1989 Los Angeles Rams season
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Head coachJohn Robinson
Home fieldAnaheim Stadium
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs
(at Eagles) 21–7
Won Divisional Playoffs
(at Giants) 19–13 (OT)
Lost NFC Championship
(at 49ers) 3–30

The 1989 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 52nd season in the National Football League, their 42nd overall, and their 44th in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It constituted their last postseason appearance in Los Angeles before owner Georgia Frontiere, who would eventually move the team to St. Louis six seasons later, sold many top players, and in the playoffs, they were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.

It also constituted their last winning season until 1999 in St. Louis, and last in Los Angeles until 2017.


NFL Draft

Main article: 1989 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team


1989 Los Angeles Rams roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • 70 Bill Hawkins DE (IRTooltip Injured reserve)
  • 26 Anthony Newman S (IRTooltip Injured reserve)
  • 93 Doug Reed DE (IRTooltip Injured reserve)
  • -- Mark Schmidt G (IRTooltip Injured reserve)
  • 37 James Washington S (IRTooltip Injured reserve)

Practice squad

47 active, 5 inactive, 2 practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 10 at Atlanta Falcons W 31–21 1–0 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium Recap
2 September 17 Indianapolis Colts W 31–17 2–0 Anaheim Stadium Recap
3 September 24 Green Bay Packers W 41–38 3–0 Anaheim Stadium Recap
4 October 1 at San Francisco 49ers W 13–12 4–0 Candlestick Park Recap
5 October 8 Atlanta Falcons W 26–14 5–0 Anaheim Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Buffalo Bills L 20–23 5–1 Rich Stadium Recap
7 October 22 New Orleans Saints L 21–40 5–2 Anaheim Stadium Recap
8 October 29 at Chicago Bears L 10–20 5–3 Soldier Field Recap
9 November 5 at Minnesota Vikings L 21–23 (OT) 5–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
10 November 12 New York Giants W 31–10 6–4 Anaheim Stadium Recap
11 November 19 Phoenix Cardinals W 37–14 7–4 Anaheim Stadium Recap
12 November 26 at New Orleans Saints W 20–17 (OT) 8–4 Louisiana Superdome Recap
13 December 3 at Dallas Cowboys W 35–31 9–4 Texas Stadium Recap
14 December 11 San Francisco 49ers L 27–30 9–5 Anaheim Stadium Recap
15 December 17 New York Jets W 38–14 10–5 Anaheim Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at New England Patriots W 24–20 11–5 Sullivan Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1

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 touchdowns by Greg Bell. Kevin Greene had three sacks.

Week 2

Jim Everett and Henry Ellard hooked up for three scores as the Rams had another strong second half.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

Everett passed for two touchdowns and Mike Lansford booted four field goals.

Week 6

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.

Week 7

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.

Week 8

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.

Week 9

In a highly unusual overtime 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.

Week 10

Rams got back to their winning ways behind two Everett TD passes and two Bell TD runs.

Week 11

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.

Week 12

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.

Week 13

Everett outdueled Dallas rookie Troy Aikman in a spirited performance by the 1–11 Cowboys. Both QB's had 4 TD's passing. Late in the game with the Rams leading 35-31 but Dallas driving; an attempt by Aikman to get the signal for the next play was mistaken for a timeout signal by umpire Art Demmas; costing the Cowboys their final timeout. Dallas advanced on the drive to the Los Angeles 10 yard line but couldn't stop the clock before time ran out.

Week 14

In a classic MNF performance, Joe Montana tossed three TD's, two of them for over 90 yards to John Taylor. Rams led 27-10 entering the final period when Montana hit Mike Wilson for a TD to cut it to 27–17. The Rams were driving to a TD when Everett fumbled a snap at the 49er 4, and on the very next play, Montana hit Taylor for a 96-yd TD to cut it to 27–23. The 49ers capped their amazing comeback a Roger Craig TD run after Ron Brown fumbled the ensuing kickoff.

Week 15

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 TD's from Bell.

Week 16

Bell ran for 210 yards and the winning score in the 4th as the Rams clinched a wild-card berth.


NFC West
San Francisco 49ers(1) 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 442 253 W5
Los Angeles Rams(5) 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

Los Angeles Rams 21, Philadelphia Eagles 7
Period 1 2 34Total
Rams 14 0 0721
Eagles 0 0 077

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Despite being underdogs on the road, the Rams took a 14–0 lead in the first quarter as Jim Everett connected for touchdowns to Henry Ellard and Damone Johnson. The Eagles offense, led by explosive quarterback Randall Cunningham, was held in check by Fritz Shurmur's zone defense which prevented Philadelphia from making big plays downfield. Still, the Eagles closed the gap to 14–7 in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Anthony Toney. But Rams running back Greg Bell broke off a 54-yard run down the left sideline down to the Eagles 10-yard-line, then finished off his 124-yard rushing day two plays later with his 27th carry going for seven yards and L.A.'s final touchdown. Los Angeles won in the wild card round for the first time since 1983.

NFC Divisional Playoff

Los Angeles Rams 19, New York Giants 13 (OT)
Period 1 2 34OTTotal
Rams 0 7 06619
Giants 6 0 70013

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Playing on the East Coast for the third time in as many weeks, the Rams faced off against the NFC East champions in a tough defensive battle. New York jumped to a 6–0 lead in the first quarter with two field goals by kicker Raul Allegre. But with 17 seconds left in the first half, Jim Everett found Flipper Anderson for a 20-yard touchdown reception that, with Mike Lansford's PAT, gave the Rams a 7–6 lead at the intermission. In the third quarter, the Giants retook the lead as running back Ottis Anderson scored on a 2-yard touchdown. But in the fourth period, Lansford made two field goals to tie the game, the second one coming with 3:01 left in regulation and eventually send the game into overtime. Receiving the kickoff, the Rams drove 78 yards, with a key pass interference call on Giants cornerback Sheldon White that gave Los Angeles a first down in Giants territory. Two plays later, Everett found Anderson for a 30-yard touchdown pass to end the game just 1:06 into the extra period. Rams receiver Henry Ellard had the best postseason performance of his career with 8 receptions for 125 yards, while Everett had 315 yards passing for the game.

NFC Championship Game

San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3
Period 1 2 34Total
Rams 3 0 003
49ers 0 21 3630

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

The Rams' season came to an end against the rival 49ers. Starting at midfield on its first possession, L.A. drove 44 yards in 10 plays, ending with a 23-yard field goal by Mike Lansford. On the ensuing San Francisco drive, linebacker Larry Kelm recovered a fumble by 49ers tight end Brent Jones, but the Rams drive stalled as Jim Everett twice attempted deep passes to Flipper Anderson which fell incomplete. L.A. was forced to punt the ball away, and never threatened to score again. The 49ers scored on three straight possessions in the second quarter and totaled 442 yards on offense and held the ball for 39:48 for the game. The Rams were held to only 26 yards rushing and Everett threw three interceptions in the loss, L.A.'s second appearance in the NFC Championship Game in five seasons.

Awards and records


See also

Other Anaheim–based teams in 1989


  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 98