Sunday Oct 16, 4-1 Rams @ 3-1 Vikings

The battle for second place in the NFL West will be take place this afternoon as the 4-1 Rams head east to take on the 3-1 Vikings. This will most likely be a low scoring ball game as the Rams have the number one defense given up only 34 points this season. Minnesota has the number two defense allowing only 36 points.  In 1966 the Rams were exactly where my replay Rams are at, 4-1. The Vikings on the other hand have really out performed in my replay as they were 0-3-1 coming into today’s game, I think reality will be catching up with the Vikings soon but we will see how the dice rolls for the Vikings this afternoon.

~ 1st Quarter ~

Minnesota’s Fred Cox is ready for the kickoff … hand in the air … Deep kick all the to the 3 yard line and it rolls out of bounds … that will be a five yard penalty and the Vikings will have to re-kick. Fred Cox with the kick off … taken at the 5 by Clancy Williams … bolts right up the middle for a 40 yard return out to the 45 of LA. Roman Gabriel and Rams powerful offense will have great starting field position.

Rams break the huddle … snap is clean and Gabriel hands off to Tom Moore … Vikings haul him down two yards behind the line of scrimmage … 2nd and 12. Minnesota is showing blitz … Roman Gabriel audibles … throws a slant to Tommy McDonald … way over his head as the blitz by the Vikings hurried the throw. Roman Gabriel sets up in a good pocket, lots of time … double-pumps … and throws to Jack Snow along the left sideline and its incomplete … he couldn’t get both feet down before being knocked out-of-bounds the Rams now face a 4th and 12 from the Los Angeles 43. Los Angeles is set in punt formation … Jon Kilgore takes the snap … and gets a 37 yard punt off … Lance Rentzel lost a yard on the return. Vikings will open up the game from their 19 yard line.

Tarkenton with a quick snap … Dave Osborn inside for 2 yards … Rams played the run all the way shutting the play down quickly. Fran Tarkenton drops back to pass … LA is collapsing the pocket on him … Fran steps forward and now takes off … dropped at the line of scrimmage … Minnesota is looking at 3rd and 8 from their own 21. Rams playing tight coverage … Tarkenton throws to Preston Carpenter on a hook pattern … deflected away by linebacker Jack Pardee and the Vikings will be forced to punt. Jim Stiger fields it at the Los Angeles 27 and returns the punt 8 yards to the Los Angeles 35 yard line.

Roman Gabriel throws to the right sideline … Jack Snow has it at the Los Angeles 38 … and he runs out-of-bounds at the Los Angeles 47 yard line … a pickup of 12 yards … its 1st and 10 from the Los Angeles 47. Tom Moore … drives into the line … and the Vikings are there and meet him – head on … a 1 yard gain … 2nd and 9. Roman Gabriel sets his offensive line … and now drops back … throws a screen to fullback Dick Bass … caught at the Minnesota 44 and he’s tackled at the at the Minnesota 38 yard line … again of 14 yards and a new set of downs. Dick Bass takes the handoff … sifts his way passed the line of scrimmage … gain of 14 yards and that will move the chains as it’s 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 24 and Rams are pushing the Vikings down the field. Halfback Tom Moore on the counter play … nothing there … no gain but we have flags on the field … Holding Los Angeles and that will back them up 15 yards. Los Angeles is looking at 1st and 25 … Gabriel looking to throw long to Billy Truax over the middle … Vikings left defensive tackle Gary Larsen has Roman by the legs … flips him hard to ground … SACKED! That sack brings up 3rd and 33 for Rams. Minnesota is showing blitz … Roman Gabriel audibles … throws to Jack Snow and it’s incomplete … Minnesota was in an all out Blitz giving Gabriel no time to set and throw. Roman Gabriel see the Vikings defense line licking their chops on this 3rd and long … back in the pocket to throw … had hurry the toss and it sailed over the head of Tommy McDonald. Minnesota’s defense is as advertised shutting the Rams down on that series. The Rams are set in punt formation … Jon Kilgore’s punt will carry into and out of the back of the endzone … it’s a touchback … the Vikings will scrimmage from their 20.

