mike Guman.
Rams seemed to be comfortable on the road once again as Ferragamo passed for four more TD's despite throwing 4 interceptions. Peacock ran for 152 yards as the Rams rolled up a season-high 510 yards of offense.
The cold of Buffalo proved to be a little too much for the Rams to handle. Ferragamo was hurt in the ribs early in the third quarter by a Ben Williams hit and didn't return. Rams defense kept the Bills out of the end zone, but the Bills won on an overtime FG.
On a Monday night, the Rams routed the defending NFC champs. Rookie RB Jewerl Thomas, starting in place of an injured Elvis Peacock, ran wild, rushing for 147 yards and a TD and Ferragamo passed for three more.
Ferragamo rallied the Rams from a 14-3 halftime deficit with a TD pass (giving him a then Ram-record 30 for the season) and Jewerl Thomas scored on a 37-yard run, but the star of the overtime was Frank Corral, handling both the punting and kicking duties. The Rams stalled on their first drive of overtime, but Corral pinned the Falcons deep into their territory with a 65-yard punt. On the Falcons first play, QB Steve Bartkowski was hit on a blitz, fumbled, and the Rams recovered on the 1-yard line. Corral then resumed his placekicking duty and booted a 23-yard FG for the win.