The 2017 calendar year may be over, but the Rams' season continues.
The Rams will make their first playoff appearance in over a decade on Saturday, as Los Angeles plays host to Atlanta in the NFC Wild Card round. The game comes just six days after the club suffered a 34-13 defeat to the 49ers on Sunday.
A shorter work week does mean a break from the Rams' typical seven-day schedule. But with head coach Sean McVay's decision to rest the majority of the club's key players in Week 17, he expressed confidence in the team's ability to seamlessly transition to a six-day practice schedule.
"You're really kind of typically accustomed to having a seven-day work week and now everything gets bumped up," McVay said Monday. "I think fortunately for us with the way that we dealt with last week, it will be a little bit more seamless for us to go on Tuesday and treat it like a normal Wednesday."
L.A. usually holds its first walk-thru of the preparation week on Wednesday before finishing off with two full practices on Thursday and Friday. Saturday's game time will "bump everything up by one day."
"We'll be here a little bit later as a coaching staff today, so we'll probably have a little bit more heavy eyes tomorrow," McVay said. "But it's an exciting thing."
McVay noted that the Falcons — who also played on Sunday, taking home a 22-10 victory over the Panthers — will also follow suit.
"They'll move everything up a day with their normal standard operating procedure with how they handle a normal work week in a game week," he said. "And that's exactly what we'll do."