Los Angeles Rams: Top-10 Games of the Decade

by Blaine Grisak
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Social-distancing is officially a thing, meaning here’s a good chance many Rams fans are going crazy and looking for something to do. Sports are canceled and with the Coronavirus taking over, people are looking for things to do, specifically when it comes to sports. The NBA, NHL, and MLB all postponed their seasons while the NCAA canceled all postseason events.

Due to all the craziness and to hopefully alleviate some people of boredom, NFL.com has temporarily made NFL Gamepass free. With Gamepass you have your choice among the full broadcast, the 40-minute condensed version and the Coaches Film showing all 22 players on the field.

With Gamepass being free, now is as good of a time as any to pop in some old classics. I went back over the last 10 years of Rams football and chose my ‘must-watch’ games.

We hope everyone is staying healthy. Here are my top-10 Rams games of the last decade.

Honorable Mention: Rams @ 49ers (September 21, 2017)

It’s hard to fit this game in, but dang, if there is one game to watch this is it. The Rams came in at 1-1 while the 49ers were starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback and were 0-2. Many expected the Rams to blow the 49ers out, but that would not be the case. This ended up being a back-and-forth affair decided on the final possession.

This was the first game between Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay as a sign of what was to come between the two great play-callers. Gurley scored two touchdowns and Jared Goff was flawless. Unfortunately, the defense was unable to get stops late in the game.

The Rams took a 34-20 lead into the fourth quarter, but he 49ers stormed back and came a two-point conversion away from tying the game and then had a chance after Raheem Mostert recovered an onside kick.

10) Rams @ Colts (November 10, 2013)

The Rams win this game 38-8, but offensively, it might be one of the most electric in the Jeff Fisher era. Tavon Austin had two catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown.

This game alone may have been the reason for the Austin contract extension.

While the Rams led throughout, the lead never felt safe with Andrew Luck on the other side. Thankfully the Rams kept the foot on the gas and would go on to win by 30. This isn’t the closest game, but if you were a fan of Austin, this was a fun game to watch.

9) Rams @ Titans (December 24, 2017)

The Rams hadn’t been to the playoffs in 12 years. Finally, they had a chance to clinch a spot with a win against the Tennessee Titans. However, that win would not come easy. The Titans were fighting for a playoff spot themselves and would not go down without a fight.

Much closer than many thought, the game was tied at halftime at 13. This was an offense that fans were used to scoring 30+, but heading into the fourth quarter, the Rams trailed 23-20 after back-to-back scoring drives by the Titans.

The memorable play in this game was an 80-yard screen that Todd Gurley took for a touchdown in the first half to put the Rams ahead, but late in the game, it was Cooper Kupp who caught the game-winner to silence the doubters on his late-game performances.

With the win, the Rams clinched the NFC West and earned a playoff spot.

8) Rams vs Seahawks (October 19, 2014)

It was another year without Sam Bradford after he tore his ACL in the preseason against the Cleveland Browns. Austin Davis was named the starter and while he got his first win against the Buccaneers, it wasn’t until a few weeks later that he would have his coming out party.

This game would have it all. Jeff Fisher going up against the Seahawks was always good, but this one was especially exciting.

The Rams got up early and grabbed an early lead after a Davis touchdown pass to Benny Cunningham and a trick play to Stedman Bailey on a punt return that went the distance. The Seahawks stormed back with Russell Wilson to come within two after a missed two-point conversion, but the Rams clinched the game with a Johnny Hekker fake punt.

7) Rams @ Bills (December 9, 2012)

It wasn’t his flashiest game as Bradford only threw for 209 yards, but this might be my favorite Sam Bradford game. The Rams offense struggled throughout, going scoreless into the half. Finally an 11-play, 65-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter, but the Rams ahead, 7-6. The Bills came right back with a 75-yard drive of their own to re-take the lead.

Three punts later, the Rams had the ball at their own 16-yard line with less than five minutes to play. Bradford led the offense 14 plays down the field that included an incredible 4th-and-1 grab by Austin Pettis. Bradford capped the drive off with a touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson and then hit Chris Givens for the two-point conversion.

