Wendell Tyler ran 69 yards for one touchdown and scored from a yard out with 9:59 remaining today to help the Los Angeles Rams to a 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Frank Corral kicked field goals of 42 and 31 yards following Tyler's one-yard score to help the Rams improve to 5-4.

Tyler's second touchdown atoned for his fumble on the Detroit two on the Rams' previous possession. When the Rams took over again, reserve quarterback Jeff Rutledge completed a 64-yard pass to Preston Dennard to put the ball at the Lions' three.

From there, it took Tyler, who had injured his knee on the game's fourth play, three tries before he finally dove over the left side for the final yard to tie the game. Corral's 76th consecutive extra point put the Rams ahead, 14-13.

After LeRoy Irvin's second interception of the game, Los Angeles moved into position for Corral's 42-yard field goal with 5:54 left. Corral connected again from 31 yards out with 1:49 left.

Tyler, whose 69-yard scoring jaunt came only 3:01 into the game, finished with 136 yards in 16 carries.

Detroit, held scoreless in the second half after going out to an early 13-7 lead, lost for the first time since Eric Hipple took over as the starting quarterback three games ago. The Lions are 4-5 and fell into third place in the NFC Central.

By winning, the Rams remained in a second-place tie with Atlanta in the NFC West, two games behind league-leading San Francisco.

Rutledge took over midway through the second quarter from Ram starter Pat Haden, and completed nine of 12 passes for 145 yards before dislocating his right thumb late in the game. Dan Pastorini finished the game for the Rams.

Before leaving the game, Haden completed five of 11 passes for 41 yards with one interception.