Capitalizing on a turnover by Los Angeles rookie back Eric Dickerson, Jan Stenerud kicked a 36-yard field goal with one second to play today to give the Green Bay Packers a 27-24 victory over the Rams.
"I'd rather have a 50-0 game," Stenerud said. "It looked like the game was going into overtime and I was preparing for that. When I got my chance, I just thought about making a proper swing at the ball."
Dickerson, the second player selected in the draft, fumbled with 29 seconds left as the Rams (2-1) were running out the clock and preparing for an overtime. Byron Braggs recovered for the Packers (2-1) at the Rams' 19 and, after a quarterback sneak by Lynn Dickey, Stenerud kicked his second field goal of the game.
"When I crossed my feet I slipped and lost control of the ball," said Dickerson, who fumbled without being hit. "When something like that happens you've got to put the blame on yourself. There are no scapegoats."
The Rams turned the game around on the first series of the second half, as Vince Ferragamo passed to Mike Guman for 60 yards to the Packers' 20. Guman got past defender Johnnie Gray and Mark Lee finally made the tackle.
Two plays later, Ferragamo threw to Otis Grant for a 23-yard score that made it 17-10 with only 1:49 gone in the half.
Tim Lewis fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Rams the ball at Green Bay's 22. With the help of a 17-yard run by Dickerson, the Rams scored in five plays, on Dickerson's three-yard run. Then George Andrews intercepted Dickey and returned it 22 yards to Green Bay's eight to set up Ferragamo's pass to George Farmer for eight yards and a 24-17 lead only 6:06 into the second quarter.
The Packers made it 24-23 on Eddie Lee Ivery's four-yard run, his second touchdown of the game. Stenerud's extra point was tipped by Jack Youngblood, hit the crossbar and dropped over to tie the score with 11:10 left.
Ivery's touchdown was the Packers' first by rushing this season.