Quarterback Pat Haden, booed frequently in the past, completed his first seven passes today to start the Los Angeles Rams toward a 27-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Trailing, 3-0 after Dave Jacobs' 35-yard field goal, the Rams came back as Haden gained 53 yards on four completions with Wendell Tyler running the final two yards for the first touchdown. That put Los Angeles ahead to stay before the Anaheim Stadium crowd of 63,924.
The second Los Angeles score came on a one-yard pass from Haden to Tyler early in the second quarter.
Tyler left late in the third quarter with a slight hamstring pull. He rushed 12 times for 29 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards.
It was the third victory in a row for the Rams (3-2) and ended a two-game win streak for the Browns (2-3).
Haden, pressured when the Rams signed veteran quarterback Dan Pastorini on Sept. 25, was in control throughout Los Angeles' 24-7 victory over Chicago last Monday night and again today.
Cleveland cut its deficit to 14-10 on a one-yard plunge by Mike Pruitt in the third quarter after two passes by quarterback Brian Sipe were completed into the end zone but nullified by penalties.
Mike Guman scored the third Los Angeles touchdown on a four-yard run early in the fourth quarter after LeRoy Irvin intercepted Sipe.