1969 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachGeorge Allen
Home fieldLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st Western Coastal
Playoff finishLost Western Conference Championship Game (at Vikings) 20–23
Won NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Cowboys) 31–0

The 1969 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 32nd year with the National Football League and the 24th season in Los Angeles. The Rams were coached by fifth-year coach George Allen. This season saw the Rams attempting to improve on their 10-3-1 record from 1968, in which they barely missed the playoffs by a game. The Rams improved on that record by a mere game, finishing 11-3 and winning the Coastal Division and qualifying for the playoffs. However, in their first playoff game, they lost to the Minnesota Vikings 23–20 in the conference playoff game.

Two members of the Rams' coaching staff would later be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, head coach George Allen and special teams coach Dick Vermeil; Vermeil later would win Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams and was also the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1969 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster

1969 Los Angeles Rams roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Summary

In 1967 and 1968, the Rams and Colts waged season long battles for the Coastal Division title, with the Rams winning on the season's final day in 1967 and the Colts clinching on the next to last week of the season in 1968. 1969 was expected to be no different, thus the opening game in Baltimore vs. the Colts would be a big one. The Colts were coming off a 13–1 season in 1968, but had been upset in Super Bowl III by the New York Jets.

In the opener in Baltimore, the Rams, aided by four Colts' turnovers, came back from a 20–17 deficit to win 27–20 and immediately get the upper hand in the division race. Week after week, the Rams continued to win, although they got a scare in a 27–21 week 4 win in San Francisco and a 9–7 week 6 win in Chicago vs. the Bears. After 8 weeks the Rams were 8–0–0. Meanwhile, the Colts, affected by age and injuries, were 5–3, including a 52–14 loss in week 2 vs. Minnesota. In week 9, the Rams survived a comeback attempt by the Eagles in a 23–17 win, while the Colts lost for the 2nd time in the season to the San Francisco 49ers (who won only 4 games all year).

Week 10 featured a showdown between the 9–0 Rams and the 8–1 Dallas Cowboys. The Rams won a thriller 24–23, aided in part by a Bob Hayes fumble while he was running untouched in the clear and seemingly headed for a touchdown (the Cowboys recovered but had to settle for a field goal). The following week the Rams clinched the division title with a 24–13 win in Washington vs. the Redskins. With 3 games left, the Rams were 11–0 and the Colts were 7–4. Week 12 was another showdown, this time between the 11–0 Rams and the 10–1 Vikings, who had lost their opener and then won 10 straight (and, like the Rams, already had clinched their division). The Rams dream of an undefeated season was dashed in a 20–13 loss to Minnesota, in a game that was not as close as the score indicated. Coach George Allen decided to rest a lot of his older veterans in weeks 13 and 14 (back then home field advantage in the playoffs was rotated and not determined by best record, so the Rams knew they would open the playoffs in Minnesota regardless of their record) and the Rams lost in a Detroit snowstorm to the Lions, 28–0, and then they dropped a 13–7 game to the Colts in the final game.

Playoffs

The Rams ventured into a cold weather venue (Bloomington, Minnesota) just as they had in 1967 when they dropped a 28–7 game to the Packers in Milwaukee. This time they faced the 12–2 Vikings who had beaten the Rams in L.A. in week 12. But the Rams started off well and led 17–7 at halftime. However, they were stopped inside the 5-yard line and had to settle for a field goal; otherwise the lead would have been 21–7. The Vikings cut the lead to 17–14 but the Rams mounted a responding drive of their own but again were stopped inside the 5-yard line and had to settle for a field goal to lead 20–14. Led by the passing and running of Joe Kapp, the Vikings took the lead 21–20, and then sacked Gabriel in the end zone for a safety and a 23–20 lead late in the 4th quarter. The Rams forced a Viking punt and began to March down field in the final minute when Gabriel was intercepted near midfield, ensuring the Vikings win.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 21 at Baltimore Colts W 27–20 1–0 Memorial Stadium 56,864
2 September 28 Atlanta Falcons W 17–7 2–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 58,031
3 October 5 New Orleans Saints W 36–17 3–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 54,879
4 October 12 at San Francisco 49ers W 27–21 4–0 Kezar Stadium 45,995
5 October 19 Green Bay Packers W 34–21 5–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 78,947
6 October 26 at Chicago Bears W 9–7 6–0 Wrigley Field 45,985
7 November 2 at Atlanta Falcons W 38–6 7–0 Atlanta Stadium 54,357
8 November 9 San Francisco 49ers W 41–30 8–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 73,975
9 November 16 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–17 9–0 Franklin Field 60,658
10 November 23 Dallas Cowboys W 24–23 10–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 79,105
11 November 30 at Washington Redskins W 24–13 11–0 RFK Stadium 50,352
12 December 7 Minnesota Vikings L 13–20 11–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 80,430
13 December 14 at Detroit Lions L 0–28 11–2 Tiger Stadium 53,256
14 December 21 Baltimore Colts L 7–13 11–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 73,326
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
Western Conference December 27 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–23 0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,900
Playoff Bowl January 3, 1970 Dallas Cowboys W 31–0 1–1 Miami Orange Bowl 31,151

Standings

NFL Coastal
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 11 3 0 .786 5–1 7–3 320 243 L3
Baltimore Colts 8 5 1 .615 3–3 5–4–1 279 268 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 8 0 .429 2–4 4–6 276 268 W3
San Francisco 49ers 4 8 2 .333 2–4 3–7 277 319 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Season summary

Week 1 at Colts

Week One: Los Angeles Rams (0–0) at Baltimore Colts (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Rams 3 7 10727
Colts 0 10 7320

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: September 21
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C)
  • Game attendance: 56,864
  • Box Score
Game information

Awards and records

Pro Bowl Honorees

References

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  2. ^ "Maxwell Football Club - Bert Bell Award Past Recipients". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.