The 1982Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 45th year with the National Football League and the 37th season in Los Angeles. The season saw the Rams attempting to improve on its 6-10 record from 1981, a season that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time since 1972. However, a players strike wiped out 7 of the team's 16 games, and shortened the season schedule to only 9 games. The team struggled early, starting 0-3 by the time the strike started. After the conclusion of the strike, the Rams finally got a win at home over the Kansas City Chiefs. However, during the game, quarterback Bert Jones was lost for the season after suffering a neck injury that ultimately ended his career. The Rams would lose their next four games before upsetting the 49ers in San Francisco in the season finale. The Rams would ultimately finish the season 2-7, last place in their division and dead last in the NFC. It was the team's worst season since 1962, when they won only 1 game. As a result, head coach Ray Malavasi was fired after the season and replaced by John Robinson the next season.
The Rams, with new QB Bert Jones under center, stormed out to a 23–0 halftime lead and looked dominant on the road. However, the loaded Packer offense stormed back with five unanswered TD's, 3 on passes by QB Lynn Dickey and 2 rushing by Eddie Lee Ivery.
Lions stormed out to a 16–0 lead and held on for the win. Billy Sims rushed for 119 yards. CFL returnee Vince Ferragamo replaced an ineffective Jones in the 4th and led two late scoring drives, one on an 85-yard bomb to Willie Miller, but it was too little, too late.
As both teams celebrated a return to football from the 1982 NFL players strike, Jones was hot early as Rams jumped out to a 14–0 1st quarter lead. The Falcons offense then asserted itself behind Steve Bartkowski, who passed for 213 yards and a TD, William Andrews, who rushed for 119 yards and a TD, and rookie Gerald Riggs, who rushed for two more.
Rams finally got in the win column behind two rushing TD's by Wendell Tyler and a Leroy Irvin punt return TD. Jones, however, suffered a neck injury and would be lost for the season. The injury effectively ended Jones' NFL career.
In a Thursday night barnburner, the Rams' Tyler and the 49ers Jeff Moore matched efforts, each scoring 3 TD's. 49ers won late on Moore's 1-yard TD that was set up by a long kickoff return to midfield by Dana McLemore following the Rams' go-ahead TD. Joe Montana passed for 305 yards, while Ferragamo celebrated his return as Rams' starter with 286.
In a disturbing pattern that marked the Rams' season, they got off to an early huge lead. The Rams led 21–0 in the second quarter, all TD's scored after 2 fumbles and an interception. But, Denver's offense righted itself as Steve DeBerg passed for two touchdowns before halftime, and RB Rick Parros scored the winning TD in the 4th. Rams' defense once again failed to seal the deal.
The Rams salvaged a rough season with a road win over the 49ers. Ferragamo hit George Farmer with a late TD bomb to win it. After the game, coach Ray Malavasi was fired. Former USC coach John Robinson was named as his replacement.