Rams out of playoff hunt: 'Very humbling season'

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The Rams were officially eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to the Packers on Monday night, the second-earliest that a defending Super Bowl champion has been eliminated in the last 30 years.

Rams eliminated from playoff contention amid 'very humbling season' 12:58 AM ET Sarah BarshopESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee Marquette University graduate GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Los Angeles Rams were eliminated from playoff contention with Monday night's 24-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers , in the midst of what coach Sean McVay called "a very humbling season." Following the game, McVay was asked whether he could have imagined Los Angeles' 4-10 record the season after winning Super Bowl LVI. "I think it's hard to say that you could," McVay said. "You certainly can't, but this is the reality that we're in and this is where we're at. ... My job is to focus on [finishing] up the season with the right competitive spirit, with the mindset and mentality that's reflective of who those guys are in the locker room and who those coaches are. And that's what we'll do. "But there's been a lot of things that I've kind of thought about that I think you can make sense of why you've gotten here, but it still doesn't make it any easier. And it's a very humbling season for sure." Editor's Picks No Mayfield magic as Rams eliminated by Packers 1h Sarah Barshop and Rob Demovsky Donald, Alexander get first NFC Pro Bowl nods 4h Kevin Seifert 2 Related The Rams' elimination came in Week 15, marking the second-earliest that a defending Super Bowl champion has been eliminated in the last 30 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They are the ninth such team to miss the playoffs in that span. The Rams' 10 losses tie the 1999 Broncos for the most ever by a team coming off a Super Bowl victory. "This has been a real struggle in a lot of instances," McVay said. "A lot of adversity that we've gone through. But I think what we've seen from our guys, is they're going to continue to battle. They're going to finish up these last three games the right way, with the right mindset and mentality, and we'll compete to the best of our ability. And that's all I know how to do and I trust that that's exactly what we'll do collectively as a group." On Monday, the Rams were held to 12 points or fewer for the fifth time this season. Los Angeles was held to 12 or fewer points five times in the previous three seasons combined, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Running back Cam Akers said even though the Rams can't make the postseason, the team can play spoiler for their remaining three games. "Obviously not what we wanted it to be, but got to keep going," Akers said. "We got three more games and ... we can piss in other people's cornflakes. If we can, we want to do that. So just want to play these last three games like that."