Taking you way back!
It seems odd in a rivalry mostly made up of competitive games, but given the 2 teams time under the radar, it could be seen.
This moment in time found the marquee matchup of star running backs in the Los Angeles Rams Eric Dickerson and the Seattle Seahawks Curt Warner.
Dickerson was coming off 2 stellar season, starting with his rookie year in 1983 where he rushed for 1,808 yards. His second year in the league in 1984 saw him break the single season rushing mark as he gained 2,105 yards that year. Coming into this game, Dickerson was holding out and miss the first 2 games of the season prior to this Monday Night Football billing.
Curt Warner for the Seahawks had a devastating knee injury that made many people wonder if he would play the game ever again.
He did and in the first two weeks of the 1985 season, he ran wild as he was coming off a 169 yard and 2 touchdown performance against the San Diego Chargers.
This particular Monday Night Football matchup in the Kingdome started off with a 1 yard score by Dickerson in the only score of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Seahawks would even the score. Dave Brown picked off an errant Dieter Brock pass and took it 28 yards for the score.
The score was 7-7 going into halftime.
The Rams came out in the second half with guns blazing as Bobby Duckworth hauled in a 19 yard pass from Brock to put the Rams up 14-7. Dickerson would follow that score up with one of his own, from 2 yards out making it 21-7.
The Seahawks wouldn’t go down without a fight, though, as Norm Johnson booted a 26 yard field goal to make it 21-10 Rams.
The fourth quarter saw the most action as the teams tried to close the game out strong.
Dave Krieg got the scoring started in the 4th with a 21 yard pass to Danny Greene.
Dickerson answered with his third touchdown of the game on a 15 yard rush. It was now 28-17 Rams. Johnnie Johnson followed that up with a 27 yard return of an intercepted Krieg pass to put the Rams up 35-17.
The Seahawks tried to claw back, but were only able to muster a Daryl “Burner” Turner 37 yard touchdown pass from Gale Gilbert as the Rams defeated the Seahawks 35-24 on the only Monday Night Football matchup in their history.
Krieg was 23/45 for 267 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. His replacement, Gilbert was 5/6 for 64 yards and that last minute score to Turner. Curt Warner rushed an abysmal 32 yards on 13 carries. Daryl Turner had 3 catches for 90 yards and the score.
Steve Largent had 6 catches for 88 yards and Byron Walker had 6 catches for 55 yards.
Dieter Brock was 12/24 for 203 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Dickerson had 31 rushes for 150 yards and 3 scores while adding 1 catch for 33 yards. Bobby Duckworth had 4 cathes for 98 yards and a score.
Kenny Easley and Jacob Green both registered a sack for the Seahawks while Dave Brown, John Harris, and Terry Taylor all had interceptions.
The Rams sacked the Seattle QB’s 7 times as Doug Reed got 3, Gary Jeter had 2 and Reggie Doss and Mike Wilcher both had 1. Johnnie Johnson had both Rams interceptions on the day.