Despite setback, Rams take a confident streak into playoffs

The Rams were all set to go into the postseason with a winning streak, a victory over a potential playoff opponent and relatively good health to stoke their confidence of making a run to the Super Bowl.

Then that all fell apart when a season’s worth of inconsistency reared up and turned a 17-3 halftime lead into a 27-24 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

All except the confidence, to hear them tell it.

“It didn’t go anywhere,” Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein said Monday. “I mean, that was a war. It was a tough game. There’s obviously things we can clean up from that game. But you take confidence not from one game. You take it from the whole 17-game season.”

The question hangs over the fourth-seeded Rams (12-5) as they get ready to host the fifth-seeded Arizona Cardinals (11-5) on Monday night in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

After beating two playoff-caliber teams in seven tries during the regular season, can the Rams expect to string together three wins against playoff opponents to get to a home-field Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium, and a fourth to win the championship?

Rams coach Sean McVay, admittedly “pissed” about the Rams’ come-from-ahead loss right after the game Sunday, brightened the next day and shrugged off the significance of dropping the last game before the playoffs.

“Winning or losing (at the end) really hasn’t been much of a…

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