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Game Recap: Atlanta ends Rams season 26-13

07 January, 2018, 07:51 | Author: Joan Malone

The Falcons' experience in the playoffs could come into play. The Falcons, looking to get back to the Super Bowl after a disastrous loss to the New England Patriots in last years championship game, got a strong performance from kicker Matt Bryant who made all four kicks, including one from 54 yards, while quarterback Matt Ryan would complete his night throwing for 218 yards on 21 of 30, and 1 touchdown.

The Falcons are heading to Philadelphia.

The Atlanta Falcons survived a scare in the National Football League playoffs as they outlasted the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in Saturday's NFC wildcard game. The three takeaways, all of them coming on Cam Newton interceptions, ended up being the only time this season that Atlanta forced three turnovers in a game.

Everything we just said looks like the Rams should win.

Not getting in their own way, like the Chargers are excellent at, is one thing. Atlanta does have a very athletic defense and they will need every ounce of it against a Rams side that is potent running the ball with Todd Gurley and passing the ball with Jared Goff which makes them a very tough out.

The Los Angeles Rams haven't been to the playoffs in 13 years. Minnesota is 13-3, but are you going to trust a playoff team with quarterback Case Keenum, who couldn't cut it in his first four National Football League seasons with Houston or the Rams?

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With two more touchdowns against the Titans, Gurley finished with 19 in just 15 games (he sat out the finale against the San Francisco 49ers to rest for the playoffs). That 42-14 loss to the Falcons was a catalyst in the Rams' transformation from LA laughingstocks to NFC West champions, because coach Jeff Fisher was sacked the next day. In fact, the Falcons have allowed just one 100-yard rusher all season (Jay Ajayi, Week 6 vs. Miami).

Quinn was the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida when Gurley II starred as a freshman at Georgia in 2012, and in the rivalry game that year in Jacksonville, it was the Bulldogs, led by 118 yards and a touchdown from Gurley II, that upset then No. 3 Florida 17-9.

After a frighteningly unproductive 2016 season, Gurley led the league in total yards from scrimmage in 2017 and is a legit MVP candidate.

"I'm O-fer, so I don't have much experience in winning", he joked this week. "I knew he was good, but I didn't know he was better than everybody". "So he had kind of the combination of the make you miss and the ability to kind of size you up and run you over".

They never faced each other in the postseason while the Rams were in L.A. the first time around (the Falcons and St. Louis Rams did meet in the 2004 divisional round). Jones, who was targeted 10 times, caught nine of Ryan's passes for 94 yards and the aforementioned game-sealing touchdown. Heightening the drama is the 8:15 p.m. (NBC) primetime start.


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