Jim Lindsey … knifing his way through the line … gets through … but is quickly forced to the turf after a gain of  4 yards … it’s 2nd and 6 from the Minnesota 24 yard line. Jim Lindsey has the ball … and he’s immediately met behind the line of scrimmage and swarmed under … that will be a loss of -1 yard … Minnesota is looking at 3rd and 7. Fran Tarkenton rolling out right … lofts it to Paul Flatley near the sideline … backhanded grab … and he tumbles to the turf and is downed at the Minnesota 39 yard line … gain of 16 yards … 1st and 10 for the Vikings. Fran Tarkenton stays in the pocket … looking left … throwing right … fullback Bill Brown hauls it in … chased from behind and dragged down at the Los Angeles 48 yard line … another first down for the Vikings! Draw to Dave Osborn for 3 yards as the Vikings are trying to keep the Rams front four from just power rushing Tarkenton with the run. Fran Tarkenton drops back to pass … pressure from the outside and the football is batted out of Fran Tarkenton’s hand … that’s a fumble … Irv Cross recovers the fumble for Los Angeles and returns it 1 yard to the Minnesota 42 yard line. Both defenses are controlling the ball game so far as expected.

Dick Bass rips off another big run … this one chews up 14 yards and sets the Rams up at the 28 of Minnesota. Gabriel tosses the football out Moore going left … slips past the defensive end for 5 yards before he is shoved out of bounds. Bass on a trap inside … great blocks up front and Bass gains 5 and that will move the chain gang … 1st and 10 for the Rams at the 18 of Minnesota. Dick Bass on a power dive … runs out of the grasp of a tackler and gains 7 yards. Dick Bass carries it again … MET HEAD ON … and now lying behind the line of scrimmage under a pile of Minnesota linemen … that will be a loss of -1 yard … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the Minnesota 12 with just 44 seconds remaining in the first period. Roman found Jack Snow open at the 3 … first down and goal to go for the visiting Rams. Dick Bass … grabbed in the back-field … straight-arms his way clear … driving forward … and the Vikings with their relentless pursuit finally bring him down … a 1 yard gain on the play … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Minnesota 2 and that will end quarter number one.

 ~ 2nd Quarter ~

Tom Moore runs to the right … hit … but keeps chugging forward and he’s tackled after a 1 yard gain … it’s now 3rd and goal from the Minnesota 1. Roman Gabriel under center … quick snap and he keeps it himself on a QB sneak … Big Gabriel pushed the pile into the end zone for the games first points. Bruce Gossett’s point after is good and the Rams are up 7-0 early in quarter number two. Vikings return man Mike Fitzgerald will not return it from deep in the endzone … they’ll scrimmage the football at their own 20 … and they start there, first down and 10 yards to go.

Fran Tarkenton … floated a pass over the linebacker and Bill Brown spears it … nice grab … and he’s immediately tackled at the Minnesota 36 yard line … a gain of 16 yards … 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 36. Fran Tarkenton … short toss to Bill Brown … and the Rams are all over him at the Minnesota 42 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 6 yards … its 2nd and 4 from the Minnesota 42 yard line. Fran Tarkenton … throws to Paul Flatley … incomplete … Fran Tarkenton wants that one back … Paul Flatley was open but the pass was too short … Minnesota is looking at 3rd and 4. Fran Tarkenton throws a pass to Preston Carpenter … a back-handed grab … … and he’s sent reeling at the 50 yard line … a pickup of 8 yards … first down right at mid-field. Fran Tarkenton throws to Paul Flatley and its incomplete. Paul Flatley is claiming he made the catch but he’s over-ruled by the officiating crew, who say he trapped it against the turf … 2nd and 10 from the 50 yard line. Fran Tarkenton … throws to Tom Hall … and it’s incomplete … Fran Tarkenton and Tom Hall weren’t on the same page … Tom Hall went one way and the throw went another way … Minnesota is looking at 3rd and 10 from the 50. Fran Tarkenton … throws to Preston Carpenter … AND LOS ANGELES PICKS IT OFF !!! … NO … HE DROPPED IT !!! … and the Minnesota fans gasp a sigh of relief … the Vikings now face a 4th and 10 with the nose of the football directly at mid-field. Minnesota is set in punt formation … Bobby Walden takes the snap … and gets the punt away … out of bounds at the Los Angeles 4 yard line!

