Los Angeles Rams (12-4) 31, Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) 14
Sunday December 17th 1978 (at Los Angeles)
(LOS ANGELES) - Pat Haden, the frequently criticized Los Angeles quarterback, scrambled 24 yards to set up one touchdown and passed 21 yards to Willie Miller for another score to lead the Rams to a 31-14 victory over Green Bay and a home-field advantage in the playoffs. The loss dropped Green Bay to 8-7-1 and eliminated the Packers from playoff consideration. They played in rain at the Coliseum. Cullen Bryant rushed for 121 yards on 30 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 1 and 5 yards, the latter set up when Haden rushed his 24 yards to the Packers' 5-yard line. The Rams, 12-4 and already slated to host a playoff game on December 31, will be the NFC's championship game host if they survive that first contest. The Rams scored first after Pat Thomas intercepted a David Whitehurst pass at the Los Angeles 48-yard line and returned to the Green Bay 31. Eight plays and two Green Bay offside penalties resulted in Bryant's first touchdown, on a sweep to the right. Haden, who has been under fire in Los Angeles because the Rams had only been 4-4 since winning seven straight, completed three passes in that advance. Nolan Cromwell partially deflected a David Beverly punt to put the Rams at midfield and start their second touchdown advance. Los Angeles went 50 yards in six plays, including Haden's scramble when he couldn't find an open man. It was Haden's longest run since he joined the Rams two years ago.
GREEN BAY   -  0  0  7  7 - 14
LOS ANGELES -  7  0 14 10 - 31
                       GREEN BAY   LOS ANGELES
First downs                   17            18
Rush-yards-TDs           29-75-1      44-178-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-27-185-1-3  9-26-140-1-1
Sacked-yards                2-19          2-19
Net pass yards               166           121
Total yards                  241           299
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           1-0
Turnovers                      4             1
Penalties-yards             5-23          8-55
SCORING
1st - LA - Wendell Bryant, 1-yard run (Frank Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
3rd - LA - Bryant, 5-yard run (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 14-0
3rd - GB - Middleton, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) LOS ANGELES 14-7
3rd - LA - Willie Miller, 21-yard pass from Pat Haden (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 21-7
4th - GB - Middleton, 21-yard pass from Whitehurst (Marcol kick) LOS ANGELES 21-14
4th - LA - Corral, 24-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 24-14
4th - LA - Rod Perry, 44-yard interception return (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 31-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 17-38 1 TD, Barty Smith 9-32, Jim Culbreath 3-5
LOS ANGELES - Cullen Bryant 30-121 2 TD, Pat Haden 3-27, John Cappelletti 7-16, Terry Nelson 1-7, Anthony Davis 3-7
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 25-15-166 1 TD 3 INT, Bobby Douglass 2-1-19
LOS ANGELES - Pat Haden 26-9-140 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-92, Rich McGeorge 4-46, Barty Smith 2-6, Terdell Middleton 1-22 1 TD, Jim Culbreath 1-19
LOS ANGELES - Ron Jessie 3-66, Terry Nelson 3-20, Willie Miller 2-37 1 TD, John Cappelletti 1-17