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How the Rams can clinch a playoff spot in Week 17?

We discuss the scenarios that could see the Los Angeles Rams clinching a playoff spot in Week 17.

The Los Angeles Rams huddle on offense during an NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at SoFi Stadium on December 21, 2023 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Ryan Kang/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams entered 2023 season with low expectations amidst a bit of a rebuild, but they’ve turned things around in a hurry. The Rams beat the Saints in Week 16 to secure their fifth win in six weeks. They improved to 8-7 and now sit in the No. 6 position in the wild card race.

The strong run has put the Rams in position to punch their postseason ticket after missing out last season. They need some help in Week 17, but they are in a good position over the final two weeks.

Sunday Rams result: The Rams escaped an ugly one against the Giants, winning 26-25. LA can clinch if the Seahawks lose to the Steelers.

Sunday Seahawks result: The Seahawks lost to the Steelers, which means the Rams have clinched a wild card berth.

Los Angeles Rams playoff clinching scenarios - Week 17

  • LAR win + SEA loss
  • LAR win + MIN/GB tie

The Rams are traveling to face the Giants on Sunday and are a six-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Giants were impressing for a stretch thanks in part to upstart QB Tommy DeVito. Things have gone south however, and the Rams cannot afford to lose this game.

The Seahawks are hosting the Steelers in Week 17 and are a 3.5-point favorite. Seattle has won two straight, stunning the Eagles and then coming back in the final minute to beat the Titans. Pittsburgh’s quarterback situation has turned into a bit of a mess, but they’re coming off an impressive 34-11 win over the Bengals.

The Vikings are a 1.5-point favorite against the Packers. They’ll be facing off on Sunday Night Football to close out Week 17.