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Dec 9, 2019, 1:43:00 PM

The key takeaways from Week 14 in the NFL

Every victory becomes more significant at this stage, with each loss also becoming critical for sides who still have hopes of sneaking into the playoffs at the bottom of the draw.

Here, we take a look at which games lit up Week 14, and what this all means for the teams hoping to join these winning sides in the winter postseason.

The Los Angeles Rams pulled off one of the upsets of the weekend when they beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-12.

 Out of nowhere, they suddenly look capable of beating even the best sides, and if they win their next three games, they could well end up back in the playoff picture.

Memories of a poor earlier season could easily be erased if they find a way to up their game.

Jared Goff is in good form in particular – he passed 293 yards and threw for two touchdowns, with two interceptions to keep everything running.

At the same time, the Rams sacked opposite number Russell Wilson five times. 

For Seattle, this is troubling, but they should still make the playoffs.

 In one of the matches of the season so far, the San Francisco 49ers delivered an incredible last-minute win over the New Orleans Saints to triumph 48-46.

They were behind until the last play with just seconds on the clock when they kicked for a field goal to send the crowd wild.

The 49ers are still not assured of playoff progress thanks to how tight the NFC is, so this victory was essential

They are still one of the sports betting favourites to go on and have a deep run in the postseason, and it is victories such as this, where they are able to dig deep and use their offence and defence to good effect, that will be key to highlighting their Super Bowl credentials. 

The Saints are 10-3 for the season and are not looking so bad, but they will need a relative miracle to get the top spot in the NFC.

For the Baltimore Ravens, a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills felt like business as usual.

They recorded their ninth win in a row to go to 11-2 for the season and secure their playoff confirmation

The lack of celebration from the Ravens players shows how switched on and determined they are to secure the number one seed.

They could take some stopping at this stage.

Words: Luke Donovan

Images: PA