A Storybook Ending For The Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams are currently riding a five-game win streak after a nail-biting victory against the Baltimore Ravens in week 17. Despite some questionable quarterback play from Matthew Stafford, the Rams are in a fantastic position as they head into the final matchup of the regular season this Sunday.
Here is where the Rams stand:
-The Rams currently hold the 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with the second-best record (12-4) in the NFL.
-The Rams can secure the 2 seed in the playoffs and guarantee a couple of home playoff games with a victory this weekend.
-The Rams can win the NFC West with a victory this weekend.
–Cooper Kupp can solidify his legacy by simply existing this weekend.
Clearly, there is A LOT at stake heading into the final game. I wish I could say that the Rams have it all in the bag, but there is one massive hurdle the team must get over first: the San Francisco 49ers.
To provide some context; the Rams have not beaten the 49ers since 2018. San Francisco is on a five-game win streak against the Rams, and Sean McVay, who overall owns the NFC West, has only beaten the Niners 3 times in his 5-year tenure (3-6 overall record against SF). To make matters worse, the 49ers beat up on the Rams in the 2020 season with a backup quarterback and a heavily depleted roster. They also dismantled the Rams earlier this season in primetime.
Needless to say, a much-needed win this Sunday will not be easy. The 49ers are fighting for their playoff lives, and they will come out absolutely swinging this weekend.
Here is where the 49ers stand:
– The 49ers currently hold the 6 seed in the NFL playoffs with a record of 9-7.
– If the 49ers lose to the Rams, AND the Saints beat the Falcons, the 49ers are pushed out of the playoffs and the Saints clinch the final NFC playoff spot.
– If the 49ers lose to the Rams, AND the Falcons beat the Saints, the 49ers clinch the final NFC playoff spot.
– If the 49ers beat the Rams, they clinch the final NFC playoff spot.
– Cooper Kupp can solidify his legacy by simply existing this weekend (I cannot say this enough).
There could not be more at stake for both teams, and a win over the 49ers would mean so much right now. Nothing would satisfy the Rams more than knocking their rivals out of the playoffs. Not only that, but the Rams would also lock up the 2 seed and the NFC West (as mentioned above). If the team can finally get over this awful hump, they will have more to celebrate than I could ever imagine. This Sunday’s matchup could not be more important, and while it will be difficult, there genuinely could not be a better storybook ending to this season than a Rams win. Let’s do this.