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Random Ramsdom: The 49ers clinched the NFC West in Week 15

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 12/18/23

NFL: SEP 17 49ers at Rams Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams came out with a victory on Sunday after they defeated the Washington Commanders. However it’s the San Francisco 49ers who may be celebrating as they officially clinched the NFC West with their win over the Arizona Cardinals.

How far do you expect the 49ers to go? Are you expecting LA to make the playoffs? Any chance the Rams can beat the 49ers to close out the regular season? Please let us know what you think in the comments below and happy victory Monday!

Niners clinch NFC West repeat with win over Cardinals (nfl.com)

“Our number one goal is to get in the playoffs,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said following the victory. “We got that last week. Winning this division, getting it last year, getting is this year, it’s huge. You just want to get in the playoffs, but when you win your division it’s a much better road in the playoffs. The guys were pumped about it. Now our biggest thing is making sure we got two home games. Trying to get a bye, so that’s what we’re focused on now.

As Shanahan said, San Francisco will next look to clinch the NFC’s top seed.

Sunday marks head coach Kyle Shanahan’s third division title since taking over as the 49ers head coach in 2017. In 2019, San Francisco marched to the Super Bowl after winning the division, and last season, it advanced to the NFC Championship Game.”

Matthew Stafford’s 2 touchdowns help Rams to win over Commanders (foxnews)

“Matthew Stafford passed for 258 yards and hit Cooper Kupp and Demarcus Robinson for touchdowns, leading the Los Angeles Rams to a 28-20 victory over the freefalling Washington Commanders on Sunday.

Kupp’s eight receptions for 111 yards were highlighted by a 62-yard TD catch right after halftime for the Rams (7-7), who have won four of five to push their way into the playoff picture even in a self-described remodeling season.

Kyren Williams overcame the first two lost fumbles of his two-year NFL career to rush for 152 yards and a touchdown while his Rams slid into one of the three NFC wild-card playoff positions alongside fellow 7-7 teams New Orleans and Minnesota.”

Jacoby Brissett’s comeback falls short; Washington Commanders lose to the Los Angeles Rams 28-20 (hogshaven)

“The Washington Commanders were down 28-14, and got back in the game after Jacoby Brissett came in and hit Terry McLaurin for a much-needed touchdown. Washington got the ball back and tried to repeat that magic on the next drive. Brissett connected with McLaurin for another big-time throw that was initially ruled a touchdown. McLaurin was down at the 1 yard line, and Washington eventually got it in after multiple tries to cross the goalline.”

2023 NFL season, Week 15: What We Learned from Sunday’s games (nfl.com)

“Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:

LATE WINDOW

San Francisco 49ers 45, Arizona Cardinals 29

Los Angeles Rams 28, Washington Commanders 10

Buffalo Bills 31, Dallas Cowboys 10

EARLY WINDOW

Carolina Panthers 9, Atlanta Falcons 7

Cleveland Browns 20, Chicago Bears 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, Green Bay Packers 20

Miami Dolphins 30, New York Jets 0

New Orleans Saints 24, New York Giants 6

Houston Texans 19, Tennessee Titans 16 (OT)

Kansas City Chiefs 27, New England Patriots 17

SUNDAY NIGHT

Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars”

2023 NFL season, Week 15: What We Learned from Sunday’s games (nfl.com)

“Rams couldn’t put Commanders away in ugly but effective outing. It wasn’t pretty for long stretches, and you’d like to see the Rams play far better than they did against one of the worst teams in the NFL. But they did what they needed to do in a game they had to win to keep their postseason hopes healthy. The Rams were only up 3-0 midway through the second quarter, squandering two scoring chances on fumbles. Los Angeles’ defense did its part to hold Washington early, forcing four first-half three-and-outs and batting away Sam Howell’s fourth-down pass on what could have been a walk-in TD. The Rams’ offense eventually found some rhythm and took care of the ball. Matthew Stafford ended up having a good statistical game, and Cooper Kupp had his second straight 100-yard receiving effort. They connected for a 62-yard strike to start the third quarter and make it a 20-0 lead. The Rams’ defense allowed three second-half TD drives, including one after Washington replaced Howell with Jacoby Brissett. But the offense held serve with two TD drives of its own, doing just enough to hit .500 with three games left.”