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Stafford downplays potential playoff run with Lions

Dec 23, 2023 #Detroit Lions, #Stafford

Coming off a 30-22 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams have won five of their last six games and their playoff chances are looking better.

As the Rams get closer and closer to the promised land, a very interesting potential matchup is coming into the spotlight.


If the season ended today, the Rams would be the NFC’s sixth seed and would play the third-seeded Detroit Lions, a team Stafford has played with for more than a decade, in the wild card round.

According to, the Lions are the Rams’ most likely first-round opponent at 24%, tied with the Philadelphia Eagles.

As fun as this matchup was, Stafford and the Rams didn’t even think about who they would face in the playoffs. “No. Like I said, sometimes you have to play hard.” Stafford said on the “Thursday Night Football” postgame show. “We’re just trying to dance.

That’s the main goal. Go ahead and be the top seed. Stay.” And figure out where to go after that. But sometimes there are a lot of football games to play and we have two strong opponents.”

The main reason the Rams aren’t thinking about a playoff opponent is pretty obvious. They failed to clinch a spot in the postseason.

The Lions haven’t officially secured a playoff spot yet, but something would have to go terribly wrong for them to miss out.
What makes this potential fight so interesting is that it’s a “revenge game” on both sides. Not just Stafford, but former Rams and current Lions quarterback Jared Goff as well.

In fact, they were traded for each other in 2021, so there will always be a connection in that sense. The two clubs have met once since the trade, with the Rams winning 28-19 in 2021. RELATED: Matthew Stafford talks about Victory vs. Joined Elite Company from Saints.

Advance to the playoffs for the first time in 30 years. It’s only fitting that Stafford, the winningest quarterback in franchise history, be in the building for such an important occasion.

But as Stafford emphasized, there’s still a lot of football left to be played before we can even think about this matchup.

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