Saints' gain is Rams' loss, 37-14 New Orleans finds offense, finally

December 14, 1992|By Los Angeles Times

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New Orleans Saints coach Jim Mora took the podium after his team's 37-14 rout of the Los Angeles Rams yesterday, squinted into the glare of the television lights and asked, "OK, what are your negative questions?"

"What happened on the missed extra point?" someone shouted.

Mora's knees buckled, his eyes rolled back in his head and he pretended to faint. Everyone -- even Mora -- laughed.

Jim Mora mugging it up for the amusement of media? The Saints winning handily without the aid of even one sack? A New Orleans offense scoring 37 points?

The Saints racked up 342 yards and 22 first downs in the first three quarters, took a 37-0 lead early in the fourth quarter and looked a lot like a team that is more than merely a collection of quarterback-bashing linebackers.

"Offensively, it was our best game of the year," Mora said. "We ran and passed, we moved the ball well and we scored points.

"I feel like we've really made strides offensively as the season has gone on. We were struggling early, really struggling. But we're improving and you can see the progress."

In the first six games of the year, the Saints managed only one rushing touchdown. In the next five, they scored three. Yesterday, they got three in one game.

"Everybody always says, 'Oh the Saints. Great special teams. Great defense. The offense? Well. . . .' But once it all comes together, look out," said fullback Craig Heyward.

"We couldn't let ourselves get caught up in what the media thinks. If we did, we'd wake up and say, 'Why go to work?' "

New Orleans 6 17 7 7 37

LA Rams 0 0 0 14 14

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