The Los Angeles Rams and Thanksgiving

It’s been 35 years since the Rams have played on Thanksgiving Day, so here’s a review of the team’s 3-1 mark in those games.

1945 – Hall of Famer Bob Waterfield passed for 329 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for another while converting four extra point attempts as the Rams, in their final season in Cleveland, kept up momentum on their way to the NFL championship with a 28-21 win over Detroit. Jim Benton caught 10 passes for an NFL-record 303 yards, a record that would stand for 40 years.

1967 – Roman Gabriel tossed scoring passes to Jack Snow and Billy Truax, and Les Josephson scored two rushing touchdowns as the eventual Coastal Division champion Rams rolled to a 31-7 win over the Detroit Lions.

1971 – Roman Gabriel passed for 234 yards and touchdowns to Bob Klein and Pat Curran, but the Rams had three turnovers in a 28-21 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in their first Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium.

1975 – James Harris threw for three touchdowns, one to Ron Jessie and two more to Harold Jackson as the LA Rams rolled 20-0 over Detroit. Jackson caught five passes for 106 yards, while the defense came up with three sacks and two interceptions of the Lions.

—Dennis Bateman


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