1979 NFC Championship Game & Super Bowl II

NFC Championship Game  Los Angeles at Tampa Bay.

After defeating Dallas, the Rams had a rematch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Both games were at Tampa and were defensive struggles.  Both teams took opposite paths to arrive one game short of the Super Bowl.  Already mentioned was the late surge that brought Los Angeles from 5-6 to 9-7.

After 12 weeks the Buccaneers were 9-3.  Among the victories was a 21 to 6 effort over the Los Angeles Rams.  Jim Youngblood returned an interception for an early touchdown for LA.  That was it for the Rams even missing an extra point.  For Tampa Bay, Doug Williams threw two touchdown passes and Ricky Bell ran for another.  The Bucs gained 249 yards to just 186 yards to the Rams.

Tampa then lost three straight games including a 14 to 0 loss to the Chicago Bears.   They won the last game 3 to 0 to the Kansas City Chiefs to qualify for the playoffs with a 10-6 record.

The NFC Title Game at Tampa Bay. Kicking three field goals,  Los Angeles shut out the Buccaneers 9 to 0.  LA gained 369 yards to just 177 yards for Tampa Bay.

In the Super Bowl at Pasadena, CA, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Rams 31 to 19.  The lead changed seven times before the Steelers pulled away with two touchdowns in the last seven minutes.  Nevertheless, the Rams made a remarkable comeback from being 5-6 during the season.

 

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