The Los Angeles Rams claimed a wild card berth this season and will face the Detroit Lions in the 2024 NFL Playoffs. The Rams closed out their season with a 21-20 win over to the 49ers in Week 18. They had already secured a playoff berth the week prior, but Sunday’s win locked them into the No. 6 spot.
The Rams were expected to be no better than third best in the NFC West and likely building for the future. Instead, Matthew Stafford has impressed and the Rams offense entered Week 18 ranked seventh in DVOA. The Rams opened the season 3-6 and went into their Week 10 bye in a tailspin. Since returning to action, they won six of seven to clinch a playoff berth in Week 17.
2024 Wild Card round matchup
Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions
The Rams and Lions did not face off during the 2023 regular season. The last time they met was in Octotber of 2021, with the Rams winning 28-19. The last playoff game between these two was in 1952.
LA will face a Detroit team that ranked seventh in overall DVOA entering Week 18. Detroit was fifth on offense and 13th on defense, with a 19th-ranked special teams squad. The Lions won the NFC North with a 12-5 record. They had clinched the division title when they beat the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 and added another win over the Vikings in Week 18 for the cherry on top. They finished tied with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC playoff standings, but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The biggest storyline is we’ll see Matthew Stafford returning to his long-time Detroit home, and Jared Goff faces off against his former team.