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1976 Los Angeles Rams

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10-3-1, Finished 1st in NFC West Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.5, Offense: 5.9, Defense: 4.5, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 351 points (25.1/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 190 points (13.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 161 points (11.5/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.3-2.7.

Coach: Chuck Knox (10-3-1)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
General Manager Don Klosterman
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 351 4869 960 5.1 36 21 11 265 171 315 2341 17 15 6.7 111 613 2528 23 4.1 143
Team Defense 190 3656 871 4.2 48 16 16 213 199 397 2092 11 32 4.7 118 429 1564 11 3.6 79
Lg Rank Offense 3 5 17 21 9 24 9 9 8 4 2 4 4 11
Lg Rank Defense 3 4 2 15 4 25 14 4 1 8 1 2 5 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 @ Atlanta Falcons 30 14 17 369 137 232 4 12 210 148 62 4
2 Sun September 19 boxscore T OT 1-0-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 10 10 25 394 133 261 3 20 363 289 74 3
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0-1 New York Giants 24 10 18 368 179 189 2 20 287 119 168 5
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-0-1 @ Miami Dolphins 31 28 23 593 426 167 1 21 319 100 219 2
5 Mon October 11 boxscore L 3-1-1 San Francisco 49ers 0 16 13 196 104 92 3 15 270 162 108 2
6 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-1-1 Chicago Bears 20 12 17 279 94 185 4 14 325 152 173 4
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 5-1-1 @ New Orleans Saints 16 10 14 179 57 122 5 20 328 214 114 5
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W 6-1-1 Seattle Seahawks 45 6 25 429 223 206 1 9 194 144 50 2
9 Mon November 8 boxscore L 6-2-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 12 20 21 342 160 182 4 15 299 132 167 2
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 6-3-1 St. Louis Cardinals 28 30 15 283 161 122 1 23 417 324 93 2
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 7-3-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 23 3 8 146 26 120 2 7 88 18 70 6
12 Sun November 28 boxscore W 8-3-1 New Orleans Saints 33 14 25 473 150 323 3 18 262 146 116 4
13 Sat December 4 boxscore W 9-3-1 Atlanta Falcons 59 0 30 569 359 210 1 8 81 22 59 4
14 Sat December 11 boxscore W 10-3-1 @ Detroit Lions 20 17 14 249 132 117 2 11 213 122 91 3
Playoffs
Division Sun December 19 boxscore W 11-3-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 14 12 17 250 130 120 3 14 211 126 85 4
ConfChamp Sun December 26 boxscore L 11-4-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 13 24 21 336 143 193 4 13 267 109 158 2

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
12 James Harris 29 QB 7 5 3-2-0 91 158 57.6% 1460 8 5.1 6 3.8 80 9.2 8.5 16.0 208.6 89.6 14 151 7.61 6.97 8.1 1 2
11 Pat Haden 23 qb 10 7 5-1-1 60 105 57.1% 896 8 7.6 4 3.8 65 8.5 8.3 14.9 89.6 94.8 13 86 6.86 6.69 11.0 2 2
16 Ron Jaworski 25 qb 5 2 2-0-0 20 52 38.5% 273 1 1.9 5 9.6 42 5.3 1.3 13.7 54.6 22.8 5 51 3.89 0.30 8.8 1 1
Team Total 26.0 14 10-3-1 171 315 54.3% 2629 17 5.4 15 4.8 80 8.3 7.3 15.4 187.8 80.2 32 288 6.75 5.78 9.2 4 5
Opp Total 14 199 397 50.1% 2487 11 2.8 32 8.1 6.3 3.19 12.5 177.6 45.6 45 395 4.7 2.0 10.2

