Saints/Rams Memorable Game #1
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:
The first memorable game was, well, the very first game. That would be memorable enough, but what made that game even more memorable was the very first play.
On Sunday, September 17, 1967, John Gilliam took the opening kick-off, the very first play in Saints’ history, back for a touchdown against the Rams at Tulane Stadium.
Unfortunately, that would be the only touchdown that New Orleans would score, as they were outgained, in terms of total yards, by Los Angeles, 462-299.
Quarterback Roman Gabriel led the way for the Rams, throwing for 302 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Billy Kilmer paced the Saints in a losing cause, throwing for 200 yards.
Yeah, the Rams did win that day, 27-13, and Gilliam’s return would be the only touchdown that New Orleans would score that day, but still, what a way to begin play in the NFL!
Below is video of Gilliam's kick return:
Below is a closer look at the 1967 season, the first season for the New Orleans Saints: