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The Rams go back quite a way and have resided in several different cities, including their debut in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936 in the American Football League (AFL). The Rams moved on to the National Football League (NFL) the next year and remained in Cleveland for five dismal seasons before suspending operation for 1943 due to World War II. Another poor season followed in 1944, but the Rams reached the apex of success in 1945 when they beat the Washington Redskins, 15-14, to win the NFL title.

When Paul Brown founded the Cleveland Browns the next year, the Rams decided not to compete and moved to Los Angeles, Calif. for the 1946 season. They had moderate success for three years, but began a stretch of four NFL title game appearances in seven seasons in 1949. The Rams lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-0, that season; beat the Chicago Bears, 24-20, in the 1950 National Conference playoff before losing, 30-28, to the Browns; and came back to beat the Browns, 24-17, to win the NFL title in 1951.

The Rams lost the National Conference playoff to the Detroit Lions, 31-21, in 1952; played no post-seasons games from 1953-54; and lost the NFL title game to the Browns, 38-14, in 1955. There were just two winning seasons and no post-season games from 1956-66 and just two playoff games from 1967-72, but losses in the Conference playoff in the '67 and '69 seasons.

Once the NFL and AFL merged, the Rams began a fairly successful run. The Rams won the NFC West from 1973-79 while in Los Angeles and has one playoff win each season from 1974-78. Following the 1979 season, the Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys, 21-19, in the divisional round and stopped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0, in the NFC title game before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-19, in Super Bowl XIV.

The Rams moved to Anaheim in 1980 and only won the NFC West once, in 1985, with an 11-5 record. They beat the Cowboys in the playoffs, but lost to the Chicago Bears, 24-0, in the NFC title game. The Rams spent 15 seasons in Anaheim (1980-94), qualified for the post-season seven times. After that 1985 campaign, the Rams' next best season was 1989 when they went 11-5, beat the Eagles and Giants in the playoffs, but lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 30-3, in the NFC title game.

The Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995 and qualified for the playoffs five times from 1999-2004 with just one missed year. They went 13-3 in 1999, beat the Vikings in the division playoffs and knocked off the Bucs in the NFC title game before a win against the Tennessee Titans, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV. It was the Rams' only Super Bowl win. It lost to the New England Patriots, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI after the 2001 season. The Rams did not qualify for the post-season from 2005-10.

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The Rams go back quite a way and have resided in several different cities, including their debut in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936 in the American Football League (AFL). The Rams moved on to the National Football League (NFL) the next year and remained in Cleveland for five dismal seasons before...

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