Los Angeles Rams (1-2) 35, Green Bay Packers (1-2) 21
Sunday September 20th 1981 (at Los Angeles)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey (12) gets ready to unload the ball as Los Angeles Rams Mel Owens (58) closes in during the first quarter at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, Sept. 20, 1981. Owens left Dickey on the ground but only after he had completed a pass to receiver James Lofton for a first down.
(LOS ANGELES) - Backup Los Angeles QB Jeff Rutledge scored three touchdowns in a 7:47 span of the second half to break open a close game and post a 35-23 victory over Green Bay in Anaheim. Starting quarterback Pat Haden went out in the second quarter with bruised ribs and did not return. It was the Rams' first win in three games while Green Bay also fell to 1-2. Trailing 16-14, the Rams moved into a 21-16 lead late in the third quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Rutledge to Drew Hill. Los Angeles boosted its lead to 28-16 early in the final period on a two-yard TD run by Cullen Bryant. On Green Bay's next play, Pat Thomas intercepted a Lynn Dickey pass and returned it 64 yards to the Packers' 11. Three plays later, Wendell Tyler crashed over from the one to give Los Angeles a 35-16 lead with 9:22 left in the game. Green Bay closed out the scoring with 5:00 left on a 19-yard TD pass from Dickey to James Lofton, who made a sensational catch in the end zone.
GREEN BAY   -  0 10  6  7 - 23
LOS ANGELES -  0 14  7 14 - 35
                       GREEN BAY   LOS ANGELES
First downs                   19            19
Rush-yards-TDs          33-122-1      43-177-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15-34-125-1-1   6-12-76-1-1
Sacked-yards                6-47          5-50
Net pass yards                78            26
Total yards                  200           203
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           2-2
Turnovers                      4             3
Penalties-yards            11-95        14-120
SCORING
2nd - GB - Ellis, 3-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - LA - Joe Harris, 21-yard fumble return (Frank Corral kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - LA - Wendell Tyler, 2-yard run (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 14-7
2nd - GB - Stenerud, 19-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 14-10
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 23-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 14-13
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-14
3rd - LA - Drew Hill, 30-yard pass from Jeff Rutledge (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 21-16
4th - LA - Cullen Bryant, 2-yard run (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 28-16
4th - LA - Tyler, 1-yard run (Corral kick) LOS ANGELES 35-16
4th - GB - Lofton, 19-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) LOS ANGELES 35-21
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 11-45, Jim Jensen 9-27, David Whitehurst 2-15, Lynn Dickey 2-13, Steve Atkins 5-13, Gerry Ellis 4-9 1 TD
LOS ANGELES - Wendell Tyler 25-108 2 TD, Cullen Bryant 8-38 1 TD, Mike Guman 5-21, Jewerl Thomas 4-12, Jeff Rutledge 1-(-2)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 29-15-125 1 TD 1 INT, David Whitehurst 5-0-0
LOS ANGELES - Pat Haden 2-1-6, Jeff Rutledge 10-5-70 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 5-73 1 TD, Paul Coffman 3-16, Gary Lewis 2-24, Gerry Ellis 1-6, Jim Jensen 1-5, Harlan Huckleby 1-3, Steve Atkins 1-2, Terdell Middleton 1-(-4)
LOS ANGELES - Billy Waddy 2-24, Drew Hill 1-30 1 TD, Preston Dennard 1-9, Henry Childs 1-9, Wendell Tyler 1-4