In a barnburner of a game, the Saints took a late 4th quarter lead, 27–21, on a Ken Stabler TD pass to Eugene Goodlow. After stalling on their next drive, the Rams pinned the Saints deep and punter Russell Erxleben chose to run out of the end zone for a safety. However, Ferragamo and the Rams took the free kick and drove to the winning score on a 3-yard run by Dickerson, his third of the day.
Rams fought back from a 17–3 halftime deficit with 21 unanswered points in the third. Ferragamo threw for 2 TD's and Dickerson rushed for another, but the Packers came back in the fourth and won a late FG.
Dickerson ripped off an 85-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 192 yards rushing, but the Jets prevailed in OT as Richard Todd passed for 446 yards and two TD's. This game was marred by a brawl between Rams OT Jackie Slater and Jets DE Mark Gastineau after Gastineau did his infamous "sack dance".
49ers prevailed in a slugfest, overcoming 5 TD passes by Ferragamo and 144 yards rushing by Dickerson. The 49ers rallied from a 28–17 deficit by scoring 28 fourth quarter points, the go-ahead TD coming when DE Dwaine Board recovered a Dickerson fumble in the end zone. Joe Montana tossed 3 TDs for the winners.
Needing a win for a playoff berth, the Rams failed to cross the goal line on offense, but were helped by defense and special teams on the road. In a nip-and-tuck battle, the Saints scored first on a Stabler TD pass. The Rams then ran off 16 unanswered points on a Jack Youngblood safety, a punt return TD by Henry Ellard, and an INT return TD by Johnnie Johnson. The Saints got a TD run by backup QB Dave Wilson and a FG, but then Nolan Cromwell returned an INT for a TD. After the Saints scored their final TD to go up by one, Mike Lansford won it for the Rams on a late FG.