Ron Brown of the Los Angeles Rams showed the Green Bay Packers why he's an Olympic sprinter, scoring twice on kickoff returns and catching a touchdown pass in a 34-17 victory today. "This is a day to remember," he said.
"Obviously, we made some mistakes," Coach Forrest Gregg of the Packers said, "and it was the difference.
The Rams (9-3) had lost two straight but now lead the NFC West by 2 1/2 games over the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers' hopes for a wild-card playoff spot dimmed. They're 5-7 after losing for the first time in their last three games.
Brown ran 98 yards for a touchdown with the game's opening kickoff, then ran another kickoff back 86 yards in the second quarter to give Los Angeles a 14-7 lead.
Only two other players in NFL history have run back two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game. Timmy Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles did it in 1966, and Travis Williams of the Packers in 1967.
In the second half -- the Packers kicked the ball away from him that half -- he ran down the middle and caught Dieter Brock's 39-yard pass for a 28-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Brown, a second-year pro who was on the United States' gold medal-winning 400-meter relay team in the 1984 Olympics, caught five passes for 87 yards.