The day after beating the Seattle Seahawks 30-20 to move on to the second round of the NFC playoffs, the Rams waited to find out if they’ll face the Green Bay Packers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers next.

They also awaited updates on some important injured starters.

The Rams know that their game in the Divisional Round will be on the road.

The opponent depends on who wins today’s Wild Card Round game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints (1:40 p.m., Channel 2 in the L.A. area).

If the No. 2 seed Saints (10-1/2-point favorites at home) beat the No. 7 seed Bears, the No. 6 seed Rams would be the lowest remaining seed and thus face the No. 1 seed Packers in Green Bay on Saturday, Jan 16 or Sunday, Jan. 17.

If the Bears beat the Saints, the Bears would play the Packers next and the Rams would face the No. 5 seed Buccaneers.

On paper, the Rams (10-6 in the regular season) would rather play the Bucs (11-5). They won at Tampa Bay 27-24 in Week 11 as Jared Goff completed 39 of 51 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions to out-duel Tom Brady, and Matt Gay kicked the game-winning field goal in his Rams debut.

A game against the Packers (13-3) would match the Rams’ league-leading defense against the highest-scoring team in the NFL this season. The Rams last faced the Packers in 2018, winning 29-27 at the Coliseum as Todd Gurley accounted for 195 yards from scrimmage and Greg Zuerlein kicked the game-winner.

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Rams coach Sean McVay is scheduled to speak with reporters this evening, after he knows who he’s facing next.

McVay is expected to provide injury updates on Goff, who came off the bench to play in Saturday’s victory at Seattle 12 days after having surgery on his fractured and dislocated right thumb; quarterback John Wolford, who started Saturday but suffered a neck injury in the first quarter; defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who left the game in the third quarter with a rib injury; wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who limped to the locker room late in the game with what appeared to be a leg injury; and left guard David Edwards, who came out with an ankle injury.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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