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Rams vs. Lions: How to watch kickoff, TV schedule, live stream, radio and more

NFL: Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams
Swapped QB’s in a stare down
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Underdog. The perfect term to describe the Los Angeles Rams in 2023 as they prepare to visit the Detroit Lions tonight in the Super Wild Card Round of NFL playoffs. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PST from Ford Field in the heart of the Motor City.

No matter what definition you apply, a competitor that is expected to lose a contest or a group at a disadvantage because of less money or power than the rest. The L.A. Rams fit, whether the perceived lack of talent, the purging of high-priced, high-profile players that came with eating a vast amount of dead money, or making a sudden lurch towards a youth movement. While some are big enough to come forward with a mea culpa, the fact remains that, according to almost all NFL pundits and experts, L.A. is not supposed to be in this position.

And if the Rams being here isn’t a big enough Cinderella story, how about the Detroit Lions. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2016, haven’t hosted a playoff game since 1993, and you have to go back all the way to 1991 for a post season victory. All told, the Lions have lost nine consecutive playoff tilts.

Although the Rams and Lions aren’t a historically heated rivalry, it is a long one, The two have been battling each other since 1937, with the Rams holding a slim margin of success 45-41-1. The only playoff meeting between the two was back in 1952 and the Lions took that one by a 31-21 score on their way to the NFL Championship.

Recent L.A./Detroit history warms up starting in 2021. That year, the Lions Brad Holmes hired as General Manager and executive vice-president. He had spent his entire personnel career with the Rams, beginning as a scout in 2003 and spending eight seasons as Director of college scouting under St.L/L.A. GM Les Snead.

The two ex-compatriots combined for a blockbuster trade as Holmes’ first Lions move, swapping starting quarterbacks. The Rams received Matthew Stafford and Detroit welcomed Jared Goff and a small ransom of draft picks. Holmes also brought along ex-Rams players Michael Brockers, Josh Reynolds, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Khadarel Hodge, and JuJu Hughes. Holmes also attracted another long-time Ram, Ray Agnew, L.A.’s Director of pro player personnel, to be his assistant GM.

Who fits into the size-13 glass slipper and moves on the Divisional round? Here’s how to find out.

How to follow the game

Date: Sunday, January 14

Kickoff: 5 p.m. PST

Location: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

Watch it on live TV: Nationally on NBC, Peacock, and Universo,

Live stream: Amazon Prime and a host of other streaming services including LA Rams Mobile App, NFL+, ESPN+, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Hulu Live TV, and Sling TV

Listen: ESPNLA 710 AM, KWKW 1330 AM, JACK 93.1 FM

ESPNLA’s affiliate radio stations:

  • KMET/1490 AM & 98.1 FM - Banning, CA
  • KFIG/1430 AM & 790 FM – Fresno, CA
  • KAVL/610 AM & 106.7 FM – Lancaster, CA
  • KRHQ/102.3 AM - Palm Springs, CA
  • KTIE/590 AM – Riverside, CA
  • KGB/760 AM – San Diego, CA
  • KXTK/1280 AM & 101.7 FM – San Luis Obispo, CA
  • KSMA/1240 AM & 99.5 FM - Santa Maria, CA

En Español: Tu Liga Radio 1330 AM

Tu Liga Radio’s affiliate radio stations:

  • KTMZ/1220 AM – Pomona, CA
  • KCAL/1410 AM – San Bernardino and Riverside, CA
  • KOXR 910 AM – Oxnard and Ventura, CA

Current betting odds @ DraftKings Sportsbook

Line: LA Rams +3 -110 / DET Lions -110

Over/under total: over 51.5 -112 / under 51.5 -108

Money line: LA Rams +136 / DET Lions -162