LA Rams history with the NFC Championship Game

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Ray Malavasi/John Robinson era

The LA Rams enjoyed plenty of regular-season success under head coach Chuck Knox, but after five years they simply never found the secret to advance to the Super Bowl. After winning the Division in five consecutive seasons, but never competing in a Super Bowl, he left the LA Rams to take the head coaching job of the Buffalo Bills.

The Rams hired former head coach George Allen to replace Knox, but after two preseason games, fired him and promoted offensive coordinator Ray Malavasi to the head coaching role.

Lost 1978 NFC Championship (0-4)

The LA Rams (13-5) would be back in the NFC Championship Game for new head Coach Ray Malavasi’s inaugural year, this time facing off against the Dallas Cowboys (14-4).  Unfortunately, Rams quarterback Pat Haden was ineffective for the Rams, passing for just 76 yards and three interceptions. This one was all Cowboys, who would cruise to a victory. LA Rams 0 Dallas Cowboys 28.

Won 1979 NFC Championship (1-4)
The team did win the NFC Championship Game in Ray Malavasi’s second season, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a defensive struggle by the score of 9-0. The Rams defense was the brainchild of defensive coordinator Bud Carson.

The team did compete in Super Bowl XIV but would lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 31-19.

Lost 1985 NFC Championship (1-5)
The LA Rams (12-5) returned to the NFC Championship Game under head coach John Robinson. Unfortunately, their opponent possessed a devastating 46 defense, the Chicago Bears (17-1). True to its reputation, the Bears completely dominated, allowing the Rams just 130 total yards in a lopsided victory.  LA Rams 0 Chicago Bears 28.

Lost 1989 NFC Championship (1-6)
The LA Rams (13-6) would not be any luckier in their opponent in 1989, this time facing the George Seifert-led San Francisco 49ers (16-2).  This one would pit LA Rams QB Jim Everett against 49ers QB Joe Montana. Montana had plenty of run and receiver support and would coast to a win. LA Rams 3 San Franciso 30.