INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The lyrics of Randy Newman’s iconic song “I Love L.A.” blasted inside a fanless SoFi Stadium as the Los Angeles Rams retreated to a celebratory locker room with a playoff berth secured.
“We get an opportunity to play for it all now,” Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said after an 18-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. “All we had to do was win this game, get our foot in, and now that’s all we need.”
The Rams finish 10-6 and earn the No. 6 seed, marking their third playoff berth in four seasons under coach Sean McVay.
They will play the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks (12-4) in the wild-card round next Saturday at Lumen Field.
“That’s what we wanted,” Donald said about the matchup. “That’s exactly what we wanted.”
The Seahawks and Rams split their regular-season series, though the Seahawks clinched the division title with a 20-9 win over the Rams in Week 16.
“Unbelievable, I don’t think you could ask for much more,” McVay said about returning to Seattle.
The biggest question now facing McVay and the Rams is who will play quarterback when the playoffs begin.