Independent from Long Beach, California on December 21, 1970 · Page 31
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ams Win Game-- Lose Season Impressive Over Giants Wasted By AL LARSON Staff Writer The conversations and Rams' chartered airliner stopped abruptly when the pilot announced over the intercom: "I have a final score." The players knew what was coming. "It was 38-7 in, favor of San Francisco," the captain said. The conversations resumed with the knowledge that their $25,000 a man Super Bowl dreams had been thrown into bankruptcy. The 49ers saw to that ^^*^^^*.*»/»/vs^x^^w\»*»'Mww**w^' How They Scored OOPS, THERE GOES RAM TITLE CHANCE Oakland's Hewritt Dixon, with arm resting on turf, was about to score Oakland touchdown Sunday against San ;|jrancisco when funny thing happened. He fumbled. Rain5N - Y F.RST 0 UART E R Gosolak 42 field goal Studstill 5 pass Gabriel Ray kick SECOND QUARTER 13 3 Studstill 40 pass Gabriel 14 3 Ray kick. 20 3 Ellison 4 run. 21 3 Ray kick 24 3 Ray kick 25 field goal THIRD QUARTER 3 Josephson 1 run. 3 Ray kick. FOURTH QUARTER No scoring. 4:20 11 :28 49ers' Roosevelt Taylor, left, beat Gene Upshaw (63) to ball. It was one of nine Oakland turnovers as San Francisco ended 25 years of frustration with 38-7 win. --APWirepnotB Rams ... NiwYork ..I.. Aft. -- 62,870. if ' 3 0 0 I 9 RAIDER MISCUES FATAL (FOR RAMS) Famine Is Over for S.F. Combined News Services OAKLAND -- John Brodie" capped his finest year as'a pro quarterback Sunday, throwing three touch- dotra passes in the rain and mud as the San Francisco 49ers routed the AFC West champion Oakland Raiders 38-7 to win .their first division title in 25 years. Brodie, the NFC's leading passer all year long, threw scoring strikes of 26 yards to Ted Kwalick, 34 to;Gene Washington and 27 to Bill Tucker as the 49ers posted their 10th victory against three losses and a tie to win the NFC West by a full game over the Rams. The 49ers will meet the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday in the first round of the NFC playoffs. The Raiders, who won their division title a week ago, host .the Miami Dolphins the same afternoon in the AFC playoff. The usually poised Raiders handed the ball over to the 49ers'nine times on four fumbles and five pass interceptions in one of their poorest games of the year. Rain fell from the opening kickoff to the final gun, but for the 49ers, who never have won a division tifle, it must have seemed like a sunny afternoon. In addition to Brodie's fine passing, Ken Wfllard, .workhorse running back,« scored 'on a one-yard smash, Jimmy Johnson ran 36 yards with a pass interception for still another score and Bruce Gossett added a 42-yard field goal. The Raiders, who take an 8-4-2 record into the playoffs; scored their only touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Daryle Lamonica to Ray Chester. Brodie completed seven of 21 passes for 171 yards. The three touchdown aerials gave him a regular- season total of 24. San Francisco, 2y a -point favorites, broke 'the game open in the first seven minutes of the second quarter when they scored three touchdowns to take a 24-7 lead at intermission. Two of those first-half scores came as a result of interceptions, J o h n s o n going all the way after picking off a Lamonica throw, and Bruce Taylor setting up Washington's TD with a second inercep- tion. The Oakland defense failed to drop Brodie behind the line. As a result, the San Francisco quarterback finished the season with only eight sackings to set a pro football record. First downs Rushinn vardane Passim! yardage Return yardage Fumbles lost Yards penalize! 