It is hard to remember the last time the Rams have played a meaningful regular season game. But this Sunday they will take on the Kansas City Chiefs, and the outcome of the game may have serious implications on their playoff hopes.
The last time they've been in a game this meaningful? The 2004 season against the New York Jets for the season finale in St. Louis. The Rams entered that game with a 7-8 record, and they needed a win in order to qualify for the wild-card. The Rams beat the Jets in overtime 32-29. They moved on to the wild-card round of the playoffs, and beat the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams then lost in the divisional round to the Atlanta Falcons. Had they lost that game to the Jets, they would've never been in the playoffs at all.
The same could be true for this Sunday. A loss doesn't necessarily eliminate them, but it could put them into a 'sudden-death' situation for the final two games of the season. If they do win, then they will have a great shot at winning the division, even if they win just one of the two final games (against San Francisco in St. Louis, and against the Seahawks in Seattle).
The Rams match up well against the Chiefs, especially since they are a run first team. Also, the Rams may be blessed with the opportunity to play against the Chiefs' disastrous back-up quarterback Brodie Croyle, with starter Matt Cassel listed as questionable. But I will discuss all of this later in the week in my pre-game articles.
For now, just know that this is a huge game, and it would be very helpful if Rams didn't have to face a sea of red in their home stadium. Meaning if you are a real fan, and if you want to see a win, then don't sell your ticket to a Chiefs fan; and if you are 'on the fence' regarding whether or not you will buy a ticket, don't think, just do it. Since both teams are in Missouri, and since Kansas City is a very popular team, the Rams need help from their fans if they want that home-field advantage.