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1971 Los Angeles Rams

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8-5-1, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.6, Offense: 4.2, Defense: 2.4, SoS: 2.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 313 points (22.4/g), 5th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 260 points (18.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of 53 points (3.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (8-5-1)

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: Fullerton State (Fullerton, California)

Team Info

President/General Manager Bill Barnes Presided over estate of Dan Reeves until buyer could be found for franchise
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 313 4233 856 4.9 29 18 18 234 185 370 2094 18 11 5.3 111 460 2139 15 4.7 105
Team Defense 260 4037 879 4.6 34 7 19 239 200 387 2379 15 27 5.6 129 455 1658 11 3.6 91
Lg Rank Offense 5 8 6 17 11 12 16 6 2 17 16 7 7 2
Lg Rank Defense 8 14 15 25 20 20 20 11 3 13 14 7 10 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ New Orleans Saints 20 24 11 262 144 118 1 21 276 154 122 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore T 0-1-1 Atlanta Falcons 20 20 20 317 125 192 3 20 437 287 150 1
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 1-1-1 Chicago Bears 17 3 21 422 159 263 4 10 113 45 68 4
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-1-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 13 9 201 -18 219 2 14 272 152 120 4
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-1-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 24 16 18 306 182 124 4 14 249 135 114 4
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-1-1 Green Bay Packers 30 13 20 331 167 164 1 14 237 144 93 4
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-2-1 Miami Dolphins 14 20 22 359 245 114 2 13 312 185 127
8 Mon November 8 boxscore L 4-3-1 @ Baltimore Colts 17 24 12 262 154 108 2 17 249 94 155 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Detroit Lions 21 13 19 311 170 141 1 21 317 140 177 1
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 6-3-1 San Francisco 49ers 17 6 8 173 49 124 1 21 382 286 96 4
11 Thu November 25 boxscore L 6-4-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 21 28 21 313 227 86 3 15 280 166 114
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 7-4-1 New Orleans Saints 45 28 22 421 128 293 1 20 263 207 56 1
13 Mon December 13 boxscore L 7-5-1 Washington Redskins 24 38 17 318 214 104 4 15 319 240 79 3
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 8-5-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 23 14 14 237 148 89 24 331 144 187 5

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
18 Roman Gabriel 31 QB 14 14 8-5-1 180 352 51.1% 2238 17 4.8 10 2.8 68 6.4 6.0 12.4 159.9 75.4 25 200 5.41 5.11 6.6 2 1
17 Jerry Rhome 29 14 0 5 18 27.8% 66 1 5.6 1 5.6 43 3.7 2.3 13.2 4.7 37.7 1 10 2.95 1.63 5.3 1 1
Team Total 27.0 14 8-5-1 185 370 50.0% 2304 18 4.9 11 3.0 68 6.2 5.9 12.5 164.6 73.5 26 210 5.29 4.95 6.6 3 2
Opp Total 14 200 387 51.7% 2693 15 3.9 27 7.0 7.0 4.59 13.5 192.4 58.0 37 314 5.6 3.5 8.7

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
33 Willie Ellison* 26 RB 14 13 211 1000 4 80 4.7 71.4 15.1 32 238 7.4 0 49 2.3 17.0 1238 4 8
34 Les Josephson 29 FB 14 9 99 449 3 57 4.5 32.1 7.1 26 230 8.8 2 29 1.9 16.4 679 5 3
38 Larry Smith 24 rb 14 6 91 404 5 64 4.4 28.9 6.5 31 324 10.5 0 34 2.2 23.1 728 5 2
25 Travis Williams 25 KR 14 0 18 103 0 36 5.7 7.4 1.3 3 68 22.7 0 43 0.2 4.9 171 0 3
18 Roman Gabriel 31 QB 14 14 18 48 2 10 2.7 3.4 1.3 48 2 9
13 Lance Rentzel 28 WR 14 14 14 113 1 50 8.1 8.1 1.0 38 534 14.1 5 41 2.7 38.1 647 6 2
80 Bob Klein 24 TE 14 14 3 21 0 13 7.0 1.5 0.2 14 160 11.4 4 33 1.0 11.4 181 4 0
17 Jerry Rhome 29 14 0 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 0
44 Lee White 25 7 0 2 11 0 6 5.5 1.6 0.3 11 0 0
84 Jack Snow 28 WR 14 14 1 -10 0 -10 -10.0 -0.7 0.1 37 666 18.0 5 68 2.6 47.6 656 5 0
48 Matt Maslowski 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 82 27.3 1 36 0.2 5.9 82 1 0
88 Pat Curran 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 1 2 0.1 0.1 2 1 0
Team Total 27.0 14 460 2139 15 80 4.7 152.8 32.9 185 2304 12.5 18 68 13.2 164.6 4443 33 32
Opp Total 14 455 1658 11 3.6 118.4 32.5 200 2379 11.9 15 14.3 169.9 4037 26 22

