The 1983Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 46th year with the National Football League and the 38th season in the city of Los Angeles. The franchise drafted a future Hall of Fame Running Back in Eric Dickerson. The season saw the team attempt to improve on its 2-7 record from 1982. The team started out 5-2 before splitting their next 4 games and then lost at home to Washington to sit at 7-5. They would split their last 4 games to finish 9-7 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1980 after a 2-year absence. In the playoffs, they defeated the Cowboys 24-17 in Dallas to advance to the Divisional Round. However, in the game, the Rams were annihilated 51-7 by the Redskins, who would go to the Super Bowl later.
In a barnburner of a game, the Saints took a late 4th quarter lead, 27–21, on a Ken Stabler touchdown 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 touchdowns and Dickerson rushed for another, but the Packers came back in the fourth and won a late FG.
Dickerson ripped off an 85-yard touchdown run on the Rams' second play from scrimmage and finished with 192 yards rushing, but the Jets prevailed in OT as Richard Todd passed for 446 yards and two touchdowns. 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 touchdown 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 touchdown coming when DE Dwaine Board recovered a Dickerson fumble in the end zone. Joe Montana tossed 3 touchdowns 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 touchdown pass. The Rams then ran off 16 unanswered points on a Jack Youngblood safety, a punt return touchdown by Henry Ellard, and an INT return touchdown by Johnnie Johnson. The Saints got a touchdown run by backup QB Dave Wilson and a FG, but then Nolan Cromwell returned an INT for a touchdown. After the Saints scored their final touchdown to go up by one, Mike Lansford won it for the Rams on a late FG.