Dick Bass carries it … cuts to his left … straight arms a Vikings defender and now he’s brought to the turf … for a pickup of 2 yards … its 2nd and 8 from the Los Angeles 6 yard line. Roman Gabriel with a toss to Tommy McDonald in the flat … poorly executed … and he’s snowed under at the Los Angeles 8 yard line … a miniscule gain of 2 yards … Los Angeles is looking at 3rd and 6 from their own 8. Roman Gabriel with a quick flare pass to Dick Bass … not enough blocks and he’s tackled at the Los Angeles 14 yard line … 1st and 10 for the Rams. Gabriel looking to fool the Vikings throwing deep to Jack Snow … the pass it tipped into the air at the line of scrimmage! Carl Eller grabs the football and returns the interception all the way for a 11 yard touchdown but hold on we have flags thrown and the officials are talking it over. Holding on the Rams and the play will stand … Vikings defense scores the first points for Minnesota today. The point after is good and this one is all tied up at seven a piece with a little over nine minutes before half time. Here’s Fred Cox with the kick off … lots of leg behind this one as it sails out of the back of the endzone for a touchback … the Rams will scrimmage from their 20 yard line.

Tom Moore darts through the line … breaks to avoid a hit … caught and pulled down … a gain of 11 yards on the play … its 1st and 10 from the Los Angeles 31. There’s movement at the Minnesota line as they jostle for position … Tom Moore tries the right side … and he’s dropped for no gain … its 2nd and 10. Roman Gabriel … throws to Tommy McDonald … and it’s incomplete … no flag on the play … Los Angeles may have been guilty of offensive pass interference. Roman Gabriel with a sideline throw to Tom Moore … caught and pushed out-of-bounds at the Los Angeles 38 yard line … small gain of 7 yards … the Rams now face a 4th and 3 and they will punt. Los Angeles is set in punt formation … Jon Kilgore takes the snap … and gets the punt away … Lance Rentzel fields it at the Minnesota 22 … and returns the punt 1 yard to the Minnesota 23 yard line.

Fran Tarkenton … nothing down-field … lobs it short to Paul Flatley … and he’s fortunate to get to the Minnesota 28 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 5 yards … it’s 2nd and 5 from the Minnesota 28 yard line. Fran Tarkenton drops back to pass … PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE … and Fran Tarkenton scrambles for 10 yards … 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 38. Bill Brown runs with it … off-tackle … right side … passed the line of scrimmage … AND HE’S DECKED … a gain of 2 yards on the play … 2nd and 8. Los Angeles is showing blitz … Fran Tarkenton audibles … tries to get a pass out to WR Tom Hall … Hall is flipped up in the air and lands on his back … incomplete … 3rd and 8 from their own 40. Tarkenton rolls out to his left … Preston Carpenter is open behind the linebackers and Fran hits him for a 12 yard gain and another Vikings first down. Draw to HB Dave Osborn … 5 yards and the Vikings have strung some solid plays together… on the move. Fran Tarkenton floats it down-field … Paul Flatley glides under it and pulls it in … he’s cornered and pulled down at the Los Angeles 35 yard line … a gain of 10 yards but flags are down back at the line of scrimmage. The officials are signaling that the Rams jumped offside’s … the penalty is declined by Minnesota. Vikings have 2:19 left before halftime and all three timeouts. Fran Tarkenton with a hard count … trying to draw Los Angeles offside … … now he drops back and throws to Bill Brown … and it’s incomplete … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Los Angeles 35. Fran Tarkenton … rolls out of the pocket … throws down field to his tight end Preston Carpenter … way short … incomplete … 3rd and 10 with 1:40 to go. Fran Tarkenton floats it to Tom Hall … he cuts to the inside … and meets a freight train coming the other way at the Los Angeles 32 yard line … a painful pick up of 3 yards … the Vikings now face a 4th and 7 and here comes Fred Cox. From the 32 … the football will be spotted at the Los Angeles 39 yard line and the Vikings are looking at a 39 yard field goal attempt … Fred Cox’s field goal from 39 yards … ON TARGET … Just made it over the cross bar by a foot and that will give the Vikings the lead … it’s now 10-7 for Minnesota. Here’s Fred Cox with the kick off … lots of leg behind this one as it sails out of the back of the endzone for a touchback … the Rams will scrimmage from their 20 yard line. Los Angeles has just 50 seconds with 80 long yards in front of them. Minnesota sends a blitz to trap Roman Gabriel … trying to escape the pocket … sacked by Jim Marshall for an 11 yard loss! Tom Moore has the football … hits the line and lowers his shoulder and is brought down … gain of 3 yards and that’s the end of the 1st half. Minnesota heads into the locker room up by 3 points 10 to 7 in this defensive struggle.