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
23 Alvin Haymond 29 PR 10 0 24 123 0 28 5.1 9 207 0 34 23.0 330
25 Travis Williams 25 KR 14 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 25 743 1 105 29.7 918
13 Lance Rentzel 28 WR 14 14 9 40 0 24 4.4 687
21 Gene Howard 25 RCB 14 14 7 164 0 34 23.4 164
46 Roger Williams 26 4 0 4 100 0 57 25.0 100
88 Pat Curran 26 14 0 3 35 0 26 11.7 37
85 Jack Youngblood 21 de 14 4 2 36 0 22 18.0 36
39 Kermit Alexander 30 SS 14 14 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
34 Les Josephson 29 FB 14 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 679
64 Mike LaHood 27 9 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 25
61 Rich Saul 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
35 Bob Thomas 23 6 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 27.0 14 35 172 0 28 4.9 54 1322 1 105 24.5 5937
Opp Total 14 27 67 0 2.5 57 1176 1 20.6

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
28 Pat Studstill 33 P 14 0 70 2896 60 0 41.4
27 David Ray 27 K 14 0 7 6 8 6 3 2 10 4 1 29 18 62.1%% 37 37 100.0%%
Team Total 27.0 14 7 6 8 6 3 2 10 4 1 29 18 62.1%% 37 37 100.0%% 70 2896 60 0 41.4
Opp Total 14 32 17 53.1%% 30 29 96.7%% 66 2600 39.4

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
18 Roman Gabriel 31 QB 14 14 0 9 3 -23 0
33 Willie Ellison* 26 RB 14 13 0 8 3 0 0
21 Gene Howard 25 RCB 14 14 6 99 0 35 0 0 0 2 6 1
23 Alvin Haymond 29 PR 10 0 0 4 3 -13 0
19 Jim Nettles 29 LCB 14 14 5 97 1 44 0
86 Marlin McKeever 31 MLB 14 14 4 38 0 15 0
58 Isiah Robertson* 22 RLB 14 12 4 32 0 20 0
38 Larry Smith 24 rb 14 6 0 2 2 0 0
25 Travis Williams 25 KR 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
39 Kermit Alexander 30 SS 14 14 3 122 1 82 0
42 Dave Elmendorf 22 FS 14 14 2 32 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Les Josephson 29 FB 14 9 0 3 0 0 0
79 Coy Bacon 29 RDE 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Jim Purnell 30 LLB 14 14 2 32 0 17 0
13 Lance Rentzel 28 WR 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
80 Bob Klein 24 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
48 Matt Maslowski 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Phil Olsen 23 RDT 10 8 0 0 1 0 0
46 Roger Williams 26 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 27 452 2 82 0 0 32 19 -30 1
Opp Total 14 26 22 15

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
27 David Ray 27 K 14 0 37 18 91
13 Lance Rentzel 28 WR 14 14 1 5 6 36
34 Les Josephson 29 FB 14 9 3 2 5 30
38 Larry Smith 24 rb 14 6 5 5 30
84 Jack Snow 28 WR 14 14 5 5 30
33 Willie Ellison* 26 RB 14 13 4 4 24
80 Bob Klein 24 TE 14 14 4 4 24
18 Roman Gabriel 31 QB 14 14 2 2 12
39 Kermit Alexander 30 SS 14 14 1 1 6
88 Pat Curran 26 14 0 1 1 6
21 Gene Howard 25 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
48 Matt Maslowski 22 14 0 1 1 6
19 Jim Nettles 29 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
25 Travis Williams 25 KR 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.0 14 15 18 1 1 2 37 37 18 313
Opp Total 14 11 15 1 2 1 29 17 260

