(LOS ANGELES) - Before one of the largest crowds in NFL history, 90,535, the Los Angeles Rams won the  Western Conference championship here Sunday by
whipping the Green Bay Packers, 31-17. By squaring
the season series with the Packers, Sid Gillman's Rams
finished a half game ahead of the Chicago Bears. The
Bears forced the Rams to win the finale by beating the
Philadelphia Eagles, 17-10, at Chicago. Lisle
Blackbourn's crew finished third in the Western Division
with a 6-6 record. The Rams will meet the Cleveland
Browns, Eastern Division winners and defending league
champions, in the playoff here December 26. Green
Bay's defense kept the Packers in contention on this
ideal day for the first half. Then the Rams' superior team
speed enable them to pull away. Slippery Ron Waller,
rookie from Maryland, was the particular thorn in Green
Bay's side with three touchdowns. He went 55 yards on
the third play of the game, one yard after a fumble
recovery in the second quarter following a fine stand by
Green Bay's defense, and two yards in the third period,
following Jim Cason's interception
Volney (Skeet) Quinlan, another swift Ram halfback, broke the game open, 28-10, with a 55 yard punt return in the third quarter. Big Les Richter kicked the four extra points and booted an 18 yard field goal in the last period. Tobin Rote, hit hard and often by the aroused Rams, threw nine yards to Gary Knafelc for Green Bay's first touchdown in the second quarter and five yards to Knafelc for the other in the fourth period. Fred Cone kicked a 14-yard field goal after a penalty nullified Rote's 11 yard first period scoring run. He also kicked one extra point and ran for the other after a fumble. On the third play from scrimmage, Waller, behind crisp blocking, skirted right end for 55 yards and a 7-0 Los Angeles lead. The game was only a little more than a minute old. Richter converted. Late in the opening quarter, Rote rolled out around end for 11 yards and apparently the tying touchdown. But illegal use of the hands was called and the Packers had to settle for Cone's field goal.
At the outset of the second period, the Rams marched 83 yards in 17 plays to Green Bay's one. Here the Packer defense arose to stop Younger cold and take the ball. Rote had suffered a cut face, so Paul Held took over at quarterback. On third down Held and Reid fumbled a handoff and Hauser recovered on Green Bay's one. Waller sliced through on the next play and Richter converted, to give the Rams a 14-3 advantage. Just before the half ended, the Packers drove 80 yards in 13 plays to pull within four points at the intermission. Only 41 seconds remained when Rote passed nine yards to Knafelc, who was alone in the end zone. Early in the third quarter, Cason intercepted Rote's pass in midfield and the Rams drove 46 yards in seven plays to boost their lead to 21-10. Waller drove over right tackle for the last two yards and Richter converted. Two minutes later, Quinlan scooted 55 yards down the right sideline on a punt return. Griffin and McCormick threw key blocks. Richter converted, making it Rams 28, Packers 10. Early in the fourth period Richter kicked an 18 yard field goal, boosting the score to 31-10. With less than two minutes to play, Rote passed five yards to Knafelc for the final touchdown. Cone ran the point after a fumble to mak the score 31-17.
GREEN BAY   -  3  7  0  7 - 17
LOS ANGELES -  7  7 14  3 - 31
1st - LA - Ron Waller, 55-yard run (Les Richter kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
1st - GB - Cone, 14-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 7-3
2nd - LA - Waller, 1-yard run (Richter kick) LOS ANGELES 14-3
2nd - GB - Knafelc, 9-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) LOS ANGELES 14-10
3rd - LA - Waller, 2-yard run (Richter kick) LOS ANGELES 21-10
3rd - LA - Skeets Quinlan, 55-yard punt return (Richter kick) LOS ANGELES 28-10
4th - LA - Richter, 18-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 31-10
4th - GB - Knafelc, 8-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) LOS ANGELES 31-17

DECEMBER 12 (Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Rams had just finished trooping into the dressing room after winning the Western Division championship in the NFL Sunday when Coach Sid Gillman held up a gold cuff link for inquisitive reporters. It was inscribed: "Chicago Bears, 1955 Football Champions". Gillman said a friend in Chicago had sent it to him earlier in the week. "Someone back there," said Gillman, "jumped the gun."
