Eddie Lee Ivery, making his first start in more than a year, ran for three touchdowns and Tim Lewis ran back an interception 99 yards for another score to power the Green Bay Packers to a 31-6 rout of the Los Angeles Rams today.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Packers (5-7) and kept them three games behind the Chicago Bears in the NFC Central with four games left. The Rams, with hopes of a wild-card playoff spot beginning to fade, fell to 7-5 in the NFC West.
With a season-ending injury to Jessie Clark, Ivery moved into the starting backfield against the Rams. He carried 15 times for 77 yards, including two touchdown runs of one yard and another from two yards.
Lewis' touchdown, a Packer record for longest interception return, came with 5:24 left. His sixth interception of the season gave Green Bay a 31-6 advantage.
Green Bay's other score came on Al Del Greco's 21-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Green Bay quarterback Lynn Dickey completed 15 of 27 passes for 194 yards. James Lofton caught six of those passes for 129 yards, the sixth time this season he has gone over 100 receiving yards.
Jeff Kemp completed 14 of 32 passes for 118 yards and had two passes intercepted. Eric Dickerson rushed 25 times for 132 yards for the Rams.
"The Packers have a good defense," said Dickerson, whose longest run was 10 yards. "But it's not the best we've faced, by no means. The runs were there, but they were called back."
Los Angeles was penalized 13 times for 109 yards, including 10 for 84 in the first half.