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Rams bring the NFL playoffs back to L.A., while Chargers are left at home

By in Press Enterprise on January 1, 2018

By Ryan Kartje

A year ago, this was only a pipe dream.

The NFL’s first season back in Los Angeles, after 22 years in exile, had been a disaster. The Rams scraped together just four wins. Their coach was fired, their stadium was half-empty. A home playoff game in Los Angeles seemed as distant as it had the previous two decades, when L.A. had no team at all.

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But on Sunday, as a meaningless game was played at the Coliseum, a celebration no one in their right mind would’ve predicted raged on, nonetheless. A banner hung near the entrance of Lot 2, where the most diehard of Rams fans tailgated since last season. Fans danced in front of it, toasting Bud Lites as Snoop Dogg played on the boombox. “NFC West Division Champions,” the banner read.

If you hadn’t watched the Rams’ stunning turnaround from its start, you might not have believed what you saw. But indeed, it had been true for more than a week by then, a seemingly impossible dream realized.

The Los Angeles Rams are bound for the NFL playoffs.

On Saturday, they’ll host the Falcons in a home playoff game at the Coliseum, where an NFL playoff game hasn’t been played in 24 years. Atlanta, the reigning NFC champion, have won six of its last eight with their only two losses coming against fellow NFC playoff teams.

“The game of our life is next week,” said Rams guard Rodger Saffold, […]    

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