Dieter Brock threw four touchdown passes and Eric Dickerson ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns today to give the Los Angeles Rams a division title-clinching 46-14 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"We're the Western Division champs and we deserve it," Coach John Robinson said. "I think the 49er game (the Rams won, 27-20, last Monday) got the monkey off our back. And we won the division championship over the world champions, the 49ers. Chicago is the best team in the league right now, but whoever is 11-4 deserves to be called second best."
Brock said, "We have struggled offensively but this was our best offensive game of the year. It was our best team effort and we played about as well as we can play."
The Rams, who as Robinson indicated are 11-4, hadn't won the NFC West since 1979. They broke the game open with a 36-point first half, during which Dickerson rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of one and two yards.
Brock threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Ron Brown, 47 yards to Tony Hunter, and 43 yards to Henry Ellard as the Rams' first-half outbreak topped their previous high production (35 points) for an entire game this season.
Dickerson carried only twice in the second half, when the Cardinals, 5-10 and last in the NFC East, yielded another touchdown pass by Brock, three yards to Hunter. That made it 43-7 by midway of the third quarter.