~ 3rd Quarter ~

Los Angeles is lined up to kickoff here in the seconds half … Bruce Gossett with the kick off and the Vikings will field it … at the Minnesota 6 … Mike Fitzgerald returns the kickoff 32 yards … to the Minnesota 38 yard line. Bill Brown on a trap to the left … small gain … just 2 yards. Bill Brown … running it off-tackle left side and his front line collapses … he’s tackled behind the line of scrimmage … that’s a loss of -3 yards. Vikings break the huddle … long snap count by Tarkenton … five step drop good pocket around Fran … throws to Preston Carpenter and he grabs the high pass … good run after catch by Carpenter and that’s a 15 yard gain for the Vikings. Fran Tarkenton … drops back … throws to Dave Osborn and it’s swatted away … incomplete … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Los Angeles 48. Draw to Osborn … tackled behind the line for a 3 yard loss. Third and long for Minnesota … Fran Tarkenton barking out the signals … now takes the snap … throws over the middle to Paul Flatley and it sails over his head … Vikings now face a 4th and 13 from the Minnesota 49 and will punt. Bobby Walden’s punt is high and taken at the 11 of Los Angeles … Jim Stiger calls for the fair catch.

Roman Gabriel … with an awkward looking pass but Jack Snow slides and hauls it in … back to his feet … but he’s quickly tackled at the Los Angeles 29 yard line … gain of 18 yards … that will move the chains. Gabriel throws a quick sideline pass out to McDonald … just a yard on the pass and catch. Dick Bass slipped out of the backfield and down the sideline … Roman found on his second read and let the ball fly … right in the hands of Bass but he could not control the football as he went out of bounds … big missed opportunity for the Rams. Gabriel at under center … clean snap and into the pocket he glides … standing tall he fires a rocket to running back Tom Moore in front of the Vikings linebackers … breaks free and gains 14 yards and another first down for the Rams. Minnesota is playing the run … Dick Bass is the ball carrier … AND HE’S HAMMERED BEHIND THE LINE … that’s a loss of -1 yard … it’s 2nd and 11 from the Los Angeles 43 yard line. Moore gets the pass thrown to him out of the backfield … gain of 13 yards! Hold on we flags thrown to the far side of the field … Rams will be assessed a 15 yard penalty for an Ineligible Receiver Downfield. It’s now 2nd and 26 from the Los Angeles 28 yard line. Minnesota is sending a free safety blitz and down goes Roman … twisted to the turf by Dale Hackbart for a loss of 4 yards … third and 30 for the Rams … little chance of picking this one up. The Rams throw a long bomb to Jack Snow and the Vikings secondary picks it off 24 yards downfield … Earsell Mackbee returns the interception 17 yards to the Los Angeles 31 yard line.

Dave Osborn knifes his way through the line … left side … now he’s tripped up and dropped after a pickup of 3 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 7 from the Los Angeles 28. Minnesota with a man-in-motion … Dave Osborn carries it … stiff-arm … cuts right … and now he’s up-ended … a pickup of 15 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Los Angeles 13. Dave Osborn running to his left … not much there … and he’s held to a pickup of 5 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 5. Los Angeles is showing blitz … Fran Tarkenton audibles … throws to Preston Carpenter … and it’s incomplete … the Rams brought their linebackers … it’s now 3rd and 5 from the Los Angeles 8. Tarkenton is dangerous on the roll out … Merlin Olsen is right on his heels but can’t catch the quick QB … throws to Brown standing all alone in the end zone … Rams lost the fullback in coverage. Fred Cox nails the extra point and the Vikings turn the Los Angeles turnover into 7 points increasing their lead to 17 to 10. Here’s Fred Cox with the kick off … lots of leg behind this one as it sails out of the back of the endzone for a touchback … the Rams will scrimmage from their 20 yard line.

