1989 Los Angeles Rams season

1989 Los Angeles Rams season

1989 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach John Robinson
Owner Georgia Frontiere
Home field Anaheim Stadium
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card
Won Divisional
Lost Conference
Previous season Next season
< 1988 1990 >

The St. Louis, sold many top players, and they were only stopped by a powerful 49ers team from reaching the Super Bowl.


  • Offseason 1
    • NFL Draft 1.1
  • Regular season 2
    • Schedule 2.1
    • Standings 2.2
  • Playoffs 3
    • NFC Wild Card Game 3.1
    • NFC Divisional Playoff 3.2
    • NFC Championship Game 3.3
  • Awards and records 4
    • Milestones 4.1
  • See also 5
    • Other Anaheim–based teams in 1989 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7


NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season

In week 16, Jerry Gray returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown. The victory over the New England Patriots clinched a playoff berth for the Rams.


Game Date Opponent Result Rams points Opponents Summary Record Attendance
1 Sept. 10 at Atlanta Falcons Win 31 21 Falcons rookie Deion Sanders gave the home crowd an early lift with a punt return TD (despite fumbling the ball twice), but Rams pulled away in the second half behind 128 yards rushing and two TD's by Greg Bell. Kevin Greene had three sacks. 1–0
2 Sept. 17 Indianapolis Colts Win 31 17 Jim Everett and Henry Ellard hooked up for three scores as the Rams had another strong second half. 2–0
3 Sept. 24 Green Bay Packers Win 41 38 Rams rolled to a 38–7 halftime lead behind Bell's 221 rushing yards and 2 TD's and 2 more TD passes by Everett, but barely held off a furious comeback from the Packers behind Don Majkowski 3–0
4 Oct. 1 at San Francisco 49ers Win 13 12 Rams got early NFC West bragging rights in a tough road win. Everett hit Willie Anderson on a 65-yard TD bomb for the game's only TD. 4–0
5 Oct. 8 Atlanta Falcons Win 26 14 Everett passed for two TD's and Mike Lansford booted four field goals. 5–0
6 Oct. 16 at Buffalo Bills Loss 20 23 In a wild Monday night affair, Frank Reich, subbing for an injured Jim Kelly, tossed a pair of 4th quarter TD passes including the game winner to Andre Reed. 5–1
7 Oct. 22 New Orleans Saints Loss 21 40 A 2–4 Saints team blew out the Rams on their home turf behind 3 TD passes by Bobby Hebert. Saints local product Dalton Hilliard from LSU had 3 TD's, two rushing and one receiving. 5–2
8 Oct. 29 at Chicago Bears Loss 10 20 Rams lost their third straight in the cold of Chicago as the Bear defense held Everett to 13 of 35 passing and intercepted him twice. 5–3
9 Nov. 5 at Minnesota Vikings Loss 21 23 In a highly unusual OT loss, the Rams kept the Vikings out of the end zone, but Vikings kicker Rich Karlis booted seven FG's. The winning score came when LB Mike Merriweather blocked a Dale Hatcher punt out of the end zone for a safety. The Vikings became the first NFL team ever to win in sudden death OT on a safety. 5–4
10 Nov. 12 New York Giants Win 31 10 Rams got back to their winning ways behind two Everett TD passes and two Bell TD runs. 6–4
11 Nov. 19 Phoenix Cardinals Win 37 14 Rams rolled to a 24–0 halftime lead and cruised behind two more TD passes from Everett. Robert Delpino had a 32-yd TD run as well. 7–4
12 Nov. 26 at New Orleans Saints Win 20 17 Saints were in control at the Superdome, leading 17–3 after 3. Everett, however, led the Rams back behind 454 passing yards, a record 336 of them receiving on 15 catches in a monster performance by Willie Anderson. 8–4
13 Dec. 3 at Dallas Cowboys Win 35 31 Everett outdueled Dallas rookie Troy Aikman in a spirited performance by the 1–11 Cowboys. Both QB's had 4 TD's passing. 9–4
14 Dec. 11 San Francisco 49ers Loss 27 30 For all the world, it appeared the Rams were in control of this one. However, in a classic MNF performance, Joe Montana had other ideas. Montana tossed three TD's, two of them for over 90 yards to John Taylor. The second to Taylor came in the 4th quarter, two plays after the Rams fumbled inside the 49er 1 that, if scored, would have extended their lead to 34–17. Instead, the lead was cut to 27–23 and the 49ers capped their amazing comeback a Roger Craig TD run. 9–5
15 Dec. 17 New York Jets Win 38 14 Back at home, the Rams took out their frustrations on the Jets by rolling to a 28–7 halftime lead and cruising behind two passing TD's from Everett and two rushing from Bell. 10–5
16 Dec. 24 at New England Patriots Win 24 20 Bell ran for 210 yards and the winning score in the 4th as the Rams clinched a wild-card berth. 11–5


NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 442 253 W5
(5) Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 426 344 W2
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 386 301 W3
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 279 437 L7


NFC Wild Card Game

NFC Divisional Playoff

The Rams upset the Giants with quarterback Jim Everett's 30-yard touchdown pass to Flipper Anderson with 1:06 gone in overtime. New York jumped to a 6–0 lead in the first quarter with two field goals by kicker Raul Allegre. With 17 seconds left in the first half, Anderson caught a 20-yard touchdown reception from Everett to take a 7–6 lead.

In the third quarter, Giants running back Ottis Anderson scored on a 2-yard touchdown. But in the fourth period, Los Angeles kicker Mike Lansford made two field goals to tie the game, the second one coming with 3:01 left in regulation. Rams receiver Henry Ellard had the best postseason performance of his career with 8 receptions for 125 yards.

NFC Championship Game

The 49ers crushed the Rams with 442 total yards and held the ball for 39:48.

Awards and records

  • Flipper Anderson, NFL Game Record, Most Receiving Yards in One Game, 336 yards (vs. New Orleans Saints on November 26, 1989) [3]
  • Jerry Gray, NFC Pro Bowl Selection
  • Jerry Gray, Pro Bowl MVP


See also

Other Anaheim–based teams in 1989


  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/ram/1989.htm
  2. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF).  
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 98

External links

  • 1989 Los Angeles Rams Season at Pro-Football Reference