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1949 Los Angeles Rams

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8-2-2, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1949 NFL Season Summary

Scored 360 points (30.0/g), 2nd of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 239 points (19.9/g), 4th.
 Differential of 121 points (10.1/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 8.7-3.3.

Coach: Clark Shaughnessy (8-2-2)

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: University of Redlands (Redlands, California)

Team Info

Co-Owner Edwin Pauley
Co-Owner Dan Reeves
General Manager Chile Walsh

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 360 4406 829 5.3 45 18 17 245 192 366 2674 23 27 7.0 125 445 1732 19 3.9 103
Team Defense 239 3490 841 4.1 48 18 20 213 144 335 1811 16 30 4.9 92 472 1679 14 3.6 101
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 6 7 2 4 2 2 6 2 6 6 4 5
Lg Rank Defense 4 4 3 2 5 7 3 5 3 3 6 4 3 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Fri September 23 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 27 24 20 331 163 168 3 18 298 233 65 3
2 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-0 @ Green Bay Packers 48 7 23 420 173 247 16 277 80 197 3
3 Sun October 9 boxscore W 3-0 @ Chicago Bears 31 16 18 336 211 125 4 17 327 251 76 8
4 Sun October 16 boxscore W 4-0 @ Detroit Lions 21 10 15 294 208 86 5 17 294 180 114 5
5 Sun October 23 boxscore W 5-0 Green Bay Packers 35 7 14 248 77 171 5 18 289 106 183 6
6 Sun October 30 boxscore W 6-0 Chicago Bears 27 24 27 385 303 82 4 18 392 225 167 7
7 Sun November 6 boxscore L 6-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 14 38 13 224 197 27 5 25 439 175 264 1
8 Sun November 13 boxscore T 6-1-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 7 23 362 167 195 3 7 138 138
9 Sun November 20 boxscore T 6-1-2 @ Chicago Cardinals 28 28 22 465 278 187 6 19 258 89 169 5
10 Sun November 27 boxscore W 7-1-2 New York Bulldogs 42 20 23 462 354 108 19 363 221 142 2
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 7-2-2 Chicago Cardinals 27 31 19 379 222 157 6 14 277 171 106 2
12 Sun December 11 boxscore W 8-2-2 Washington Redskins 53 27 28 584 405 179 4 25 378 320 58 6
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 18 boxscore L 8-3-2 Philadelphia Eagles 0 14 7 109 88 21 1 17 342 68 274 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Bob Waterfield+ 29 K/P/QB 12 11 154 296 52.0% 2168 17 5.7 24 8.1 71 7.3 4.8 14.1 180.7 61.3
Norm Van Brocklin 23 8 0 32 58 55.2% 601 6 10.3 2 3.4 51 10.4 10.9 18.8 75.1 111.4
Bobby Thomason 21 6 0 6 12 50.0% 50 0 0.0 1 8.3 15 4.2 0.4 8.3 8.3 26.4 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 192 366 52.5% 2819 23 6.3 27 7.4 71 7.7 5.6 14.7 234.9 68.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 144 335 43.0% 2084 16 4.8 30 9.0 6.2 3.15 14.5 173.7 42.4 34 273 4.9 2.1 9.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Dick Hoerner 27 FB 12 12 155 582 6 37 3.8 48.5 12.9 17 213 12.5 0 29 1.4 17.8 795 6 7
Elroy Hirsch 26 e 12 3 68 287 1 51 4.2 23.9 5.7 22 326 14.8 4 48 1.8 27.2 613 5 4
Fred Gehrke 31 LH 12 7 58 203 2 53 3.5 16.9 4.8 9 140 15.6 2 42 0.8 11.7 343 4 0
Tank Younger 21 RH 12 8 52 191 0 16 3.7 15.9 4.3 7 119 17.0 0 33 0.6 9.9 310 0 4
Vitamin Smith 26 PR 12 4 40 117 2 26 2.9 9.8 3.3 5 63 12.6 1 24 0.4 5.3 180 3 3
Tommy Kalmanir 23 KR 12 2 29 218 1 51 7.5 18.2 2.4 2 36 18.0 0 23 0.2 3.0 254 1 1
Jerry Williams 26 12 0 19 103 3 18 5.4 8.6 1.6 7 102 14.6 0 42 0.6 8.5 205 3 2
Gerry Cowhig 28 lb 11 1 10 32 1 8 3.2 2.9 0.9 32 1 0
Bob Waterfield+ 29 K/P/QB 12 11 5 -4 1 5 -0.8 -0.3 0.4 -4 1 4
Bob Agler 25 8 0 4 7 0 4 1.8 0.9 0.5 7 0 0
Norm Van Brocklin 23 8 0 4 -1 0 2 -0.3 -0.1 0.5 -1 0 2
Tom Fears 27 LE 12 10 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.3 0.1 77 1013 13.2 9 51 6.4 84.4 1010 9 0
Bob Shaw 28 RE 11 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 535 18.4 6 71 2.6 48.6 535 6 1
Tom Keane 23 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 70 17.5 0 44 0.4 7.0 70 0 0
Don Currivan 29 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 78 26.0 1 40 0.3 6.5 78 1 0
Frank Hubbell 27 e 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 32 10.7 0 12 0.3 2.7 32 0 0
Jack Zilly 28 de 12 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 35 11.7 0 14 0.3 2.9 35 0 0
Dick Huffman+ 26 LT 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 0 23 0.2 3.0 36 0 0
Bill Smyth 27 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 14 0.2 1.8 21 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 445 1732 17 53 3.9 144.3 37.1 192 2819 14.7 23 71 16.0 234.9 4551 40 29
Opp Total 12 472 1679 14 3.6 139.9 39.3 144 1811 12.6 16 12.0 150.9 3490 30 30

