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1959 Rams at one-yard line

1959 Rams at one-yard line

Oct. 25, 1959: Late in the third quarter, on a fourth down at the one-yard line, the Rams go for the go-ahead touchdown. The Detroit Lions stop Rams fullback Joe Marconi for no gain. Players from left: Bill Wade, Marconi, Gil Mains, Jon Arnett, Joe Schmidt and Gary Lowe.

The Rams lost 17-7. The next day, Los Angeles Times writer Cal Whorton reported:

After two splendid efforts on the road, the Los Angeles Rams returned to the Coliseum yesterday afternoon and before an expectant crowd of 74,288 turned in a miserable performance in losing to the heretofore winless Detroit Lions 17-7.

Favored by 13 points, the glamorous Rams fizzled all over the premises. They practically presented the game to the visitors with no strings attached.

Guilty of only one fumble in their last two starts, the Rams yesterday dropped the ball three times, lost it twice.

And quarterback Bill Wade, who hadn’t has a pass intercepted in two games, had three picked off by eager Detroit defenders.

One fumble was turned into a Lion touchdown. An interception in the fourth resulted in another Lion touchdown.

Los Angeles had its share of tough luck, but most of it was the Rams own making. …

The loss was the start of an eight-game losing streak, leaving the 1959 Los Angeles Rams with a 2-10 record.

This photo has been added to the Los Angeles Rams 1946-1994 photo gallery.

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