6) Rams vs Vikings (Septmeber 27, 2018)

This might be Jared Goff’s best game as a pro. After losing to the Vikings the year before, the Rams came ready to play this one on Thursday Night Football. Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns as he out-dueled Kirk Cousins in Prime Time.

5) Rams at Seahawks (October 7, 2018)

This game was played one week later and was a classic shootout of two teams going back-and-forth down the field. Goff wasn’t near as sharp but Gurley made up for it with three touchdowns and the Rams quarterback came up big when the team needed him most.

Trailing 31-24 heading into the fourth quarter, Gurley scored to seemingly tie the game, but a missed extra point would say otherwise. Goff then led the Rams 61 yards in the most hostile environment in the league to secure the game-winning field goal.

4) Rams vs Seahawks (September 12, 2016)

A second-straight Seahawks game and the third in this series. Rams-Seahawks over the past 10 years have been instant classics for the most part and this one would be no different. On top of being a classic, it was the first game back in Los Angeles.

Neither team scored a touchdown, but this was a defensive battle from the get-go. The Rams kicked field goals on their first and last possessions of the opening half and again on the last drive of the third quarter to take a 9-3 lead.

The Seahawks attempted to score the game-winning touchdown late, but Alec Ogletree stripped Christine Michael to seal the win.

3) Rams vs 49ers (December 2, 2012)

The Rams had lost 11 of the last 12 meetings against the 49ers and had been so close just three weeks earlier, settling for a tie. The 49ers dominated most of the game, taking a 10-2 lead with the Rams’ only points coming on a safety. The Rams had a plethora of missed opportunities that made the game frustrating to watch live.

However, late in the fourth quarter, the defense made a play. Janoris Jenkins took a backward pass by Colin Kaepernick for a touchdown and the Rams converted the two-point conversion to tie the game. The Rams never led in regulation and Greg Zuerlein sent the game to overtime on a 53-yard field goal as time expired.

What looked like a second tie between the two teams in the same season after a missed 49ers field goal, turned into a Rams win after Greg Zuerlein hit from 54 to win the game.

2) Rams vs Cheifs (November 19, 2018)

This game had it all. Points, points, and more points. Turnovers and defensive touchdowns. Two young quarterbacks going at it. It had everything and it broke records.

Both quarterbacks threw for 400 yards and combined for 10 touchdown passes. Goff was just slightly better with no interceptions to Mahomes’ three.

The Rams took a 13-0 lead, but the Chiefs came back to go up 17-16 before Samson Ebukam recovered a fumble and took it to the house as the Rams re-took the lead. The two sides went into the half tied at 23.

A pick-six by Ebukam put the Rams up 40-30 heading into the final quarter. The Chiefs came back and a third-defensive touchdown put Kansas City up 44-40, but Jared Goff responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive as he hit Gerald Everett in the end zone for a touchdown. A second 75-yard touchdown drive while trailing 50-47, capped off by a second Everett touchdown, this one in-stride down the right sideline gave the Rams a 54-50 lead. LaMarcus Joyner ended the thriller of a game with an interception.

1) Rams at Saints (January 20, 2019)

While the last game could certainly be number one, it doesn’t get much better than winning on the road to go to the Super Bowl.

The Rams trailed 13-0 in this game, but a late touchdown drive highlighted by a deep connection from Goff to Brandin Cooks had the Rams down 13-10 at the half.

The Saints remained in the lead late until a 90-yard drive in a hostile environment orchestrated by Goff, ended in a field goal to tie the game for the first time since 0-0. The Saints had a chance to put the game away, but poor clock management by Sean Payton as well as the infamous missed pass interference call prematurely ended the drive with a field goal and with plenty of time on the clock for the Rams to tie.

Goff did just that as Zuerlein hit a 48-yard field goal to tie the game.

Drew Brees would throw an interception on the first drive in overtime and the Rams offense took advantage. Goff completed two passes to Tyler Higbee to move the offense into field goal range and Zuerlein hit a 57-yard field goal to send the Rams to the Super Bowl.


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