The 1976Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 39th year with the National Football League and the 31st season in Los Angeles. The Rams continued their dominance of the NFC West, winning their 4th straight division title as well as their 4th straight playoff berth. After a record setting 1975 season in which their defense was nearly untouchable, the Rams were picked by many to win the Super Bowl. Despite not improving on it's 12-2 record from 1975, the team continued to be one of the best in the NFL. This Rams team is quite notable for setting many records during the season. One good notable record was breaking the franchise record for points scored in a game with 59 in a 59-0 devouring of the Atlanta Falcons. The Rams would ultimately have another year of success, finishing 10-3-1. In the playoffs, they would beat Dallas 14-12 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. However, the Rams would lose the NFC Championship game to the Minnesota Vikings 24-13.
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 touchdowns 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 touchdown 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 touchdown to Ron Jessie. Jackson had his third INT return touchdown.