With 5:05 remaining on the scoreboard clock here in the 3rd period of play … Los Angeles will need to get back on track after that devastating interception. Dick Bass knifes his way through the line … left side … now he’s tripped up and dropped after a pickup of 2 yards … its 2nd and 8 from the Los Angeles 22 yard line. Vikings are keying on Dick Bass … straight ahead and gets mowed down by the Vikings after a gain of 4 yards … Los Angeles is looking at 3rd and 4 from their own 26. Gabriel found Billy Truax for 8 yards but the Rams were flagged for holding on the play … It’s now 3rd and 19 from the Los Angeles 11 yard line. Roman Gabriel barking out the signals … now takes the snap … throws to Jack Snow and it sails over his head. Double coverage on Jack Snow made the throw high from Roman … that brings up 4th down and will force the Rams into another punt. Kilgore gets off a long punt … 50 yards to the Minnesota 39 … Lance Rentzel calls for the fair catch and Minnesota will start 1st and 10 from their own 39 yard line.

Bill Brown trying to get the outside corner and the Rams force him out-of-bounds a 1 yard gain on the play … 2nd and 9. Fran Tarkenton lofts it down-field to Tom Hall … caught between two-defenders … and he’s squashed at the Los Angeles 47 yard line … a pickup of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Los Angeles 47. Wide receiver Paul Flatley is called for offensive pass interference … he made the catch 15 yards down field but pushed off to do so. Fran Tarkenton … takes the snap and drops back … throws to Bill Brown … and it’s batted away … incomplete … it’s 2nd and 20. Fran Tarkenton puts it in the air … Preston Carpenter hauls it in … defender draped all over him … and he’s downed at the Los Angeles 48 yard line … gain of 9 yards … it’s now 3rd and 11 from the Los Angeles 48. Fran Tarkenton … throws to Tom Hall and it’s incomplete. Tom Hall and the Los Angeles defender both got their feet tangled up with one another … that will end the third quarter of play… the Vikings now face a 4th and 11 from the Los Angeles 48 and will punt to open up the final quarter of this defensive ball game.

~ 4th Quarter ~

Bobby Walden’s punt went out of bounds at the 18 of Los Angeles. Rams football and with 14:40 to play Roman Gabriel needs to string together a long drive that comes up with some points to get the Rams back into the ball game. The Rams are probably passing here … Gabriel under center … the snap was early and Roman wasn’t ready for it … loose ball at the line of scrimmage … now it squirts backwards 16 yards to the Los Angeles 2 yard line …  Tom Moore falls on the fumble at the 2 yard line … What a horrible break for the Rams … 2nd and 26 upcoming for LA. Dick Bass right up the gut for 2 yards … trying to get some breathing room for their punter. Los Angeles with a man-in-motion … Dick Bass carries it … stiff-arm … cuts right … and now he’s up-ended … a pickup of 6 yards … the Rams now face a 4th and 18 from the Los Angeles 10 … not the drive the Rams were hoping for. Jon Kilgore gets the punt off … travels 40 yards out to midfield. Lance Rentzel calls for the fair catch and Minnesota will start 1st and 10 from mid-field.

Bill Brown runs left … darts inside … ducks under a high hit … and now he’s stapled to the turf … a gain of 2 yards on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 8 from the Los Angeles 48. Fran Tarkenton stumbles but keeps his footing … throws to Paul Flatley at the Los Angeles 45 … he side-steps a hit … dangles along the sideline … and is brought down in-bounds at the Los Angeles 33 yard line … a pickup of 15 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Los Angeles 33. Dave Osborn running to his right … and the Rams swarm to meet him … and he’s held to a gain of 5 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 5 from the Los Angeles 28. Tarkenton wants one more touchdown to secure the win for Minnesota … drops back and now has to rollout to his right … looks and finds Tom Hall for a 28 yard touchdown pass. The Vikings are out in front by three scores and with the Vikings defense playing so good this afternoon, it’s hard to think Los Angeles can come back. Here’s Fred Cox with the kick off … lots of leg behind this one as it sails out of the back of the endzone for a touchback … the Rams will scrimmage from their 20 yard line.

