Devonta Freeman rushed for an early score and Matt Bryant kicked four field goals for the Falcons (11-6), who spoiled the Rams' first playoff game in 13 years while showing off the postseason poise they earned from last season's journey to the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles Rams' magical season met an abrupt demise at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and social media definitely didn't help ease the blow. Heightening the drama is the 8:15 p.m. (NBC) primetime start. Bryant had kicks of 25 and 54 yards as the Falcons controlled the clock in the third quarter.
Atlanta needed a victory against the Carolina Panthers last week to secure the final NFC playoff berth and officially knock the Seahawks out of contention.
While the Falcons eventually pulled away, Ryan was harassed for much of the game by the Rams defensive front.
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In some respects, the Falcons could now been seen as playing with house money. They're just trying to get back to a year ago. After the safety, the Falcons took a 14-play, 68 yard drive that lasted 9:33 that saw the Falcons pass the ball only once, converted 2 third downs and one fourth down.
Phillips knew he could work with McVay based on the young coach's relationship with Phillips' son, Wes, who served as McVay's tight ends coach for the previous three seasons while McVay ran the Washington Redskins' offense. Atlanta enters Saturday with 141 combined games of playoff experience on its roster. Per OddsShark, Los Angeles is a 5.5-point favorite, with an over/under total of 48.5 listed.
"It was actually my first year [in Atlanta], so I remember him really well", Quinn said.
"If we do that, and we're locked in for practice and walkthroughs, that's going to give us the best chance to be successful".
The Rams saw one of the NFL's most drastic transformations this season under 31-year-old rookie head coach Sean McVay, becoming the first-ever team go from last in scoring to first in just one season.
Now, it's impossible to expect Atlanta's defence to bottle up Rams star Todd Gurley completely, especially on the ground AND in the passing game... Not only will Foles need to play at a high level when looking at how the Falcons managed to hold the Rams to scoring just 13 points after averaging 29.9 points per game during the regular season, but the Eagles' defense will need to keep Ryan and company in check on offense.