The Los Angeles Rams put together a magical 2017 regular season, but it quickly came crashing down in the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons jumped on top early in the wild card round, and held on late for the 26-13 win. The Rams had a couple opportunities to cut into the lead, but they just couldn’t get anything done against an improved Falcons defense.
This comes a week after the Rams benched many of their starters against the San Francisco 49ers. I don’t think it really had any bearing on how the wild card round went down, but it’s still fun to think the 49ers thumping of them impacted their playoff game.
And Adrian Colbert agrees!
They should’ve played they starters last week— AC (@AdrianColbert25) January 7, 2018
This marked the Rams first appearance in the playoffs in over a decade. The big question now is how they look in their return next year. This season does not seem like a fluke, but they still have to build on 2017.
The NFC West is seeing some turnover heading into 2018. We are obviously plenty excited about the 49ers and where Jimmy Garoppolo might take them. On the other hand, the Arizona Cardinals could be closer to rebuilding than contending following the retirements of head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer. And while the Seattle Seahawks stumble this year was due in large part to injuries on defense, their continued offensive line woes are not helping them.
The season is officially over for the NFC West, which means all four teams are looking ahead to a pretty huge 2018. This past season, and particularly the past five weeks, could be the start of a major change for a division that has featured some stability up top the past few years. 2018 could be a fun one!