The Rams are the only franchise to win NFL titles while playing in three different cities
If the Los Angeles Rams had beaten the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII this past February, they would have joined the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders as the only NFL franchises to ever win Lombardi Trophies while being located in two different cities. That being said, the Rams hold the distinction of being the only team to win NFL titles calling THREE different cities their home.
Since joining the league in 1937, the Rams have won championships in Cleveland, Los Angeles, and St. Louis, fielding other great teams along the way. Here are the 10 best.
10. 1955 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Lost to Cleveland Browns 38-14 in the NFL Championship Game
Regular Season Record: 8-3-1
A tie with the Baltimore Colts earlier in the season allowed Los Angles to squeak past the Chicago Bears for the NFL Western Conference title. The Rams were then blown out by the Browns, who were playing in their sixth straight title game.
9. 1949 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Lost to Philadelphia Eagles 14-0 in NFL Championship Game
Regular Season Record: 8-2-2
You could say that the 1949 squad helped the league expand. Its championship showdown with the Eagles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was the first title game played in the western United States. Milestones aside, the Rams were no match for the defending champion's rushing attack on a muddy field.
8. 1985 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Lost to Chicago Bears 24-0 in NFC Championship Game
Regular Season Record: 11-5
Eric Dickerson joined the team in Week 3 after a contract dispute and rushed for 1,234 as the Rams beat the defending champion San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West title. Unfortunately for them, they faced the ’85 Bears in the conference championship.
7. 1979 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV
Regular Season Record: 9-7
The Rams beat Dallas and Tampa Bay on the road to make the franchise’s first Super Bowl. There, they gave the Steelers all they could handle before Pittsburgh pulled away in the fourth quarter. But never mind all that. This team is best remembered because Jack Youngblood broke his leg against the Cowboys, but played in the conference championship and Super Bowl!
6. 2018 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Lost to New England Patriots 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII
Regular Season Record: 13-3
The Rams won back-to-back division titles for the first time since the '70s and made it to the Super Bowl. Despite the loss to the Patriots, one has to wonder if this is only the beginning for this team.
5. 1950 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Lost to Cleveland Browns 30-28 in NFL Championship Game
Regular Season Record: 9-3
Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin threw for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as the Rams showed what was possible with a modern passing game. Los Angeles set the league record for average points per game at 38.8 and if the defense had not given up an average of 25.8, the 1950 squad may have been one of the greatest ever. In the end, the Rams lost a shootout to Cleveland on a field goal in the final minute.
4. 1945 Cleveland Rams
Finished: Beat Washington Redskins 15-14 in NFL Championship Game
Regular Season Record: 9-1
The Rams did not have a winning season in their first seven years in the NFL, but everything came together in 1945 with the franchise's first championship. However, sustained financial losses prompted owner Dan Reeves to move the team to Los Angeles in the offseason, making the 1945 Rams the only champion to play in a new city the next season.
3. 2001 St. Louis Rams
Finished: Lost to New England Patriots 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI
Regular Season Record: 14-2
The Rams fielded the league's best offense and third-ranked defense en route to making their second Super Bowl in three years. If not for a superb game plan by Bill Belichick, this team would be No. 1 on this list.
2. 1951 Los Angeles Rams
Finished: Beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL Championship Game
Regular Season Record: 8-4
The 1951 team was much like the '50 squad, loaded on offense and weak on defense. The only difference is that this team beat Cleveland for the title, thanks to a 73-yard touchdown pass from Norm Van Brocklin to Tom Fears to seal the win.
1. 1999 St. Louis Rams
Finished: Beat Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV
Regular Season Record: 13-3
St. Louis acquired a number of offensive weapons in the offseason and discovered Kurt Warner in the preseason and the "Greatest Show on Turf" was born. The Rams went from 4-12 to Super Bowl champs and became the first team that played its home games indoors to win a Lombardi Trophy.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.