ANAHEIM, CALIF., NOV. 11 -- Of the two droughts that nagged at the New York Giants this week, only Lawrence Taylor's sack slump remains. The other, a painful losing streak to the Los Angeles Rams, is no more.

It has been six games since Taylor last dropped a quarterback. New York hadn't beaten the Rams since 1985 -- until today. And, with Taylor somewhat neutralized, it was some of the other prominent, and not so prominent, Giants who made sure three straight losses to the Rams didn't become four.

Before 64,632 at Anaheim Stadium, where the on-field temperature at game time was 92 degrees, the Giants scored three second-half touchdowns to rout the Rams, 31-7, and at 9-0 stay tied with San Francisco for the overall NFC lead. The 49ers won in Dallas tonight, 24-6.

With Phil Simms completing 19 of 26 passes for 213 yards, Ottis Anderson rushing for 60 yards and setting up two touchdowns, Sean Landeta landing four punts inside the Los Angeles 20 and reserve linebacker Gary Reasons making two interceptions, New York had plenty of heroes.

"It was just time" to beat the Rams, said Taylor, who had four tackles and an assist, but again no sacks. "They beat us for a while and they pretty much embarrassed us last year. It was time for us to pay them back."

The result was decidedly different than last year's divisional playoff between the teams, won in overtime by visiting Los Angeles, 19-13, on a Jim Everett-to-Flipper Anderson pass.

But not all of the Giants were ready to label this a payback victory.

"If it was the 15th game of the season going into the 16th, I'd have a definite statement for you," said linebacker Pepper Johnson. "A lot of guys had the revenge factor on their minds. Myself, I was just thinking that was last year's {Rams} team."

The distinction can be made fairly easily. The Rams of 1990, now 3-6, seem to be struggling constantly, on offense and defense, trying to figure out what happened to their Super Bowl aspirations.

Having cut the Giants' lead to 10-7 with a three-yard touchdown run by Cleveland Gary early in the third quarter, the Rams seemed ready to get back in the game after wasting a few first-half opportunities.

Then Simms directed a nine-play, 83-yard drive that resulted in New York's second touchdown, on a 19-yard run by Rodney Hampton with 7:46 left in the third to make it 17-7.

"Their offense is very explosive, and we probably played as well as we have played all year," said Giants Coach Bill Parcells. "Obviously, Hampton's touchdown was important because their crowd was getting excited and it stopped their momentum."

New York added to its lead early in the fourth, using a 22-yard punt return by spark plug Dave Meggett to start a drive at the Los Angeles 30. The Giants then needed only six plays to make it 24-7, with Anderson running the ball on five of them.

Anderson struggled to 13 yards on seven carries in the first half, but had runs of 9, 4, 4 and 7 yards before his three-yard touchdown sweep with 13:25 remaining gave New York a 17-point advantage.

The first of Reasons's two fourth-quarter interceptions came on the first play after the ensuing kickoff, with Everett trying to find tight end Pete Holohan. That one ended any hopes the Rams had of rallying.

"We couldn't compete with the efficiency of their play," said Los Angeles Coach John Robinson. "Their defense is outstanding and their pass coverage has become the leading thing with that team.

" . . . It was a question of playing a team that is playing superior football."

Although the Giants failed to convert on that turnover, Reasons's second interception, this time off Holohan's fingertips, set up Lewis Tillman's one-yard touchdown run with 2:22 remaining.

"Their scheme on offense is very good," said a somewhat envious Everett, who completed 17 of 36 passes for 186 yards but was intercepted three times.

"Phil Simms is the best {quarterback} in the league right now. They are making the plays, and mixing the pass and the run well."

Simms, the NFL's top-rated quarterback, rarely made a mistake. His nine-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bavaro gave the Giants a 10-0 halftime lead.

The Giants took an early lead on Matt Bahr's 44-yard field goal, made possible by Simms's first of two significant completions in the first half, a 35-yard gainer to Troy Kyles on a crossing pattern out of a shotgun formation.

New York's interception leader, Everson Walls, made his fifth of the season on the last play of the half. Everett's target was former Howard University star Derrick Faison. The ball bounced off Faison's fingertips in the end zone to Walls.

The Rams' other Washington-area player, veteran outside linebacker Mike Wilcher, suffered a mild concussion in the first quarter and did not return.

About the only positive note for the Rams was the debut of running back Marcus Dupree, who was away from football for five years after suffering a devastating knee injury in 1985 playing in the USFL.

Dupree wasn't used until the Rams' last series but gained 22 yards on four carries, including consecutive runs of seven and 10 yards.

"I was here and prepared to play if Coach Robinson needed me," Dupree said. "I was kind of stiff not being in the game the whole time, but the more I carried the ball, the looser I got. It felt pretty good to be playing, and I hope to be playing more."