ANAHEIM, CALIF., OCT. 21 -- Jim Everett threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns today to give the Los Angeles Rams their first victory in more than a month, a 44-24 romp over the Atlanta Falcons.
Each team is 2-4.
The Rams began today as they had in losing to the Bengals and the Bears; they fell behind early, 10-0, in the first quarter.
But the Rams scored the next eight times they had the ball.
Working against the NFL's worst pass defense, Everett completed 24 of 38 and was not intercepted.
The Falcons' Chris Miller, although he was throwing against the league's next-to-last ranked pass defense, completed 14 of 24 for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He also was not intercepted.
Balancing the Rams' offense, Cleveland Gary ran 102 yards on 19 carries and scored on runs from the 23 and 1.
The Falcons were plagued by mistakes, including 10 penalties for 93 yards.
Gary's 23-yard run made it 10-7 early in the second quarter, then Mike Lansford kicked a 46-yard field goal to tie the game.
A one-yard touchdown pass from Everett to Damone Johnson, on fourth and goal, put the Rams ahead to stay. Lansford added a 24-yard field goal as the half ended.
The Rams' second-half scoring came on a 35-yard pass from Everett to Henry Ellard; a 37-yard throw to Flipper Anderson; Gary's one-yard run; and Lansford's 32-yard field goal.
The Falcons took their short-lived lead on a 41-yard field goal by Greg Davis and a five-yard pass from Miller to Floyd Dixon.
Ellard became the Rams' all-time leading receiver, with six receptions for 109 yards. That gave him 6,311 for his career, bettering Elroy Hirsch's club record of 6,289.