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Jets stun Rams, LA now matched with Washington in NFC playoff race

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A lot of unpredictable things have happened in 2020, both in general and in terms of the NFL season. However, on one of the last Sundays of the year, one more shocking event occurred.

The New York Jets, a team that entered Week 15 with an 0-13 record, defeated the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 23-20.

For context, the Rams entered 9-4 and were considered one of the top teams in the NFC and a clear Super Bowl contender to most. The Jets were all but written off as going 0-16 and claiming Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Yet, 2020 started 2020-ing again. Somehow New York pulled off potentially the biggest upset of the NFL season.

While it's a major storyline in general, the loss for the Rams has a direct impact on the potential future of the Washington Football Team. Sitting as the four seed with its tenuous lead in the NFC East, Washington began Sunday matched up with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC playoff picture based on the current standings.

Following Washington's loss to Seattle and the Jets win, Los Angeles has fallen to the No. 5 seed while Seattle jumps to No. 3 in the NFC. The Seahawks now lead the NFC West. That sets up a potential Wild Card battle where the Rams travel to Washington and longtime WFT assistant Sean McVay sees his former team. 

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That's a game that has already happened in 2020, and one Washington would like to not repeat. Los Angeles traveled to Washington in Week 5 and picked up a 30-10 win behind a dominant showing on defense. It also marked the return of Alex Smith to the field. 

Granted, Washington is a very different team than it was in Week 5, but McVay and company would provide a tough matchup in the first round of the playoffs. The New York Giants, of course, could win Sunday night vs. Cleveland and put themselves in a position to host the Rams with two weeks left in the regular season.

Things move fast in 2020 and as the Jets just showed, nothing is certain. The New York win pushed them out of the No. 1 pick for the time being and placed Jacksonville at the top of the Lawrence sweepstakes.