49ers Raiders 16 17 125 88 171 270 93 4 7-22-0 18-33.5 7-35.7 5-35.6 0 4 ·a 54 INDIANS INVADE L.B. *By GARY RAUSCH Staff Writer f. Setter late than never, the Stanford football team arftved in Long Beach Sunday night to begin preparations for its Jan. 1 date with Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. The Western Airlines charter touched down at Long Beach Municipal Airport nearly 40 minutes late. But the delay didn't dampen the spirits of the 200 well-wishers who greeted the Indians. The crowd consisted primarily of families and friends of the players. Twenty-two members of the 56-man traveling squad are Southern Californians, so it was a homecoming of sorts for many of the Pacific-8 Conference champions. Also on hand for welcoming ceremonies were Tournament of Roses president A. Lewis Shingler and Rose Bowl queenKa- thy Arnett and her court. The Indians filed off the aircraft under a barrage of bright lights from movie and still cameras. There were also the usual group of autograph hunters, but few of them recognized any of the players, save Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. One little girl even mistook a sportswriter for a Stanford player, handed him her autograph book JOSE QUEEN GREETS GRID KING | Rose Bowl queen Kathy .Arnett offers Southland greetings to Stani lord quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. The In- jdians arrived at L.B. Municipal Airport Sunday night to begin final ! preparations for Jan. 1 date with Ohio State. Close to 200 friends and boosters were on hand to welcome Tribe. -Staff Photo and innocently asked, "Would you please sign this." The Indians should all be well known by New Year's. "We'll have a number of open practices at Cal State Long Beach," confided head coach John Ralston after arriving at the Edgewater Hyatt House following a six-mile motorcade from the airport. "We're still working on our game plan and expect to have it in solid by Wednesday of this week," he added. Asked what he was primarily concerned with about Ohio State, Ralstort replied, "We can't hide the fact we're playing a real good football team and we have the deepest respect for the offense and defense. "We know all about their .ball-control tendencies and it's our job to get that football." Do the Indians have anything that the Buckeyes should be c o n c e r n e d about? "We better have some tilings that concern them. We think we do." Mayor Edwin W. Wade extended the key to the ·city to Ralston and remarked that Stanford /'could expect a large contingent of Long Beach people in the Rose Bowl New Year's Day." Ralston told those attending the reception in the Edgewater's Empire Room that Stanford, a 12- point underdog at present, chose to train in Long Beach because of its community spirit. Heavy rain delayed the team's departure from San Jose by one hour and Ralston only hopes the Indians haven't brought the rain with Ithem. The previous mark was nine for Joe Namath of the New York Jets in 1968. San Francisco coach Dick Nolan promised Sunday to begin thinking about the Minnesota Vikings "the first thing in the morning." The third-year head coach called Sunday's victory "a great one," the biggest of his coaching career. "We knew what we had to do these last three games, and we did it," Nolan said. "This was a complete game for us from start to finish, offense and def e a s e," Nolan added "They had nine turnovers and we had none. That was significant." Two of the Oakland fumbles were on the 49ers" one yard line. "Any time you get down there and don't score, it's a turning point," said Oakland coach John Madden. "It's up to us to wipe this one out of our minds." when they played the role of Scrooge and rocked Oakland in their season ender. Suddenly the announcement over the friendly skies of Youngstown, Ohio, made the Rams' 31-3 win over the New York Giants seem as flat as the last glass of beer with a cigarette in it. Now while the 49ers have a chance to go on to bigger and better things with the NFL playoff and possibly the Super Bowl, the Rams return home for Christmas to watch it all it front of the family TV set. Just for the record, the 49ers won their first division title ever with a 10-3-1 record while the Rams wound up 9-4-1. "Three of our defeats were to teams that made the playoffs," defensive line coach Torgy Torgeson pointed out. "The only team we lost to that didn't make the playoffs was the Jets." Only three hours earlier the Ram players had chattered in the skin-prickling chill of late afternoon as they headed into the catacombs of Yankee Stadium. They had played the role of spoilers themselves by snuffing out the Giants' hopes of winning the NFC East and gaining a spot in the playoff tournament. JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1970 SECTION C, PAGE C-l As soon as they locked the dressing room doors, the players broke Into a hardy, "three