Rams 34, Packers 17
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Olympic sprinter Ron Brown, running wild against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, scored twice on spectacular kickoff returns and caught a touchdown pass to pace the Los Angeles Rams to a 34-17 victory.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid by the Rams, 9-3, and built their NFC West lead over San Francisco to 21/2 games.
The Packers’ hopes for a wild-card playoff spot dimmed as they fell to 5-7, losing for the first time in three games.
Brown raced 98 yards for a touchdown with the game’s opening kickoff, then ran another kickoff back 86 yards in the second quarter to give Los Angeles a 14-7 lead.
Only two other players in NFL history had run back as many as two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game - Timmy Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1966 and Travis Williams of the Packers in 1967.
In the second half, when the Packers kicked the ball away from him, Brown broke loose down the middle and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Dieter Brock to stake the Rams to a 28-17 pad early in the fourth quarter.
Brown, a second-year pro who was a member of the United States’ gold medal- winning 400-meter relay team in the 1984 Olympics, finished with five receptions and 87 total yards plus the two long kickoff returns.
Eric Dickerson gained 150 yards on 31 carries and put the Rams ahead to stay when he scored on a 14-yard run for a 21-17 Los Angeles lead late in the third quarter. Brock completed 15 of 19 throws for 150 yards, including the touchdown toss to Brown, and was not intercepted.
The Rams’ other scoring came on field goals of 43 and 32 yards by Mike Lansford late in the game.
Lynn Dickey threw a pair of touchdown passes in the loss, one of 15 yards to Paul Coffman in the second quarter, and another of 21 yards to James Lofton in the third period.
Dickey finished with 20 completions in 36 attempts for 239 with one interception.