NFL owners voted 30-2 to relocate the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles on Tuesday night, January 12th. While the news might seem insignificant to young Giants fans who weren’t alive when the Rams left L.A. for the Lou back in 1995, older fans of Big Blue might cringe.
The G-Men were 8-20 against the Los Angeles Rams. The only back-to-back wins for the Giants came in 1959 and 1961, 1984 and 1985. Zero Giants wins in the ’40s, one win in the ’50s, 1 win in the ’60s, and 1 win in the ’70s. The L.A. Rams won five straight to open the head-to-head series and another six straight from 1966 – 1978.
The ’80s were somewhat better for the Giants against the L.A. Rams, going 3-5. That decade saw some of the series’ most memorable games.
In 1984, the Giants went 9-7 and finished 2nd in the NFC East earning a playoff spot as a Wild Card. In that first round of the postseason, on the day before Christmas Eve, the Giants held on to a 16-10 win, despite allowing four sacks, rushing for 40 yards on 27 carries, and allowing Eric Dickerson to run for 107 yards and a score.
In November 1985, the Giants won 24-19 thanks to two late Joe Morris touchdowns on the ground. New York allowed Eric Dickerson to run for another 100 yards and a score, but forced 3 turnovers.
But, it was the 1989 Wild Card game, which took place in early January 1990, that Giants fans like me hope to forget. That’s when Jim Everett, not Cris Evert, hit Flipper Anderson for a 30-yard touchdown in overtime to beat the Giants in Giants Stadium, 19-13. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried. I was only 9 after all.
Since the Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995, the Giants have gone 6-4, losing the first four, but winning six straight. Let’s hope Big Blue can continue their success against the Los Angeles Rams when they play next season… in London.