cheers for the Rams." Then Koman Gabriel suggested, "let's give three cheers for Oakland. Maybe the vibrations will get to them and help." They didn't. The sellout crowd of 62,870 earlier had felt a series of vibrations created by the Bam defense. George Allen's heroes were their usual destructive selves a's they limited the Giants' running game to 50 yards and permitted Fran Tarkenton only 13 completions in 33 attempts for a meager 103 yards and one interception -- a sparkling one-handed grab by Mo Pottios. For the first time in many meetings with the Rams, pro football's Houdini failed to slip out of the Rams' straightjacket as applied by Merlin Olsen, David Jones, Coy Bacon and Diron Talbert. After yeilding a 42-yard goal to Pete Gogolak the first time the Giants owned the ball, the Rams took command of the game the second time they had possession and they were never pressed.. Gabriel combined for two touchdown strikes measuring five and 40 yards to Pat Studstill; Willie Ellison sprinted four yards untouched and Les Josephson dived for one yard for big six pointers and David Ray booted a club record 29th field goal of 25 yards. The point barrage undoubtedly embarrassed oddsmakers who had quoted the Giants as three- point favorites. The 192 yards muscled on the ground represented a high for the Rams this season. Josephson, who wound up the Rams ; leading ground gainer with 640 yards, pounded away for 106 yards in 20 carries through giant holes provided by Tom Mack, Joe Sel- belli, Ken Iman, Charlie (Continued Page C-5, Col. 1) jSTOOTBAJLiIj Final Standings National Conference American Conferencl West Division West Division W L T Pet. Pts. OP W L T Pet. PI5. OP x San Francisco 1 0 3 1 .769 352 267 X-Oakland 8 4 2 .667 300 293 Rims .: 9 4 1 692 325 202 Kansas City 7 5 2 .583 272 244 £.,''',- i a 2 333 205 261 San D eqo S 6 3 .455 282 278 New Orleans' V.y.V. 211 1 '.154 172 347 Denver 5 8 1 .385 253 264 Central Division central Division »Mtan.«nt« 19 3 0 857 335 143 Cincinnati 8 6 0 .571 312 255 ?"r»irSf 10 4 0 714 347- 202 Cleveland 7 7 0 .500 286 265 G?em Bay 6 8 0 jit 196 293 Pittsburoh S 9 0 .357 210 272 Chicago ..'.'.'.'.'.L 6 8 0 1429 256 261 Houslon 310 1 .231 217 352 csrt Division East Division v.n.ii.,., 10 i 0 .714 299 221 x-Baltimore II 2 1 .844 321 234 5 0 5 1 x-Clinched Division title. Saturday's Results Baltimore 35, New York Jets 20 Onlv aame scheduled PLAYOFFS Saturday Cincinnati at Baltimore Detroit at Dallas Sunday San Francisco at Minnesota Miami at Oakland .. SJt8S8, 0 -:::::::::;IB Sunday's Results Rams 31, New York Giants 3 Cincinnati 45, Boston 7 Miami 45, Buffalo 7 Chicago 24, New Orleans 3 Detroit 20, Green Bay 0 Dallas 52, Houston 10 Minnesota 37, Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 30, Pittsburgh 20 Cleveland 27, Denver ' C-A.LE3NDA.R, SPORTS JON RADIO .A.JND XVJ w- Harness Racing -- Hollywood Park, first post 7:45 p.m. College Basketball - USC vs. Alabama, L.A. Sports Arena, 8 p.m. Prep Basketball -- See story, Page C-3. TELEVISION Lakers vs. Milwaukee, KABC(7),6p.m. RADIO Lakers vs. Milwaukee, KABC, 6 p.m. USC vs. Alabama, KFI, 8 p.m. «-3« 0-- 7 San Francisco .......... 3 n Oakland ................ 7 0 SF-- FG Gossett 42. OAK-- Chester 29 cass from LBmonlca (Blanda kick) SF-- Kwalick 26 Dass from Brodie (Gossett kick) SF-- Johnson 36 Interception return (Gossett kick) SF-- Washinaton 34 pass from Brodie (Gossett kick) SF-- Tucker 27 Dass from Brodie (Gos-- sett kick) SF-- willard 1 run (Gossett kick! INSIDE SPORTS iiiiiiiimiiiiiiiimmiiiii · Who's in a S l u m p ? Kings Thrash Montreal, 7-2. Page C-2. · No Chrisljnas Vacation for Prep Cagcrs. Page C-3. · Upstarts Cincinnati, Miami Gain NFL Playoffs. Page C-4. · Tnrkcntoii L a u g h e d When He Should Have Cried. Page C-5. · Lakers, Bucks Inaugurate NBA's Vidcn Scries Tonight. Page C-B. THREE AND SYMPATHY It has been said that defensive linemen eal quarterbacks for breakfast, but Ram trio Jack Pardee (32), Coy Bacon (79) and Diron Talbert (72) stalk mighty slim prey in 185-pound Giant quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Furious charge forced Tark to throw incomplete pass in second quarter of game won by Rams, 31-3. -Arwir.pti.it

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