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
30 Lawrence McCutcheon* 26 RB 14 14 291 1168 9 40 4.0 83.4 20.8 28 305 10.9 2 42 2.0 21.8 1473 11 10
22 John Cappelletti 24 FB 14 14 177 688 1 38 3.9 49.1 12.6 30 302 10.1 1 32 2.1 21.6 990 2 3
45 Jim Bertelsen 26 14 0 42 155 2 18 3.7 11.1 3.0 6 33 5.5 0 10 0.4 2.4 188 2 3
39 Rod Phillips 24 14 0 34 206 1 33 6.1 14.7 2.4 4 23 5.8 0 15 0.3 1.6 229 1 2
11 Pat Haden 23 qb 10 7 25 84 4 16 3.4 8.4 2.5 84 4 0
32 Cullen Bryant 25 KR/PR 14 0 21 64 2 12 3.0 4.6 1.5 2 28 14.0 0 25 0.1 2.0 92 2 2
12 James Harris 29 QB 7 5 12 76 2 20 6.3 10.9 1.7 76 2 5
81 Ron Jessie* 28 WR 14 14 4 37 0 22 9.3 2.6 0.3 34 779 22.9 6 58 2.4 55.6 816 6 1
16 Ron Jaworski 25 qb 5 2 2 15 1 14 7.5 3.0 0.4 15 1 0
33 Rob Scribner 25 14 0 2 12 1 11 6.0 0.9 0.1 12 1 0
29 Harold Jackson 30 WR 14 14 1 15 0 15 15.0 1.1 0.1 39 751 19.3 5 65 2.8 53.6 766 5 1
84 Tom Geredine 26 10 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.8 0.1 1 23 23.0 1 23 0.1 2.3 31 1 0
20 Steve Preece 29 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
80 Bob Klein 29 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 229 11.5 1 26 1.4 16.4 229 1 0
83 Terry Nelson 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 48 12.0 0 16 0.3 3.4 48 0 0
87 Dwight Scales 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 105 35.0 1 80 0.2 7.5 105 1 1
Team Total 26.0 14 613 2528 23 40 4.1 180.6 43.8 171 2629 15.4 17 80 12.2 187.8 5157 40 29
Opp Total 14 429 1564 11 3.6 111.7 30.6 199 2092 10.5 11 14.2 149.4 3656 22 31

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
32 Cullen Bryant 25 KR/PR 14 0 29 321 0 25 11.1 16 459 1 90 28.7 872
87 Dwight Scales 23 14 0 4 46 0 21 11.5 7 136 0 27 19.4 287
33 Rob Scribner 25 14 0 8 54 0 20 6.8 3 54 0 22 18.0 120
45 Jim Bertelsen 26 14 0 10 55 0 19 5.5 243
84 Tom Geredine 26 10 0 9 181 0 27 20.1 212
27 Pat Thomas 22 14 0 7 140 0 30 20.0 140
88 Freeman Johns 23 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 2 56 0 34 28.0 56
83 Terry Nelson 25 14 0 0 1 0 1 49
Team Total 26.0 14 52 476 0 25 9.2 44 1027 1 90 23.3 6660
Opp Total 14 39 281 0 7.2 70 1383 0 19.8

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
9 Rusty Jackson 26 P 14 0 77 3006 61 2 39.0
10 Tom Dempsey 29 K 14 0 2 2 8 5 5 4 10 6 1 26 17 65.4%% 44 36 81.8%%
Team Total 26.0 14 2 2 8 5 5 4 10 6 1 26 17 65.4%% 44 36 81.8%% 77 3006 61 2 39.0
Opp Total 14 20 12 60.0%% 22 20 90.9%% 95 3914 41.2

