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 post-season poise they earned from last season's journey to the Super Bowl. The Falcons are a wild-card team.
The Falcons advanced to face the top-seeded Eagles on January 13 in Philadelphia.
On the other side, it'll be a workhorse handling the load for the Rams. "I mean I'm not 100 percent, but this actually probably is the best I've felt in a couple of months, so I'm feeling pretty good".
The Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams meet up in, arguably, the best Wild Card matchup of Wild Card Round weekend. They dominated time of possession and softened up the Rams defense. "That is the least of your concerns, just from having experienced what we have with Jared and kind of the way that he's wired and that's why we feel like he's special".
Not getting in their own way, like the Chargers are excellent at, is one thing. 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. Should McVay win one game, two games, three games, four games or no games in this postseason run, the 31 year old will have moved the needle beyond the conventional wisdom.
Our models see Hooper collecting just 2.8 catches and 28.3 yards for 5.9 FanDuel points against the Rams.
Don't forget that earlier in the season, it was an over the hill, out of the game Mike Martz who lobbed some fire towards the first time/first year head coach saying that the Rams hired a buddy for Goff. The Falcons corralled MVP candidate Todd Gurley, who led the NFC in rushing despite sitting out the season finale, for much of the game.
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. "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".
Ryan capped an eight-play, 83-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jones that put Atlanta in front 26-13 midway through the fourth quarter.
This good news for the Falcons is that while the NFC playoff field is solid, there are no dominant teams.