As a result of their victory over the New York Giants, which they won 26-25, and their defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Rams secured a spot in the playoffs on Sunday.
After kicker Mason Crosby missed a field goal from 54 yards out with 35 seconds remaining, the Rams (9-7) were able to pull out a tight victory over the Giants. Los Angeles ran out the clock from there.
Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, stated after the game that there were “a lot of things” that occurred during the game that were “uncharacteristic of playing sharp, good football that I know we’re capable of.”
“We had some uncharacteristic mistakes by some of our guys and I’m excited about being able to say, ‘Hey, it’s going to be a lot more fun cleaning these things up after a win,'” said quarterback McVay.
Before taking a bye in Week 10, the Rams had a record of 3-6 in the beginning of the season. Since then, they have won six of their last seven games. Their single defeat came in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens, who were the top seed in the American Football Conference.
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At the beginning of the season, the over/under for the Los Angeles Rams was 6.5 wins. This was due to the fact that the Rams had lost top defensive personnel over the offseason and carried over large dead money.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Los Angeles Rams have a record of 6-1 since Week 11 that is tied for the second best in the National Football League during that time period. Since Week 11, the Rams have scored an average of 29.3 points, which is the third most in the National Football League during that time period.
A year after a season in which it finished with a record of 5-12 thanks to its triumph in Super Bowl LVI, Los Angeles is back in the playoffs.
As the regular season comes to a close, the Rams will play their final game away from home against the 49ers. On Sunday, San Francisco defeated the Washington Commanders by a score of 27-10, so securing the top seed in the National Football Conference.
McVay stated that the Rams have been in “playoff mode” for the previous few weeks during his postgame news conference, which took place while the Seahawks and Steelers were playing. The Steelers ultimately won the game by a score of 30-23.
“We’ll see what else happens [in the playoff race] and then we will have our plan accordingly,” stated Coach McVay.
“But our focus and concentration will be on cleaning up these mistakes from this game and then doing a great job with our preparation against the No. 1 seed in the NFC.”