Storybook season has sick ending: Rams fall in first ever Superbowl
To be honest, this team wasn't too impressive as a whole, limping to a 9-7 record in a season that saw them lose by a few ugly scores of 30-6, 40-16, 21-6, and 29-14. However, the rest of the division slumped through the season even worse than the LA Rams and they managed to capture first place with a record just over .500.
Led by Vince Ferragamo, Wendell Tyler, and Ray Malavasi, the Rams fought and scraped their way to the Super Bowl. After narrowly defeating the Roger Staubach-led Cowboys 21-19, they defensively dominated the Buccaneers en-route to a well earned 9-0 victory. They were off to the Superbowl to take on Terry Bradshaw and the Pittsburgh Steelers. And people were beginning to think: maybe, just maybe this team had enough left in the tank to capture a championship.
Why They Didn't Win
The Rams led for a large portion of the game and had a nerve-racking yet promising 19-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Despite being giant underdogs, the Rams were showing they could play with the powerhouse Steelers.
Then the fourth quarter happened.
Terry Bradshaw connected with WR John Stallworth for a 73-yard touchdown pass that gave the Steelers a 23-19 lead. On the Steelers' next possession, Bradshaw once again connected with Stallworth for 45 yards and a pass interference call later on in the drive gave the Steelers the ball on the Rams' one-yard line. Franco Harris punched it in from a yard out, and the Rams found themselves in an insurmountable 31-19 hole.
The magic failed to last fifteen more minutes, and the Rams' incredible run came to a sad end.