Rams 38, Jets 14
Dec. 18, 1989
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jim Everett threw for 273 yards and two scores Sunday as the Los Angeles Rams remained in the hunt for a wild-card berth with a 38-14 victory over the New York Jets.
The Rams (10-5) can earn their sixth playoff trip in seven years if they win at New England next Sunday. Even if Los Angeles loses, a loss by either Green Bay or Washington in their final game would put the Rams into the playoffs.
Los Angeles dominated the Jets (4-11) in virtually every department, opening up a 28-7 lead by halftime.
Everett, who completed 16 of 26, threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Pete Holohan 5 1/2 minutes into the game, then added a 43-yarder to Willie Anderson in the second quarter.
Touchdown runs of 1 yard and 5 yards by Greg Bell provided the other Ram scoring in the first half.
The Jets got back into the game - briefly - on a 63-yard touchdown pass play from Tony Eason to JoJo Townsell to tie the game at 7 late in the opening quarter. But the Rams took control with 21 points in the second period.
They increased their lead in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard field goal by Mike Lansford and a 5-yard run by rookie Cleveland Gary for his first pro touchdown.
Eason, the former New England quarterback who joined the Jets last month, got the start against Los Angeles. Ken O'Brien had been ailing with a shoulder injury, and Pat Ryan had suffered a concussion in last week's game.
Eason completed 10 of 14 for 130 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He also was sacked four times and lost a fumble at the Rams' 1 that set up Bell's short TD run.
O'Brien took over to start the second half. He completed 10 of 18 for 112 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Keith Neubert with 1:59 left.
Everett, who rewrote his own Ram record for single-season passing yardage - 4,129 yards this year to 3,964 in 1988 - repeatedly victimized Jets cornerback Bobby Humphery.
On Los Angeles' first scoring drive, Humphery slipped down, allowing Henry Ellard to pick up 30 yards and a first down on a third-and-10 from the Ram 45.
On the Rams' third touchdown, Humphery had good position on the deep throw to Anderson, but Anderson slipped in front of him, caught the ball and went in to score.
Humphery also figured prominently in the score that put the Rams ahead 28-7 just before halftime. On third-and-10 from the Jets' 14, the Jets' left cornerback was called for pass interference on Anderson that gave LA a first down at the Jets' 5.
On the next play, Bell slipped through Humphery's grasp at the line of scrimmage and went in for the score.