1973 Los Angeles Rams season
Head Coach Chuck Knox
Home Field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Record 12-2
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost Divisional
NFC-Trowback-Uniform-STL 1973-80
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1972 1974

The 1973 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 36th year with the National Football League and the 28th season in Los Angeles. The Rams were 7-0 at home for the first time since 1945.[1] On the road, the Rams were 5-2.


NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player drafted or Traded for Position College Trade notes, what Rams traded away
111Fred Dryer Defensive EndSan Diego State Rams #1 Pick sent to New England Patriots for Dryer
231Cullen Bryant Running BackColorado Chargers #2 Pick acquired for Deacon Jones, Greg Wojic and Lee White
237Ron Jaworski QuarterbackYoungstown State
242Jim Youngblood Linebacker Tennessee Tech Chiefs #2 Pick acquired for Willie Ellison
360Tim StokesTackle Oregon #3 pick from Chargers in D. Jones deal.
495Eddie McMillan Cornerback Florida State #4 Pick acquired from Chiefs for Pete Beathard

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 at Kansas City Chiefs W 23-13
2 September 23, 1973 Atlanta Falcons W 31-0
3 September 30, 1973 at San Francisco 49ers W 40-20
4 October 7, 1973 at Houston Oilers W 31-26
5 October 14, 1973 Dallas Cowboys W 37-31
6 October 21, 1973 Green Bay Packers W 24-7
7 October 28, 1973 at Minnesota Vikings L 10-9
8 November 4, 1973 at Atlanta Falcons L 15-13
9 November 11, 1973 New Orleans Saints W 29-7
10 November 18, 1973 San Francisco 49ers W 31-13
11 November 25, 1973 at New Orleans Saints W 24-13
12 December 2, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 26-0
13 December 10, 1973 New York Giants W 40-6
14 December 16, 1973 Cleveland Browns W 30-17

Week by WeekEdit

Week 6: vs. PackersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 7 0 7
Rams 0 10 3 11 24

Newly acquired quarterback John Hadl, the NFC Player of the Year in 1973, and a stingy Los Angeles defense led the 6-0 Rams to a 10-0 lead in the first half on the way to a 24-7 victory over the 2-2-2 Green Bay Packers. After a scoreless first quarter, the Rams took the lead on kicker David Ray's 44-yard field goal. The next score came on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Hadl to former Eagles wide receiver Harold Jackson. Green Bay cut the deficit to 10-7 on wide receiver Barry Smith's 23-yard touchdown catch from MacArthur Lane on a halfback option pass.

Los Angeles gained momentum in the third quarter on a 40-yard field goal by David Ray. A 1-yard touchdown run by running back Larry Smith in the fourth quarter put the Rams ahead 20-7. Later in the game, the Packers found themselves deep in their own territory. Moments later, Dryer came storming in from the right side of the defense and chased down Green Bay quarterback Scott Hunter, dropping him in the end zone for a safety. On the Packer's following possession near their own goal line, Dryer attacked again. He looped through the middle of the Packer's offensive line and dragged backup quarterback Jim Del Gaizo down for his second safety of the game, setting a new NFL record.

For his efforts, Dryer was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Week.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 23, 1973 at Dallas Cowboys L 27-16


NFC West
Los Angeles Rams 12 2 0 .857 388 178 W-6
Atlanta Falcons 9 5 0 .643 318 224 W-1
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 163 312 L-1
San Francisco 49ers 5 9 0 .357 262 319 L-2



  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 267
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