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1945 Cleveland Rams season
Head Coach Adam Walsh
Home Field Cleveland Municipal Stadium
League Park
Results
Record 9-1
Place 1st NFL Western
Playoff Finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
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1944 1946

The 1945 Cleveland Rams season was the team's eighth year with the National Football League and the ninth and final season in Cleveland.

Off seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

= Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Position College
1 5 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch End Michigan
2 16Milan LazetichTackleMichigan
3 21W.G. (Dub) WootenEndOklahoma
4 32Jack ZillyEndNotre Dame
5 37Roger HardingCenterCalifornia
6 48Jerry CowhigBackNotre Dame
7 59Fred NegusCenterWisconsin
8 70Johnny AugustBackAlabama
9 81Dick HuffmanTackleTennessee
10 92Vern WaltersBackAlma
11 103Tom FearsEndUCLA
12 114Joe WinklerCenterPurdue
13 125Jack AlandTackleAlabama
14 136Chuck UknesBackIowa
15 147Bill LundBackCase Western Reserve
16 158Bob BartonEndHoly Cross
17 169Dick HoernerBackIowa
18 180Lee KennonTackleOklahoma
19 191Eagle MatulichBackMississippi State
20 202Bill GriffinTackleKentucky
21 213Leroy EricksonBackOregon
22 224Ray EvansTackleTexas-El Paso
23 235Luke HigginsTackleNotre Dame
24 246Stan NowakEndSouth Carolina
25 257Gene KonopkaGuardVillanova
26 268Ray FlorekBackIllinois
27 279Russ PerryBackWake Forest
28 290Pat WestBackUSC
29 301Bill DavisBackOregon
30 312Charley ComptonTackleAlabama

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Venue Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Bye Week
2 September 30, 1945 Chicago Cardinals W 21-0 1-0 League Park 10,872
3 October 7, 1945 Chicago Bears W 17-0 2-0 League Park 19,580
4 October 14, 1945 at Green Bay Packers W 27-14 3-0 East Stadium 24,607
5 October 21, 1945 at Chicago Bears W 41-21 4-0 Wrigley Field 28,273
6 October 28, 1945 at Philadelphia Eagles L 14-28 4-1 Shibe Park 38,149
7 November 4, 1945 at New York Giants W 21-17 5-1 Polo Grounds 46,219
8 November 11, 1945 Green Bay Packers W 20-7 6-1 League Park 28,686
9 November 18, 1945 at Chicago Cardinals W 35-21 7-1 Comiskey Park 18,000
10 November 22, 1945 at Detroit Lions W 28-21 8-1 Briggs Stadium 40,017
11 December 2, 1945 Boston Yanks W 20-7 9-1 League Park 18,470

StandingsEdit

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Rams 9 1 0 .900 244 136 W-5
Detroit Lions 7 3 0 .700 195 194 W-1
Green Bay Packers 6 4 0 .600 258 173 L-1
Chicago Bears 3 7 0 .300 192 235 W-2
Chicago Cardinals 1 9 0 .100 98 228 L-6

Regular seasonEdit

Week 2: vs. Chicago CardinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0
Rams 0 7 14 0 21



at League Park, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game attendance: 10,872

CLE - Waterfield 8 yard run (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Pritko 4 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Gillette 25 yard run (Waterfield kick)

Week 3: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
Rams 14 3 0 0 17



at League Park, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game attendance: 19,580

CLE - Waterfield 8 yard run (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Pritko 25 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
CLE - FG Waterfield 28

Week 4: at Green Bay PackersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 0 0 21 27
Packers 0 0 7 7 14



at East Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Game attendance: 24,607

CLE - Benton 17 pass from Waterfield (kick failed)
GB - Comp 1 run (Hutson kick)
GB - Fritsch 3 run (Hutson kick)
CLE - Colella 6 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Greenwood 1 run (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Colella 5 run (Waterfield kick)

Week 5: at Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 14 7 14 41
Bears 0 7 14 0 21



at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game attendance: 28,273

CLE - Greenwood 11 run (kick failed)
CLE - Colella 3 run (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Gehrke 10 run (Waterfield kick)
CHI - Margarita 1 run (Gudauskas kick)
CHI - Margarita 42 pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick)
CHI - Gallameau 2 run (Gudauskas kick)
CLE - Greenwood 8 run (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Benton 21 pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick)
CLE - Colella 18 paass from Reisz (Waterfield kick)

Week 6: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week 7: at New York GiantsEdit

Week 8: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week 9: at Chicago CardinalsEdit

Week 10: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week 11: vs. Boston YanksEdit

Post seasonEdit

NFL Championship Game: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 7 0 14
Rams 2 7 6 0 15




at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH

  • Game attendance: 32,178

In the first quarter, the Redskins had the ball at their own 5-yard line. Dropping back into the end zone, quarterback Sammy Baugh threw, but the ball hit the goal post (which at the time were on the goal line instead of at the back of the end zone) and bounced back to the ground in the end zone. Under the rules at the time, this was ruled as a safety and thus gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Baugh suffered bruised ribs and was replaced by Frank Filchock. Filchock threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Steve Bagarus to give the Redskins a 7-2 lead. But the Rams scored just before halftime when rookie quarterback Bob Waterfield threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jim Benton. Waterfield's ensuing extra point was partially blocked, with the ball teetering on the crossbar, but it dropped over to give Cleveland a 9-7 lead.

In the third quarter, the Rams increased their lead when Jim Gillette scored on a 44-yard touchdown reception, but this time the extra point was missed. The Redskins then came back to cut their deficit to 15-14 with Seymour's 8-yard touchdown catch from Filchock. In the fourth quarter, Washington kicker Joe Aguirre missed two field goals attempts, of 46 and 31 yards, that could have won the game.

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.57, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6

External linksEdit

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Chicago Bears
New York Chicago Cardinals
Philadelphia Cleveland
Pittsburgh Detroit
Washington Green Bay
1945 NFL DraftNFL Championship

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