As the NFL enters its divisional round of playoff games — aka the conference semifinals — this weekend, few teams are as familiar with the league's Final 8 as the Rams.

Befitting a team that played the league's fourth-toughest schedule, the Rams played nearly half their schedule — seven games — against teams still alive in the playoffs. That's tied for the league high.

The Rams played NFC West rivals San Francisco and Seattle twice apiece; played one game apiece against Carolina and New Orleans of the NFC South; and one game against Indianapolis of the AFC South.

The Rams defeated the Saints and Colts, but went a combined 0-5 against the 49ers, Seahawks, and Panthers. The Carolina game in Week 7 was the contest in which quarterback Sam Bradford suffered his season-ending knee injury. The Rams outplayed Seattle in the first meeting of the season on Oct. 28 at the Edward Jones Dome, but couldn't reach the end zone in the final minute of play despite having a first-and-goal at the Seattle 6. They lost 14-9.

Four other NFL teams played seven regular-season against the remaining playoff field: Arizona, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Houston. Three of those four teams played the NFL's toughest schedules in 2013. Tampa Bay played the toughest schedule — its foes had a combined winning percentage of .574; followed by Houston (.559) and Atlanta (.553). Rams' opponents had a winning percentage of .551, making it the fourth-toughest schedule.

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Jim Thomas is the lead Rams beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.