Eric Dickerson rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns today, igniting a fourth-quarter comeback that carried the Los Angeles Rams over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-33.
Dickerson, bringing his league-leading rushing total to 1,632 yards, broke a 51-yard run to launch a four-play, 66-yard drive that pulled the Rams (8-5, chasing an NFC playoff wild card) within 26-24. He ran 33 yards for the touchdown that gave Los Angeles a 31-26 lead with 10:18 remaining.
Dickerson was limited to 49 yards on 10 tries in the first half. Said Coach John McKay of Tampa Bay (4-9): "That's the history of this team. We can contain anybody for a little while."
"Our game plan is to wear a defense down, so that by halftime we've beat up on them pretty good," said Dickerson, who has a shot at O.J. Simpson's single-season NFL record 2,003 yards rushing. "Then by the third and fourth quarter, we've got the game under control."
The one-point final difference was traceable to Gary Jeter's block of Obed Ariri's extra point after a holding penalty nullified a successful conversion on the Buccaneers' first-quarter touchdown.