X-Los Angeles     8   3   1   .727  260  231
Chicago Bears     8   4   0   .667  294  261
GREEN BAY         6   6   0   .500  258  276
Baltimore         5   6   1   .455  214  239
San Francisco     4   8   0   .333  216  298
Detroit           3   9   0   .250  230  275
X - Clinched conference championship        
Saturday December 11th
CHICAGO BEARS 17, Philadelphia 10 - The Bears did all they could to win a divisional title Sunday in closing with a 17-10 triumph over the stubborn Eagles, but the Rams met the challenge with a victory of their own. The Western title of the NFL went to the Rams, who defeated the Packers, 31-17. Los Angeles and the Bears each wound up regular season play with eight victories, but the Rams lost only three, tying one, while the Bears had four defeats. A Wrigley Field crowd of 34,783 saw George Blanda boot a 24-yard field goal in the last 72 seconds to give the Bears their final margin. Blanda also pitched a five-yard touchdown pass to Rick Casares 41 seconds before the first half ended to give the Bears a 14-3 lead. Bobby Watkins' two-yard plunge after a 51-yard romp by Chick Jagade scored the opening Bear touchdown in the first period. Blanda also booted his 142nd and 143rd consecutive extra points. This was the final pro game after a nine-year Eagle career for Pete Pihos, and he grabbed 11 passes for 114 yards. It also was supposed to be the last coaching effort in a regular league game for Papa Bear George Halas. Pihos wound up with a season total of 62 receptions for 864 yards and seven touchdowns as the league-leading pass catcher. For his nine-year Eagle career, Pete caught 373 passes for 5,619 yards and 61 touchdowns. He has announced his retirement following this season.
New York 24, DETROIT 19 - Halfback Frank Gifford scored two touchdowns with 80 seconds of the second quarter as New York held on to beat Detroit, 24-19, in frigid Briggs Stadium Sunday. A crowd of 45,929, sitting in 29-degree temperature, saw Gifford race 21 yards for one touchdown, then combine with quarterback Don Heinrich on a 37-yard pass play for the other. The defeat was the ninth for the Lions, fallen champions of the Western Division, compared with three scant victories. Doak Walker, playing his final game for the Lions, tallied 11 points to clinch league scoring honors. He scored on a pass from quarterback Harry Gilmer and booted a 19-yard field goal and two extra points. It gave Walker 534 points for his six-year career, moving him into third place in the all-time scoring race. Only Don Hutson and Bob Waterfield rank ahead of the Texan, who is giving up football to devote his time to business. The Lions missed a chance for an upset in the final quarter. After Lew Carpenter raced 19 yards to pull Detroit to within five points, at 24-19, the Lions gained possession of the ball when Gifford fumbled the following kickoff and Bob Long recovered on the 24. But three passes by Gilmer lost 10 yards and Walker missed a field goal try from the 43.
SAN FRANCISCO 35, Baltimore 24 - The San Francisco 49ers played what was perhaps their best game of a drab season when they easily defeated the Baltimore Colts, 35-24, Sunday in their final game of the year. Colt fullback Alan Ameche, who was shooting for the select 1,000-yard circle for one season, fell 39 yards short of his goal. The 49er line had Ameche a marked man in Kezar Stadium, where 35,371 fans watched the contest. Ameche carried the ball 16 times and netted only 29 yards. It was Ameche's worst single-game performance of the year. Nevertheless, he ended the season with 961 yards on 213 carries, the second best rushing mark by a rookie since Beattie Feathers set the first year mark at 1,004 yards with the 1934 Chicago Bears. By the third quarter the 49ers had a 35-3 lead and coasted to their first win in the last six games. Baltimore won five, lost six and tied one for a fourth place finish.
Los Angeles Rams coach Sid Gillman is hoisted on the shoulders of Gene Lipscomb, left, and Don Paul, center, and Charley Toogood, after his team wins the Western Conference championship
Gary Knafelc scores against the Rams in the season finale
Los Angeles Rams (8-3-1) 31, Green Bay Packers (6-6) 7
Sunday December 11th 1955 (at Los Angeles)
Ron Waller (27) of the Los Angeles Rams breaks loose, outstepping Green Bay Packer Nate Borden (87) as he races on a 55 yard touchdown jaunt in the first period of their game at Los Angeles Coliseum. (Credit: Bettmann)
Head Coach Sid Gillman and members of the Los Angeles Rams whoop it up in the dressing room at Los Angeles, after they clinched the National Football League's Western Division Title by defeating the Green Bay Packers, 31-17. They thus earned the right to play host to the Cleveland Browns, Eastern Division titleholders for the pro title on December 26th. (Credit: Bettmann)