Nolan Cromwell forced a fumble and intercepted a pass to set up two of Elvis Peacock's three short touchdown runs that led the Los Angeles Rams to a 28-7 victory over the New York Giants today.
Peacock, who gained 85 yards on 19 carries, scored twice from the one-yard line and once from the four. Vince Ferragamo passed 14 yards to tight end Walt Arnold for another touchdown as the Rams evened their record at 2-2 and dropped the Giants to 1-3.
Ferragamo riddled the Giants for 14 completions in 18 attempts for 215 yards.
Cromwell cut down tight end Gary Shirk, forcing the ball loose, and cornerback Pat Thomas recovered the fumble on New York's third play of the game. That set up a nine-play, 34-yard drive that was capped by Peacock's one-yard sweep at 5:48 of the first quarter.
Less than five minutes later, Cromwell intercepted Phil Simms' pass and returned it 17 yards to the Ram 34. Seven plays and one penalty later, Peacock scored again from the one. Rookie cornerback Mark Haynes was called for pass interference on Ram Billy Waddy in the end zone, putting the ball on the one.
A 20-yard pass from Ferragamo to Waddy early in the second period was one of three key passes in a 78-yard, nine-play drive that made it 21-0. Ferragamo hit Arnold, uncovered over the middle, and the receiver trotted the final five yards for the score.
Peacock scored his third touchdown just 2:46 into the third period, one play after Ferragamo and Drew Hill teamed up on a 60-yard pass play to the Giant four-yard line, Haynes being victimized on the play.
The Giants, who have scored just 10 points the past two games and have not beaten the Rams at home since 1961, scored on the game's final play, a 19-yard pass from reserve quarterback Scott Brunner to Johnny Perkins.