The Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles played a thrilling game Week 14 in which the Rams missed an opportunity to distance themselves from the Seattle Seahawks.
After a 43-35 loss to the Eagles, the Rams are still leading the NFC West at 9-4. However, with the Seahawks’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, L.A. had a chance to create some separation from Seattle in a tight division title race.
The Rams and Philadelphia played a great game for three quarters before Carson Wentz exited with a knee injury and was replaced by Nick Foles. Once Wentz went down L.A. took an early 35-31 lead in the fourth quarter.
At home at Los Angeles Coliseum stadium, the stage was set for the Rams to pull away and take a strong hold over first place in the NFC West.
Instead the Eagles’ defense held strong for an entire quarter and didn’t allow L.A. to score again.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 11, 2017
Next week the Rams will face Seattle in a battle for first place. The Seahawks beat L.A. earlier in the season so if the Rams fall and they end Week 15 with an identical record of 9-5, Seattle will take hold of first place leading the season series between the teams 2-0.
If L.A. can beat the Seahawks and end Week 15 at10-4 while dropping Seattle to 8-6, then not only will they even the season series, they’ll also all but guarantee themselves the NFC West title by forcing the Seahawks to win out just to have a chance.
The Rams have responded to adversity all year with a win. Let’s see if they can regroup and respond to their missed opportunity against the Eagles when they face their division foe in Week 15.
It’ll be a tough task but if they can pull it off they’ll be in a good position entering the playoffs, and much better than anyone expected from them this season.