Super Bowl hopes were just inches away. Inches that fate would turn into the long miles home.

. In 1974, the Rams should of played the NFC Championship game against the Vikings in 70% Los Angeles instead of -12% wind chill factor Minnesota.

Both teams were 10-4, and the Rams had won their one regular-season meeting.

Until 1975, however, the NFL rotated playoff sites, and it was the NFC Central's turn to play host to the conference championship game.

Forget about it being the NFC Championship game, name me any game that a team goes over 99 yards and gets no points and loses by 4 points.

OVER 99 YARDS!!! That doesn't happen in Pop Warner.

This is what happened.

In the 3rd quarter, the Vikings hold a 7-3 lead. A punt pinned the Rams inside their 1-yard line, but we moved out of danger to their 25.

Then Harris hit Harold Jackson for a 73-yard gain. Jackson should have scored, but he was nudged out of bounds by Jeff Wright at the Vikings' 2.

One play later the Rams were less than six inches from a 10-7 lead.

But Harris, who could have fallen forward for the go-ahead TD, switched to a long count.The refs said Hall of Fame guard Tom Mack flinched, costing the Rams five yards.

Two plays later, linebacker Wally Hilgenberg intercepted Harris' tipped pass in the end zone.

The Rams had gone 99 yards and produced no points. We lose by 4 points.

It's been over 30 years and the pain is still fresh.

The Viking curse.


In 1976, the Vikings and Rams met again in the NFC championship game.

The coaching staff gave the Ram players their book on the Vikings. On page one Coach Knox wrote "Be aggressive" Attack!
To the Ram offensive line was the coaching staff concern of the Viking 5 man line,which gives the Vikings a man to man pass rush with Page stunting. The coaching staff said "lock them up and give our QB time and you won't see it anymore.
The Ram put a new wrinkle in their goal line offense with a flanker reverse with Jessie.
In the last practice before the game a fight broke out between Hacksaw Reynolds and Terry Nelson.

The Ram coaches let them go at it for some time and when they broke it up, all the Ram players cheered. Emotionally the Rams are ready.
Here is the first quarter stats.

Rams run 22 plays to the Vikings 5 plays. Rams 7 first downs to the Vikings 1 first down. Rams outgained the Vikings 89 yards to their 17.

But the Vikings are winning 7-0.

Here's how.

The Rams Ground Chuck offense was blowing holes in the Minnesota defense.

On second and goal from the Viking 4 yard line, the Rams do a flanker reverse with Jessie, he scores, but the refs say no and move it to the six inch line (just look at the pics he scored the refs AGAIN blew it).

Knox decides to go for three.

Dempsey goes out for the chip shot FG. But Nate Allen blocked the kick, which bounced directly to defensive back Bobby Bryant, who dashed 99 yards for the game's first points.

That is a 14 point turnaround.

Rusty Jackson gets his punt blocked.

The Vikings take a 17-0 lead but our defense brings us back, the Rams score 2 TD's, but Dempsey misses the extra point making it 17-13 Vikings.



The Rams have the ball inside the Viking 40 with less than 3 minutes to play.

But we need a TD and the Vikings play prevent.

Knox decides to go for it on fourth down. It is 4th and 10 on the Viking 39 yard line. Knox tells Haden the Vikings will be playing for the short pass thinking the Rams just want a first down.

Knox said " You should find Jessie or Jackson clear on the play called "sixty-five".

Haden faded back to pass reading the Viking's free safety Paul Krause. Krause went to the weak side after Jackson. Jessie blew right by Nate Wright.

Haden didn't have time to look at Jackson before hitting Jessie. And their right corner back Bobby Bryant sprinted all the way across the field.

Jessie didn't even see him coming. As the ball was going to fall in Jessie's hands for the game winning TD. Bryant, at the last instance, took the ball from Jessie and the Rams. The Viking Curse.


You don't start a poker game throwing away a pair of aces in hoping to hooking dueces and treys.

You don't start out a golf tournamount on a par-5 hole and pull out your 7 iron on the tee.You don't bunt with bases loaded and two men out. You don't step back when you got the guy on the ropes.

And you don't start a NFC Championship game by going for a FG on their 6 inch line.

The Rams won't be in the Super Bowl because that's exactly what they did. They put the Vikings in the SB because they lack the killer instinct needed.

It would be like Dempsey throwing a jab after he knocked his man down.

