Los Angeles Rams face their biggest test of the season now

Esther Moore
January 7, 2018

With that said, there is still time to purchase tickets to watch the Rams compete live in their first playoff game since 2004. Leading the charge was Aaron Donald.

The Falcons know they can outscore anyone despite seeing more than a 10-point drop-off in their scoring average from a year ago. While the Falcons have been inconsistent at times all season, they are the defending NFC champions. But they're going against a Rams' offense led by a creative young head coach, Sean McVay, who calls plays for the NFL's high-scoring unit (29.9 points) and ranked 10th in total offense (361.5). But as the week moved along, the news about player availability continued to get better and better.

Matt Ryan threw a clinching touchdown pass to Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons made big plays on special teams to spoil the Los Angeles Rams' return to the playoffs with a 26-13 win Saturday in an NFC wild-card game at Los Angeles Memorial Stadium.

Even though the Falcons represented the NFC in the Super Bowl previous 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 and Tevin Coleman don't garner the attention that Todd Gurley receives, but that's mostly because they share touches in Atlanta. The offensive line hasn't been as stout despite another Pro Bowl season from center Alex Mack. It's impossible to say until game time, but it's hard to believe McVay won't have his team prepared for Saturday's big game. He doesn't want to get caught up in discussions about his legacy, and whether he has what it takes to win a Super Bowl.

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"I'm O-fer, so I don't have much experience in winning", he joked this week. And the Falcons would have had poor field position for nearly the entire game had it not been for those recoveries. I'm lucky to have a lot of good friends around this league.

It's there for the Falcons, if only they play to the level of their talent.

Ryan has won 95 of 158 career starts in the regular season, but he's only 3-5 in the playoffs, and 0-2 on the road.

The Falcons snuck into the postseason with a week 17 victory and have locked up the second wild card spot setting them up for a date on Saturday with the resurgent Los Angeles Rams who have been remarkable to watch this season and are a very risky team on both sides of the football. "That creates some problems, but we'll have a plan to account for where he's at, and we certainly trust our guys up front to play well".

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