Eric Dickerson ran for an 208 yards, Mike Lansford kicked three field goals and the Los Angeles defense set up two second-half scores to pace the Rams to a 16-13 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals today.
The Cardinals moved to the Los Angeles 32-yard line with 10 seconds remaining but Neil O'Donoghue's 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked by defensive end Jack Youngblood to end the game.
Both teams are 6-4; the Cardinals had won their previous four.
Los Angeles trailed, 13-3, at halftime. But the Rams twice sacked Neil Lomax, forcing fumbles that set up Lansford's tying and winning field goals. The Rams intercepted Lomax twice and held Ottis Anderson to just 33 yards in 16 rushes.
Lomax completed 34 of 52 passes for 349 yards; the Rams' Jeff Kemp completed five of 14 for 90 yards.
Kemp's second completion didn't come until early in the third quarter, but it was a 52-yard touchdown to Ron Brown, cutting the St. Louis lead to 13-10.
Los Angeles tied at 13 going into the final quarter on a 27-yard kick by Lansford. The drive started at the St. Louis 49 after Youngblood's sack and Reggie Doss' fumble recovery. The Rams took their first lead, 16-13, on Lansford's 32-yarder with 8:58 left in the game, set up by Greg Meisner's fumble recovery at the St. Louis 45.
Dickerson had 152 yards in 13 carries in the first half, but Los Angeles totaled 134 yards offense because Kemp was sacked three times.
On the second play of the game, Dickerson ran 49 yards, but Los Angeles had to settle for Lansford's 33-yard field goal.
O'Donoghue tied it at 3-3 with a 49-yarder in the first quarter. St. Louis took a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter when Lomax threw a 53-yard scoring pass to Roy Green.
O'Donoghue kicked a 43-yarder with 1:47 left in the half for a 13-3 lead.