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Vitamin Smith 26 PR 12 4 27 427 1 85 15.8 13 235 0 31 18.1 842
Tommy Kalmanir 23 KR 12 2 14 164 1 62 11.7 18 403 0 57 22.4 821
Gerry Cowhig 28 lb 11 1 2 20 0 10 10.0 52
Don Paul 24 12 0 2 32 0 20 16.0 32
Jerry Williams 26 12 0 2 33 0 30 16.5 238
Hal Dean 27 LG 12 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Jack Zilly 28 de 12 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 35
Team Total 26.2 12 43 624 2 85 14.5 37 690 0 57 18.6 5865
Opp Total 12 26 1588 0 61.1 55 1144 0 20.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Bob Waterfield+ 29 K/P/QB 12 11 16 9 56.3%% 45 43 95.6%% 49 2177 61 1 44.4
Fred Gehrke 31 LH 12 7 1 0.0%% 3 2 66.7%%
Norm Van Brocklin 23 8 0 2 91 46 0 45.5
Dick Hoerner 27 FB 12 12 1 43 43 0 43.0
Team Total 26.2 12 17 9 52.9%% 48 45 93.8%% 52 2311 61 1 44.4
Opp Total 12 13 5 38.5%% 32 30 93.8%% 68 2990 44.0

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
George Sims 22 12 0 9 78 1 27 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jerry Williams 26 12 0 5 42 1 25 0 0 2 2 0 0
Dick Hoerner 27 FB 12 12 0 7 1 0 0
Bob Waterfield+ 29 K/P/QB 12 11 0 4 3 0 0
Elroy Hirsch 26 e 12 3 2 55 0 32 0 0 4 0 0 0
Tank Younger 21 RH 12 8 0 4 2 0 0
Don Currivan 29 12 0 5 31 0 16 0
Gil Bouley 28 rt 12 6 0 0 4 19 0
Gerry Cowhig 28 lb 11 1 4 62 1 26 0
Vitamin Smith 26 PR 12 4 0 3 1 0 0
Mike Lazetich 28 g 7 4 2 47 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
Don Paul 24 12 0 2 23 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
Norm Van Brocklin 23 8 0 0 2 1 0 0
Larry Brink 26 de 11 1 0 0 2 0 0
Frank Hubbell 27 e 12 1 1 21 1 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dick Huffman+ 26 LT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
Bill Smyth 27 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
Jack Zilly 28 de 12 2 0 0 2 0 0
Bob Agler 25 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Tommy Kalmanir 23 KR 12 2 0 1 0 0 0
Jack Martin 27 C 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
Bob Shaw 28 RE 11 10 0 1 0 0 0
Al Sparkman 23 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ray Yagiello 26 RG 12 7 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 30 359 4 32 0 0 29 29 19 0
Opp Total 12 18 30 12 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Bob Waterfield+ 29 K/P/QB 12 11 1 1 43 9 76
Tom Fears 27 LE 12 10 9 9 54
Elroy Hirsch 26 e 12 3 1 4 1 6 36
Dick Hoerner 27 FB 12 12 6 6 36
Bob Shaw 28 RE 11 10 6 6 36
Fred Gehrke 31 LH 12 7 2 2 1 5 2 32
Vitamin Smith 26 PR 12 4 2 1 1 4 24
Jerry Williams 26 12 0 3 1 4 24
Gerry Cowhig 28 lb 11 1 1 1 2 12
Tommy Kalmanir 23 KR 12 2 1 1 2 12
Don Currivan 29 12 0 1 1 6
Frank Hubbell 27 e 12 1 1 1 6
George Sims 22 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 12 17 23 2 4 2 48 45 9 360
Opp Total 12 14 16 1 1 30 5 1 239