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
30 Lawrence McCutcheon* 26 RB 14 14 0 10 2 0 0
28 Monte Jackson*+ 23 RCB 14 14 10 173 3 46 0 0 0 1 6 0
49 Rod Perry 23 LCB 14 14 8 79 0 43 0 0 0 2 25 0
58 Isiah Robertson*+ 27 RLB 14 14 4 28 0 14 0 0 1 2 6 0
12 James Harris 29 QB 7 5 0 5 0 0 0
48 Bill Simpson 25 FS 14 14 4 62 0 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Rod Phillips 24 14 0 0 2 2 2 0
45 Jim Bertelsen 26 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
32 Cullen Bryant 25 KR/PR 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 John Cappelletti 24 FB 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
53 Jim Youngblood 26 LLB 14 11 2 28 0 26 0 0 0 1 2 0
42 Dave Elmendorf 27 SS 14 14 2 0 0 0 0
27 Pat Thomas 22 14 0 0 0 2 3 0
90 Larry Brooks* 26 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 6 0
79 Mike Fanning 23 14 0 0 0 1 3 0
29 Harold Jackson 30 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
81 Ron Jessie* 28 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
52 Rick Kay 27 lb 3 3 1 0 0 0 0
83 Terry Nelson 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Merlin Olsen 36 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
20 Steve Preece 29 14 0 1 6 0 6 0
64 Jack Reynolds 29 MLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
61 Rich Saul* 28 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
87 Dwight Scales 23 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 Rob Scribner 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 John Williams 31 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
85 Jack Youngblood*+ 26 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 1 0
Team Total 26.0 14 32 376 3 46 0 0 29 23 54 0
Opp Total 14 32 31 15 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
10 Tom Dempsey 29 K 14 0 36 17 87
30 Lawrence McCutcheon* 26 RB 14 14 9 2 11 66
81 Ron Jessie* 28 WR 14 14 6 6 36
29 Harold Jackson 30 WR 14 14 5 5 30
11 Pat Haden 23 qb 10 7 4 4 24
32 Cullen Bryant 25 KR/PR 14 0 2 1 3 18
28 Monte Jackson*+ 23 RCB 14 14 3 3 18
45 Jim Bertelsen 26 14 0 2 2 12
22 John Cappelletti 24 FB 14 14 1 1 2 12
12 James Harris 29 QB 7 5 2 2 12
84 Tom Geredine 26 10 0 1 1 6
16 Ron Jaworski 25 qb 5 2 1 1 6
80 Bob Klein 29 TE 14 14 1 1 6
39 Rod Phillips 24 14 0 1 1 6
87 Dwight Scales 23 14 0 1 1 6
33 Rob Scribner 25 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 14 23 17 1 3 44 36 17 351
Opp Total 14 11 11 20 12 1 190

