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How L.A. can Clinch a Playoff Berth This Weekend

Posted Dec 6, 2017

It’s complicated, but it’s possible the Rams can clinch their first playoff berth since 2004 in Week 14.

The Rams are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth.

Well, maybe “on the verge” is a bit too strong. Sure, the Rams are 9-3 having compiled a 3-1 record in each of the season’s first three quarters. And Los Angeles does hold a one-game lead in the NFC West with four contests left in the regular season.

But while clinching the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2004 is a possibility as soon as this weekend, it’s going to take a lot of help.

The first element? The Rams have to beat the Eagles. Los Angeles can certainly take care of that on its own.

The rest? Well, the Lions must lose or tie. And the Packers must lose or tie. And the Cowboys must lose or tie. And the Panthers must lose. And the Falcons must lose.

Got all that?

Right now the Rams (9-3) are the No. 3 seed in the NFC and they’ll play the No. 2 Eagles (10-2).

The No. 8 Lions (6-6) play the Buccaneers (4-8) on the road.

The No. 9 Packers (6-6) play the Browns (0-12) on the road.

The No. 10 Cowboys (6-6) play the Giants (2-10) on the road.

The No. 6 Panthers (8-4) play the No. 1 Vikings (10-2) at home.

And, finally, the No. 7 Falcons (7-5) play the No. 4 Saints (9-3) at home for Thursday Night Football.

So, if you’d like to see the Rams clinch this weekend, you’re rooting for the Saints, Vikings, Giants, Browns, and Buccaneers.

And, of course, the team in blue and white at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.