Great Games: Flipper Anderson Of The Rams Kills The Saints


The late 1980’s Los Angeles Rams never made it to the Super Bowl, but they had an exciting team just the same. In 1989, quarterback Jim Everett led them to an 11-5 record and all the way to the conference championship game, only to lose to the San Francisco 49ers.

They had some big games that year too, but few included anything like what happened on November 26, 1989 when Flipper Anderson took it to the New Orleans Saints.

The Rams came into the game with a 7-4 record and just five weeks earlier had alread lost to the Saints. At halftime, the Rams were down 10-3 and then fell behind 17-3 by the end of the third quarter. They came back in the fourth quarter though behind a rushing touchdown from Buford McGee and Flipper Anderson’s only touchdown to tie it up and send the game to overtime where they won it on a Mike Lansford field goal.

But the story of the game was the stats put up by the combination of Jim Everett and Flipper Anderson.

Everett finished the game having completed 29 of 51 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns. This was the most passing yards he would ever have in one game.

As impressive as Everett’s game was, the NFL had never seen a performance before like the one turned in by Flipper Anderson. Over the course of that game, Anderson had caught a total of 15 passes, including a longest of 50 yards, for one touchdown and a new NFL record of 336 receiving yards. This broke the previous record of 309 yards that had been set by Stephone Paige of the Chiefs just four years earlier. It was also just the third 300 yard receiving day in NFL history.

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