Mick Luckhurst kicked a 37-yard field goal with no time remaining today to give the Atlanta Falcons a 30-28 victory over Los Angeles, ending a 16-year winless streak on the Rams' home turf. They were 0-14-2 during that span.
The Falcons drove 66 yards in 12 plays to set up Luckhurst's third field goal of the game. Lynn Cain, replacing the injured Gerald Riggs, scored three touchdowns for Atlanta on runs of 31, one and nine yards.
Luckhurst had a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter for a personal best that tied Nick Mike-Mayer's Falcons record. He added a 51-yarder with 4:43 gone in the fourth period to give Atlanta a 27-21 lead.
But the Rams used Eric Dickerson's 47-yard touchdown run to regain the lead by one point with 7:34 remaining. Dickerson broke three tackles on the play. The Rams' leading rusher also had scored on a two-yard run early in the third period after Atlanta led at the half, 10-7.
"In the second half, it was 'We scored, they scored,' and they had the last score," said Rams Coach John Robinson.
Cain gained 145 yards in 35 carries. Riggs, the NFL's second-leading rusher going into the game, did not play because of an ankle injury. Dickerson was held to only 32 yards in 10 carries in the first half. He finished with 107 yards in 19 tries.
Both teams are 3-3.
Rams quarterback Jeff Kemp, who completed 11 of 19 passes for 168 yards, left the game in the second quarter briefly after suffering a concussion. After his replacement, Steve Dils, guided the Rams to two touchdowns, Kemp returned to hit wide receiver Drew Hill on a 63-yard touchdown pass that put the Rams ahead, 21-17, with 5:06 left in the third quarter.
Dickerson's first touchdown, which came with 6:01 left in the third quarter, gave the Rams their first lead of the game, 14-10.
Dickerson set up that score when he recovered a fumble by teammate Wayne Crutchfield after it bounced off an Atlanta player and he raced 15 yards to the Atlanta three.