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ ATL W, 30-14 2 19 pass Harold Jackson 19 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
2 1976-09-12 @ ATL W, 30-14 3 1 rush Ron Jaworski 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
3 1976-09-12 @ ATL W, 30-14 4 47 pass Ron Jessie 47 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
4 1976-09-12 @ ATL W, 30-14 4 46 interception Monte Jackson 46 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
5 1976-09-19 @ MIN T, 10-10 4 1 rush Jim Bertelsen 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
6 1976-09-26 NYG W, 24-10 2 10 rush John Cappelletti 10 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
7 1976-09-26 NYG W, 24-10 4 32 pass John Cappelletti 32 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
8 1976-09-26 NYG W, 24-10 4 1 rush Jim Bertelsen 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
9 1976-10-03 @ MIA W, 31-28 3 58 pass Ron Jessie 58 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
10 1976-10-03 @ MIA W, 31-28 3 43 pass Ron Jessie 43 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
11 1976-10-03 @ MIA W, 31-28 4 1 rush James Harris 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
12 1976-10-03 @ MIA W, 31-28 4 9 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 9 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
13 1976-10-17 CHI W, 20-12 1 7 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 7 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
14 1976-10-17 CHI W, 20-12 4 18 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 18 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
15 1976-10-24 @ NOR W, 16-10 2 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
16 1976-10-24 @ NOR W, 16-10 4 40 pass Harold Jackson 40 yard pass from Pat Haden
17 1976-10-31 SEA W, 45-6 1 41 interception Monte Jackson 41 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
18 1976-10-31 SEA W, 45-6 1 6 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 6 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
19 1976-10-31 SEA W, 45-6 1 15 pass Ron Jessie 15 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
20 1976-10-31 SEA W, 45-6 2 20 pass Harold Jackson 20 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
21 1976-10-31 SEA W, 45-6 4 1 rush Rob Scribner 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
22 1976-10-31 SEA W, 45-6 4 23 pass Tom Geredine 23 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
23 1976-11-08 @ CIN L, 12-20 4 17 pass Ron Jessie 17 yard pass from James Harris
24 1976-11-14 STL L, 28-30 1 4 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 4 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
25 1976-11-14 STL L, 28-30 2 65 pass Harold Jackson 65 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
26 1976-11-14 STL L, 28-30 3 90 kickoff Cullen Bryant 90 yard kickoff return (Tom Dempsey kick)
27 1976-11-14 STL L, 28-30 4 5 rush Pat Haden 5 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
28 1976-11-21 @ SFO W, 23-3 2 49 pass Ron Jessie 49 yard pass from Pat Haden
29 1976-11-21 @ SFO W, 23-3 3 1 rush Pat Haden 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
30 1976-11-21 @ SFO W, 23-3 3 41 interception Monte Jackson 41 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
31 1976-11-28 NOR W, 33-14 2 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush
32 1976-11-28 NOR W, 33-14 2 2 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 2 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
33 1976-11-28 NOR W, 33-14 2 4 pass Bob Klein 4 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
34 1976-11-28 NOR W, 33-14 4 7 rush Pat Haden 7 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
35 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 1 4 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 4 yard rush
36 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 2 1 rush Pat Haden 1 yard rush
37 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 2 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush
38 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 3 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
39 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 3 9 rush Rod Phillips 9 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
40 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 4 2 rush James Harris 2 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
41 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 4 80 pass Dwight Scales 80 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
42 1976-12-04 ATL W, 59-0 4 3 rush Cullen Bryant 3 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
43 1976-12-11 @ DET W, 20-17 3 27 pass Harold Jackson 27 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
44 1976-12-11 @ DET W, 20-17 3 3 rush Cullen Bryant 3 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ ATL L, 14-30 2 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1976-09-12 @ ATL L, 14-30 4 50 pass Bubba Bean 50 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1976-09-19 @ MIN T, 10-10 4 56 pass Sammy White 56 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
4 1976-09-26 NYG L, 10-24 1 14 pass Bob Tucker 14 yard pass from Craig Morton (Joe Danelo kick)
5 1976-10-03 @ MIA L, 28-31 1 2 rush Benny Malone 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1976-10-03 @ MIA L, 28-31 2 28 rush Norm Bulaich 28 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1976-10-03 @ MIA L, 28-31 3 1 rush Stan Winfrey 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1976-10-03 @ MIA L, 28-31 4 47 pass Nat Moore 47 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1976-10-11 SFO W, 16-0 3 36 pass Willie McGee 36 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1976-10-11 SFO W, 16-0 3 6 pass Tom Mitchell 6 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (run failed)
11 1976-10-17 CHI L, 12-20 3 17 rush Walter Payton 17 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
12 1976-10-24 @ NOR L, 10-16 3 28 pass Tony Galbreath 28 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Rich Szaro kick)
13 1976-11-08 @ CIN W, 20-12 3 9 rush Boobie Clark 9 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
14 1976-11-08 @ CIN W, 20-12 3 30 pass Bob Trumpy 30 yard pass from Ken Anderson
15 1976-11-08 @ CIN W, 20-12 3 17 pass Boobie Clark 17 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
16 1976-11-14 STL W, 30-28 3 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1976-11-14 STL W, 30-28 3 2 rush Terry Metcalf 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1976-11-14 STL W, 30-28 4 25 pass J.V. Cain 25 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1976-11-28 NOR L, 14-33 1 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
20 1976-11-28 NOR L, 14-33 3 2 rush Chuck Muncie 2 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
21 1976-12-11 @ DET L, 17-20 1 4 rush Joe Reed 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
22 1976-12-11 @ DET L, 17-20 2 9 pass Charlie Sanders 9 yard pass from Joe Reed (Benny Ricardo kick)