Saints/Rams Memorable Game #2
The New Orleans Saints will play host to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Of course, the Rams were formerly the Los Angeles Rams, from 1946-1998, before moving to St. Louis, from 1999-2016, and then back to Los Angeles this year.
Since the Saints played their first game back in 1967, the two franchises have played some memorable games, having competed in the NFC West together from 1970-2001.
The Rams dominated that division in the 70’s, winning six-consecutive division titles, from 1974-1979.
Sunday’s match-up will mark the 73rd all-time meeting between the two, with the Rams leading, 40-32.
This week, we're taking a look at five memorable match-ups between the two franchises.
Yesterday, we went back to 1967, the very first game in Saints' history, for the first memorable game.
Today, we go back to September 19, 1971, for our second memorable game.
The Saints and Rams opened the 1971 season against each other on that day at Tulane Stadium.
Saints fans had high hopes, after drafting quarterback Archie Manning, out of Ole Miss, with the second pick of the 1971 NFL Draft.
In almost storybook fashion, Manning guided the Saints to a 24-20 upset win.
Manning threw for 218 yards, and rushed for the game-winning touchdown, guiding the Saints to their first-ever win over the Rams.
The Saints stumbled to a 4-8-2 finish that year, but that win, and Archie Fever, certainly was fun!