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Ryan leads Falcons' 26-13 playoff win over upstart LA Rams

07 January, 2018, 07:21 | Author: Carla Brady
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The offense that led the National Football League in scoring at 29.9 points per game, joining the 1965 San Francisco 49ers as the only teams in National Football League history to go from worst to first in the category, hopes to bring its elite production into the postseason.

"After sitting out most of the last three games because of injuries, Rams linebacker Mark Barron is on track to start Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC wild-card playoff game at the Coliseum, [head] coach Sean McVay said Thursday", reads Klein's report. After last week's game, Rams coaches weren't sure he'd be able to play.

The Falcons are heading to Philadelphia. "That provides confidence, so I think guys just need to focus on doing the best that they can with where their feet are at that time of the day". They dominated time of possession and softened up the Rams defense. "But you only feel nerves, you only feel pressure and all that stuff if you don't prepare", Rams rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp said. "It was one we've been waiting on to get those kinds of takeaways". Phillips has been a head coach, a defensive mastermind and a steady mentor to generations of football talent during an all-encompassing career, and he shows zero signs of slowing down.

It has been 39 years since the Rams hosted a playoff game in Los Angeles.

If you were told last August the Saints would be NFC South champions after an 11-5 season, your money would've been on Drew Brees dropping another 5,000 yards to go along with at least 35 touchdowns.




Even though the Falcons represented the NFC in the Super Bowl past year, and were considered one of the early favorites to earn a trip to Minnesota this season, it was clear the offense wasn't almost the same from their epic run from a season ago.

Devonta Freeman scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and led the Falcons' ground game with 66 yards.

Todd Gurley has been nothing short of sensational this season and could win the league's MVP prize the night before the Super Bowl.

"I'm O-fer, so I don't have much experience in winning", he joked this week. "I really do. I think he'll continue to grow and really excited what the future holds for him, because I know he'll attack it the right way".

Clinging to a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 26-13, sealing the win with 5:43 remaining. "I don't see a whole lot of difference, except the Super Bowl is the one that stands out from all the other playoff games, as opposed to the big games you play during the year".

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