ANAHEIM, CALIF., OCT. 7 -- Boomer Esiason threw for 471 yards as the Cincinnati Bengals blew a 21-0 lead, then overcame the Los Angeles Rams, 34-31, today on Jim Breech's 44-yard field goal with 3:04 left in overtime.

Breech's kick came at the end of a 63-yard, eight-play drive that capped a passing duel between Esiason and Jim Everett. They combined for more than 800 yards.

Esiason started the winning drive from his 12 with a 22-yard pass to Harold Green. He hit Tim McGee for 27 to put the ball at the Rams 41. From there, he hit James Brooks for nine yards and the Bengals played it safe, setting up Breech, who earlier hit from 40.

Mike Lansford's 40-yard field goal with 1:36 left tied the game at 31. After Cincinnati's early domination, it turned into a shootout between the Esiason, who threw for 471 yards and three touchdowns, and Everett, who had 372 yards and two TD passes.

Playing without Eddie Brown, their top receiver, the Bengals (4-1) got 100-yard receiving days from Rodney Holman (10 for 161 yards); Tim McGee (eight for 142) and Brooks (seven for 109.) Flipper Anderson and Henry Ellard had more than 100 yards receiving apiece for the Rams (1-3).

In overtime, the game turned when the Rams decided to punt rather than go for a fourth-and-2 at the Bengals' 48.

"If you don't make it, you're just about conceding the game," said Rams Coach John Robinson. "All they needed {from there} were one or two first downs. We wanted to pin them deep. It just didn't work out."