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1949-09-23 DET W, 27-24 1 16 pass Tom Fears 16 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
2 1949-09-23 DET W, 27-24 2 4 rush Elroy Hirsch 4 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
3 1949-09-23 DET W, 27-24 4 19 pass Elroy Hirsch 19 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
4 1949-10-02 @ GNB W, 48-7 1 21 interception Frank Hubbell 21 yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick)
5 1949-10-02 @ GNB W, 48-7 2 2 rush Dick Hoerner 2 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
6 1949-10-02 @ GNB W, 48-7 3 11 lateral Fred Gehrke 11 yard lateral return (Bob Waterfield kick)
7 1949-10-02 @ GNB W, 48-7 3 20 interception Gerry Cowhig 20 yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick)
8 1949-10-02 @ GNB W, 48-7 4 8 rush Jerry Williams 8 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
9 1949-10-02 @ GNB W, 48-7 4 45 rush Tommy Kalmanir 45 yard rush (Fred Gehrke kick)
10 1949-10-09 @ CHI W, 31-16 2 10 pass Tom Fears 10 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
11 1949-10-09 @ CHI W, 31-16 2 14 pass Elroy Hirsch 14 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
12 1949-10-09 @ CHI W, 31-16 3 26 pass Bob Shaw 26 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
13 1949-10-09 @ CHI W, 31-16 4 5 lateral Elroy Hirsch 5 yard lateral return (Bob Waterfield kick)
14 1949-10-16 @ DET W, 21-10 2 48 pass Elroy Hirsch 48 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
15 1949-10-16 @ DET W, 21-10 3 25 lateral Fred Gehrke 25 yard lateral return (Bob Waterfield kick)
16 1949-10-16 @ DET W, 21-10 4 25 interception Jerry Williams 25 yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick)
17 1949-10-23 GNB W, 35-7 1 4 pass Fred Gehrke 4 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
18 1949-10-23 GNB W, 35-7 1 62 punt Tommy Kalmanir 62 yard punt return (Bob Waterfield kick)
19 1949-10-23 GNB W, 35-7 3 2 rush Dick Hoerner 2 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
20 1949-10-23 GNB W, 35-7 3 4 rush Jerry Williams 4 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
21 1949-10-23 GNB W, 35-7 4 6 rush Jerry Williams 6 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
22 1949-10-30 CHI W, 27-24 2 4 pass Elroy Hirsch 4 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
23 1949-10-30 CHI W, 27-24 2 1 rush Dick Hoerner 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
24 1949-10-30 CHI W, 27-24 4 1 rush Gerry Cowhig 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
25 1949-11-06 @ PHI L, 14-38 1 7 pass Tom Fears 7 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
26 1949-11-06 @ PHI L, 14-38 4 13 rush Vitamin Smith 13 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
27 1949-11-13 @ PIT T, 7-7 4 1 rush Fred Gehrke 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
28 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 2 11 rush Dick Hoerner 11 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
29 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 2 13 pass Tom Fears 13 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
30 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 4 3 rush Dick Hoerner 3 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
31 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 4 12 interception George Sims 12 yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick)
32 1949-11-27 NYY W, 42-20 1 16 pass Fred Gehrke 16 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
33 1949-11-27 NYY W, 42-20 1 23 pass Vitamin Smith 23 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
34 1949-11-27 NYY W, 42-20 3 30 pass Tom Fears 30 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
35 1949-11-27 NYY W, 42-20 3 31 pass Tom Fears 31 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
36 1949-11-27 NYY W, 42-20 4 15 pass Tom Fears 15 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
37 1949-11-27 NYY W, 42-20 4 40 pass Don Currivan 40 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
38 1949-12-04 CRD L, 27-31 1 71 pass Bob Shaw 71 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
39 1949-12-04 CRD L, 27-31 2 1 rush Bob Waterfield 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
40 1949-12-04 CRD L, 27-31 3 51 punt Vitamin Smith 51 yard punt return (Bob Waterfield kick)