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ NOR L, 20-24 4 29 pass Les Josephson 29 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ NOR L, 20-24 4 1 rush Les Josephson 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
3 1971-09-26 ATL T, 20-20 1 1 pass Bob Klein 1 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (David Ray kick)
4 1971-09-26 ATL T, 20-20 3 50 rush Willie Ellison 50 yard rush (David Ray kick)
5 1971-10-03 CHI W, 17-3 1 6 rush Les Josephson 6 yard rush (David Ray kick)
6 1971-10-03 CHI W, 17-3 4 50 rush Lance Rentzel 50 yard rush (David Ray kick)
7 1971-10-10 @ SFO W, 20-13 3 4 fumble Gene Howard 4 yard fumble return (David Ray kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ SFO W, 20-13 4 64 rush Larry Smith 64 yard rush (David Ray kick)
9 1971-10-17 @ ATL W, 24-16 2 1 rush Roman Gabriel 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
10 1971-10-17 @ ATL W, 24-16 4 1 rush Roman Gabriel 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
11 1971-10-17 @ ATL W, 24-16 4 5 rush Willie Ellison 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
12 1971-10-24 GNB W, 30-13 1 19 pass Bob Klein 19 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
13 1971-10-24 GNB W, 30-13 3 18 pass Jack Snow 18 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
14 1971-10-24 GNB W, 30-13 4 8 pass Lance Rentzel 8 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
15 1971-10-31 MIA L, 14-20 4 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
16 1971-10-31 MIA L, 14-20 4 45 pass Jack Snow 45 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
17 1971-11-08 @ BAL L, 17-24 2 12 pass Les Josephson 12 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
18 1971-11-08 @ BAL L, 17-24 4 36 pass Matt Maslowski 36 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
19 1971-11-14 @ DET W, 21-13 2 1 rush Les Josephson 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
20 1971-11-14 @ DET W, 21-13 2 14 pass Lance Rentzel 14 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
21 1971-11-14 @ DET W, 21-13 4 32 pass Lance Rentzel 32 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
22 1971-11-21 SFO W, 17-6 2 13 pass Jack Snow 13 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
23 1971-11-21 SFO W, 17-6 2 29 interception Jim Nettles 29 yard interception return (David Ray kick)
24 1971-11-25 @ DAL L, 21-28 1 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
25 1971-11-25 @ DAL L, 21-28 1 33 pass Bob Klein 33 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
26 1971-11-25 @ DAL L, 21-28 3 2 pass Pat Curran 2 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
27 1971-12-05 NOR W, 45-28 1 80 rush Willie Ellison 80 yard rush (David Ray kick)
28 1971-12-05 NOR W, 45-28 1 37 pass Jack Snow 37 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
29 1971-12-05 NOR W, 45-28 1 105 kickoff Travis Williams 105 yard kickoff return (David Ray kick)
30 1971-12-05 NOR W, 45-28 2 5 rush Larry Smith 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
31 1971-12-05 NOR W, 45-28 2 8 pass Lance Rentzel 8 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
32 1971-12-05 NOR W, 45-28 4 39 pass Lance Rentzel 39 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
33 1971-12-13 WAS L, 24-38 1 82 interception Kermit Alexander 82 yard interception return (David Ray kick)
34 1971-12-13 WAS L, 24-38 3 3 pass Bob Klein 3 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
35 1971-12-13 WAS L, 24-38 4 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
36 1971-12-19 @ PIT W, 23-14 1 20 pass Jack Snow 20 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
37 1971-12-19 @ PIT W, 23-14 3 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ NOR W, 24-20 3 6 pass Dave Parks 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Skip Butler kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ NOR W, 24-20 3 2 rush Bob Gresham 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
3 1971-09-19 @ NOR W, 24-20 4 1 rush Archie Manning 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
4 1971-09-26 ATL T, 20-20 2 27 pass Cannonball Butler 27 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
5 1971-09-26 ATL T, 20-20 3 4 rush Joe Profit 4 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
6 1971-10-10 @ SFO L, 13-20 3 9 pass Ted Kwalick 9 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1971-10-17 @ ATL L, 16-24 1 1 pass Cannonball Butler 1 yard pass from Bob Berry
8 1971-10-17 @ ATL L, 16-24 4 54 fumble John Mallory 54 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
9 1971-10-24 GNB L, 13-30 4 32 pass John Spilis 32 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Lou Michaels kick)
10 1971-10-31 MIA W, 20-14 1 74 pass Paul Warfield 74 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1971-10-31 MIA W, 20-14 2 11 pass Howard Twilley 11 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1971-11-08 @ BAL W, 24-17 2 4 rush Tom Matte 4 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
13 1971-11-08 @ BAL W, 24-17 4 31 fumble Ted Hendricks 31 yard fumble return (Jim O'Brien kick)
14 1971-11-08 @ BAL W, 24-17 4 23 rush Tom Matte 23 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
15 1971-11-14 @ DET L, 13-21 4 1 rush Greg Landry 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
16 1971-11-25 @ DAL W, 28-21 1 89 kickoff Ike Thomas 89 yard kickoff return (Mike Clark kick)
17 1971-11-25 @ DAL W, 28-21 2 51 pass Bob Hayes 51 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
18 1971-11-25 @ DAL W, 28-21 3 21 pass Lance Alworth 21 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
19 1971-11-25 @ DAL W, 28-21 4 5 rush Duane Thomas 5 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
20 1971-12-05 NOR L, 28-45 1 25 pass Danny Abramowicz 25 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Charlie Durkee kick)
21 1971-12-05 NOR L, 28-45 3 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
22 1971-12-05 NOR L, 28-45 3 1 rush Ed Hargett 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
23 1971-12-05 NOR L, 28-45 4 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
24 1971-12-13 WAS W, 38-24 1 70 pass Roy Jefferson 70 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
25 1971-12-13 WAS W, 38-24 2 32 pass Clifton McNeil 32 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
26 1971-12-13 WAS W, 38-24 2 1 rush Larry Brown 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
27 1971-12-13 WAS W, 38-24 3 5 pass Roy Jefferson 5 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
28 1971-12-13 WAS W, 38-24 4 46 interception Speedy Duncan 46 yard interception return (Curt Knight kick)
29 1971-12-19 @ PIT L, 14-23 2 3 pass Larry Brown 3 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
30 1971-12-19 @ PIT L, 14-23 3 2 pass Ron Shanklin 2 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)