Babe Ruth choking up. Jerry West passing the ball when he is under the basket.

The NFL "book" says when you drive down to their six inch line be sure to put some points on the board. And that is what the Rams did,they put seven on the board for Minnesota.

St. Louis Rams Vs. Minnesota Vikings
Regular Season/Postseason Results

Season Date Result
2003 November 30, 2003 St. Louis Rams 48, Minnesota Vikings 17
2000 December 10, 2000 St. Louis Rams 40, Minnesota Vikings 29
1999 January 16, 2000 St. Louis Rams 49, Minnesota Vikings 37
1998 September 13, 1998 Minnesota Vikings 38, St. Louis Rams 31
1992 November 29, 1992 Minnesota Vikings 31, Los Angeles Rams 17
1991 December 15, 1991 Minnesota Vikings 20, Los Angeles Rams 14
1989 November 5, 1989 Minnesota Vikings 23, Los Angeles Rams 21, OT
1988 December 26, 1988 Minnesota Vikings 28, Los Angeles Rams 17
1987 September 20, 1987 Minnesota Vikings 21, Los Angeles Rams 16
1985 October 6, 1985 Los Angeles Rams 13, Minnesota Vikings 10
1979 December 2, 1979 Los Angeles Rams 27, Minnesota Vikings 21, OT
1978 December 31, 1978 Los Angeles Rams 34, Minnesota Vikings 10
October 15, 1978 Los Angeles Rams 34, Minnesota Vikings 17
1977 December 26, 1977 Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 7
October 24, 1977 Los Angeles Rams 35, Minnesota Vikings 3
1976 December 26, 1976 Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
September 19, 1976 Minnesota Vikings 10, Los Angeles Rams 10, OT
1974 December 29, 1974 Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10
November 24, 1974 Los Angeles Rams 20, Minnesota Vikings 17
1973 October 28, 1973 Minnesota Vikings 10, Los Angeles Rams 9
1972 November 19, 1972 Minnesota Vikings 45, Los Angeles Rams 41
1970 October 26, 1970 Minnesota Vikings 13, Los Angeles Rams 3
1969 December 27, 1969 Minnesota Vikings 23, Los Angeles Rams 20
December 7, 1969 Minnesota Vikings 20, Los Angeles Rams 13
1968 December 1, 1968 Los Angeles Rams 31, Minnesota Vikings 3
1967 September 22, 1967 Los Angeles Rams 39, Minnesota Vikings 3
1966 November 20, 1966 Los Angeles Rams 21, Minnesota Vikings 6
October 16, 1966 Minnesota Vikings 35, Los Angeles Rams 7
1965 November 7, 1965 Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
October 3, 1965 Minnesota Vikings 38, Los Angeles Rams 35
1964 November 29, 1964 Minnesota Vikings 34, Los Angeles Rams 13
September 27, 1964 Los Angeles Rams 22, Minnesota Vikings 13
1963 November 3, 1963 Minnesota Vikings 21, Los Angeles Rams 13
October 20, 1963 Los Angeles Rams 27, Minnesota Vikings 24
1962 November 25, 1962 Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 24
October 21, 1962 Minnesota Vikings 38, Los Angeles Rams 14
1961 December 3, 1961 Minnesota Vikings 42, Los Angeles Rams 21
November 5, 1961 Los Angeles Rams 31, Minnesota Vikings 17

Minnesota Vikings lead series 21-15-2
Points Scored: St. Louis Rams 853, Minnesota Vikings 817


In 1977, it was time for our revenge.

Tarkenton was out with a broken leg, putting "General" Bob Lee in charge of their offense. Just weeks earlier, we destroyed the Vikings 35-3.(that same night they filmed the plays for the movie Heaven Can Wait at halftime)

And the playoff game was finally in the L.A. Coliseum.

It would have been better for us if we played the game in Minnesota.

It rained for three straight days and nights before the game, turning the Coliseum turf into goo.

The "Mud Bowl" was made for the plodding Vikings. Chuck Foreman ran for 101 yards and a touchdown. Lee completed only five passes, but he did not turn the ball over.

Haden, meanwhile, threw three interceptions (to this day, I am convinced Joe Namath would of gotten us a win), including one in the end zone.

Rafael Septien missed a short field goal, and the Rams once again were on the short end of the score, 14-7.

Three playoff games that we dominated in stats but not where it counts.


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