41 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 1 29 pass Tom Fears 29 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
42 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 1 9 pass Bob Shaw 9 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin
43 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 1 48 pass Bob Shaw 48 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
44 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 2 10 rush Dick Hoerner 10 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
45 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 2 26 rush Vitamin Smith 26 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
46 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 3 45 pass Bob Shaw 45 yard pass from Bob Waterfield
47 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 4 25 pass Bob Shaw 25 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin
48 1949-12-11 WAS W, 53-27 4 51 pass Tom Fears 51 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Fred Gehrke kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1949-09-23 DET L, 24-27 1 1 rush Bill Dudley 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
2 1949-09-23 DET L, 24-27 2 7 pass Mel Groomes 7 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
3 1949-09-23 DET L, 24-27 4 38 pass Cloyce Box 38 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
4 1949-10-02 @ GNB L, 7-48 4 1 rush Stan Heath 1 yard rush (Ted Fritsch kick)
5 1949-10-09 @ CHI L, 16-31 1 45 pass Julie Rykovich 45 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
6 1949-10-09 @ CHI L, 16-31 2 6 rush George Blanda 6 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
7 1949-10-16 @ DET L, 10-21 2 7 pass John Greene 7 yard pass from Clyde LeForce (Bill Dudley kick)
8 1949-10-23 GNB L, 7-35 3 8 rush Ted Fritsch 8 yard rush (Ted Fritsch kick)
9 1949-10-30 CHI L, 24-27 2 5 rush George McAfee 5 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
10 1949-10-30 CHI L, 24-27 4 3 rush Julie Rykovich 3 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
11 1949-10-30 CHI L, 24-27 4 43 pass Ken Kavanaugh 43 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
12 1949-11-06 @ PHI W, 38-14 2 2 rush Jack Myers 2 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
13 1949-11-06 @ PHI W, 38-14 2 34 pass Bosh Pritchard 34 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick)
14 1949-11-06 @ PHI W, 38-14 3 21 fumble Russ Craft 21 yard fumble return (Cliff Patton kick)
15 1949-11-06 @ PHI W, 38-14 3 45 pass Pete Pihos 45 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick)
16 1949-11-06 @ PHI W, 38-14 4 4 rush Jim Parmer 4 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
17 1949-11-13 @ PIT T, 7-7 2 18 rush Joe Geri 18 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
18 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 1 5 rush Elmer Angsman 5 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
19 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 2 8 pass Mal Kutner 8 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick)
20 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 3 6 pass Charlie Trippi 6 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick)
21 1949-11-20 @ CRD T, 28-28 3 4 rush Jim Hardy 4 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
22 1949-11-27 NYY L, 20-42 2 21 pass Ralph Heywood 21 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Nick Scollard kick)
23 1949-11-27 NYY L, 20-42 3 1 rush Bobby Layne 1 yard rush
24 1949-11-27 NYY L, 20-42 4 5 pass Nick Scollard 5 yard pass from John Rauch (Nick Scollard kick)
25 1949-12-04 CRD W, 31-27 3 6 rush Charlie Trippi 6 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
26 1949-12-04 CRD W, 31-27 4 12 interception Bill Blackburn 12 yard interception return (Pat Harder kick)
27 1949-12-04 CRD W, 31-27 4 50 pass Babe Dimancheff 50 yard pass from Paul Christman (Pat Harder kick)
28 1949-12-04 CRD W, 31-27 4 24 pass Billy Dewell 24 yard pass from Paul Christman (Pat Harder kick)
29 1949-12-11 WAS L, 27-53 1 19 pass Dan Sandifer 19 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick)
30 1949-12-11 WAS L, 27-53 3 18 pass Hugh Taylor 18 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick)
31 1949-12-11 WAS L, 27-53 4 14 pass John Hollar 14 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick)
32 1949-12-11 WAS L, 27-53 4 1 rush Sammy Baugh 1 yard rush