Rams playoff picture: Los Angeles’ updated chances to make 2023 NFL playoffs after win over Giants

Matthew Stafford has found a new lease on life, accounting for nearly 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2023. Fueled by his improved production, the Rams could find themselves in a place that seemed ever-so-unlikely a few months earlier: the postseason.

With Los Angeles’ 26-25 win over the Giants in Week 17, the Rams improved their record to 9-7. They’ve maintained a wild-card spot amid the shadows, outpacing their lower-level NFC foes to cement their status as one of the conference’s better teams.

Stafford has been sparkling for much of the campaign. But he certainly isn’t alone. Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp make for one of the most menacing receiving duos in all of football. Aaron Donald is Aaron Donald. And Kyren Williams — once a little-known former fifth-rounder — has developed into one of the sport’s most productive runners.

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It hasn’t been the perfect season for Sean McVay’s squad, but the team is in a better position than most entering the final week of the year. Here’s what you need to know about where Los Angeles stands in the playoff race following its Week 16 victory over New York.

Rams playoff picture

The Rams improved to 9-7 on the year with their victory over New York on Sunday. As such, they retained their place in a wild-card place for another week, slotting in as the NFC’s No. 6 seed.

Los Angeles stands one game above its closest wild-card competitor not tethered to a postseason spot at present: the Saints.

Here is an updated look at the NFC wild-card standings.

Place Team Record
WC1 Eagles 11-5
WC2 Rams 9-7
WC3 Seahawks 8-7
Saints 8-8
Vikings 7-8
Packers 7-8
Bears 7-9
Falcons 7-9

MORE: Updated NFL standings, playoff picture for Week 16

Rams remaining schedule 2023

The final game of the Rams’ 2023 season will pit Los Angeles against the NFC West-winning 49ers in a road duel at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco looks like an imposing threat on paper. However, with the Niners likely to rest key players to mitigate injury risk, perhaps the Rams can find a way to pick up a momentous — and playoff-clinching — win on the road.

The Rams certainly will have their work cut out for them, especially when compared to the teams battling for wild-card billing with them. Seattle faces 4-12 Arizona in its final contest of the year, while the Saints are poised for a potential NFC South decider with the Falcons. The Vikings will butt heads with the 11-5 Lions. The Bears and Packers will also face-off against one another, further muddying the waters among teams vying for postseason consideration.

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