Third year quarterback Bill Munson is coming into replace Roman Gabriel to try and light a fire to the offense. Tom Moore carries the football … left side … loses his footing and is tackled right at the line of scrimmage … no gain … its 2nd and 10. The Vikings are showing blitz … Bill Munson with a screen to Jack Snow at the Los Angeles 23 … cuts inside … and is tackled at the Los Angeles 28 yard line … gain of 8 yards … Los Angeles is looking at 3rd and 2. Dick Bass runs it to the left and he’s stood up by a swarm of Vikings … no gain … the Rams now face a 4th and 2 … they will punt once again. Lance Rentzel … calls for the fair catch … and Minnesota will start 1st and 10 from their own 27 yard line.

Running back Phil King is protecting the football … hits the line … stopped cold by the Rams for no gain … its 2nd and 10 from the Minnesota 27 yard line. Fran Tarkenton flips a short pass to Bill Brown … a one yard gain … he’s hit and fumbles the football at the Minnesota 27 … Rosey Grier recovers the fumble for Los Angeles and the Rams finally get a break.

Bill Munson fakes the hand-off … quick toss to Tommy McDonald at the Minnesota 24 and Munson threw the football into double coverage! … trying to get to the outside … and he’s pulled down at the Minnesota 18 yard line … a gain of 9 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 1 from the Minnesota 18. Bill Munson lobs it over the rush … Jack Snow pulls it in … and he takes a hard hit at the Minnesota 13 yard line … a small gain of 5 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 13. Bill Munson throws to Tom Moore and it’s complete but no gain on the play  … that sets up a 2nd and 10. Bill Munson … short pass to Billy Truax … and the Vikings are all over it … limiting it to a gain of 7 yards … it’s now 3rd and 3 from the Minnesota 6. Munson with a quick drop … Los Angeles in man to man coverage … throws over the middle and its picked off by linebacker Earsell Mackbee in the end zone … he won’t bring it out and the Rams turn the football over once again.

With 4:55 to play the Vikings just need to run the clock out and move into second place by defeating the Rams today. Running back Brown runs inside … nothing there … 2nd and 10 coming up. Dave Osborn … quickly over the line of scrimmage … leaps a tackle … but loses his footing and is hauled down … a pickup of 7 yards … Minnesota is looking at 3rd and 3 from their own 27. The Rams are showing blitz … Dave Osborn tries the right side … AND HE’S BURIED FOR NO GAIN … he’s fortunate he even made it back to the line of scrimmage … the Vikings now face a 4th and 3 from the Minnesota 27. Irv Cross fields it at the Los Angeles 46 … and returns the punt 15 yards … to the Minnesota 39 yard line.

Los Angeles has no chance now with the game clock at 2:20 … they are playing for pride now. Bill Munson … great protection here … flares a pass to Jack Snow at the Minnesota 31 … and he’s tied up and brought down at the Minnesota 31 yard line … a gain of 8 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 2 from the Minnesota 31. Bill Munson takes the snap … a short pass to Billy Truax at the Minnesota 23 … and Billy Truax bulls ahead until stopped at the Minnesota 14 yard line … a pickup of 17 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 14. Bill Munson lobs it over the rush … Dick Bass pulls it in … and he takes a hard hit at the Minnesota 10 yard line … a small gain of 4 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 6 with just :30 seconds to go. Bill Munson throws a TD pass to end the ball game and the Rams did not perform well this afternoon here in Minnesota. And that does it … the final score … the Minnesota Vikings 24 and the Los Angeles Rams 14 … until next time.

Actual Score: Los Angeles 7 at Minnesota 35
APBA Replay Score: Los Angeles 14 at Minnesota 24

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