Los Angeles Rams (2-1) 51, Green Bay Packers (1-2) 21
Sunday September 21st 1980 (at Los Angeles)
(LOS ANGELES) - Rookie Johnnie Johnson and veteran Rod Perry returned intercepted passes 99 and 83 yards for touchdowns as the Los Angeles Rams exploded for 37 points in the second quarter and went on to bury the Green Bay Packers 51-21. The 37 points was the second-greatest one quarter outburst in their history exceeded only by the 41 points they scored in the third quarter of a game against Detroit 30 years ago. The Rams turned five pass interceptions into touchdowns before a crowd of 63 850 at Anaheim Stadium. QB Vince Ferragamo hit Billy Waddy with a 33-yard scoring pass for the only scoring of the first period. Then came the Rams' explosion. Frank Corral's 29 yard field goal three seconds into the second quarter made it 10-0. Cullen Bryant ran four yards for a touchdown, three plays after Pat Thomas intercepted a pass thrown by Green Bay QB Lynn Dickey. The Packers, who fell to 1-2, scored their first touchdown shortly later on a 46-yard pass from Dickey to Eddie Lee Ivery. Then Johnson, whose $1 million contract caused several veterans to hold out from the Rams' summer training camp, picked off a pass thrown by Dickey near his goal-line and raced nearly the length of the field for his first NFL touchdown. It was the longest return of an intercepted pass in Rams' history. Two players had returned interceptions 97 yards. Later in the second quarter Elvis Peacock plunged one yard for a touchdown. Ferragamo fired a 29-yard scoring pass to Willie Miller, and Perry tallied on his interception return, making it 44-7 at halftime. LB Michael Hunt's career came to an end after he suffered a severe concussion.
GREEN BAY   -  0  7  0 14 - 21
LOS ANGELES -  7 37  7  0 - 51
                       GREEN BAY   LOS ANGELES
First downs                   16            21
Rush-yards-TDs           28-60-2      41-161-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15-31-190-1-5 16-23-228-3-0
Sacked-yards                7-58           1-8
Net pass yards               132           220
Total yards                  192           381
Fumbles-lost                 4-0           2-1
Turnovers                      5             1
Penalties-yards             3-22          8-62
SCORING
1st - LA - Billy Waddy, 33-yd pass from Vince Ferragamo (Frank Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
2nd - LA - Corral, 29-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 10-0
2nd - LA - Cullen Bryant, 4-yard run (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 17-0
2nd - GB - Ivery, 46-yard pass from Dickey (Marcol kick) LOS ANGELES 17-7
2nd - LA - Johnnie Johnson, 99-yard interception return (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 24-7
2nd - LA - Elvis Peacock, 1-yard run (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 31-7
2nd - LA - Willie Miller, 29-yard pass from Ferragamo (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 38-7
2nd - LA - Rod Perry, 83-yard interception return (Kick failed) LOS ANGELES 44-7
3rd - LA - Preston Dennard, 15-yard pass from Ferragamo (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 51-7
4th - GB - Huckleby, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) LOS ANGELES 51-14
4th - GB - Ellis, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) LOS ANGELES 51-21
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Steve Atkins 7-22, Gerry Ellis 6-15 1 TD, Eddie Lee Ivery 7-12, Terdell Middleton 2-7, Harlan Huckleby 5-2 1 TD, Lynn Dickey 1-2
LOS ANGELES - Elvis Peacock 15-67 1 TD, Mike Guman 6-45, Cullen Bryant 10-34 1 TD, Jewerl Thomas 4-7, Eddie Hill 4-5, Vince Ferragamo 2-3
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 25-13-176 1 TD 3 INT, Bill Troup 6-2-14 2 INT
LOS ANGELES - Vince Ferragamo 19-15-202 3 TD, Jeff Rutledge 4-1-26
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Paul Coffman 4-45, James Lofton 3-37, Aundra Thompson 2-20, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-46 1 TD, Ron Cassidy 1-28, Gerry Ellis 1-6, Steve Atkins 1-4, Harlan Huckleby 1-2, Terdell Middleton 1-2
LOS ANGELES - Billy Waddy 4-61 1 TD, Elvis Peacock 3-13, Jeff Moore 2-41, Cullen Bryant 2-28, Preston Dennard 2-20 1 TD, Walt Arnold 1-33, Willie Miller 1-29 1 TD, Jewerl Thomas 1-3