Falcons Grab Early Lead After Costly Rams Mistake

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.

The comparisons are well known, with many saying Goff is the next Matt Ryan.

The Rams (11-5) are the new kids on the playoff block, led by 31-year-old coach Sean McVay, who turned second-year quarterback Jared Goff from a bust into a solid starting National Football League quarterback over the course of one offseason.

Atlanta Falcons plus-6 vs. Los Angeles Rams, $660 to win $600: The Rams have the NFL's highest scoring team.

The Rams are gearing up to take on the Falcons on Saturday night at the Coliseum, their first postseason game since 2004. Heightening the drama is the 8:15 p.m. (NBC) primetime start.

Los Angeles can not afford to let Julio Jones get hot early in this game, otherwise all they'll be doing is playing catch up and hoping for a stop to try and get back in control of things. Maybe this is the year that finally happens for Atlanta?

They had to settle for field goals on four of six scoring drives. "I think he looks at it as a great opportunity and we trust that he's going to make good decisions".

On the other side, it'll be a workhorse handling the load for the Rams.

The Rams have the youngest team in the league, which can be a Catch-22.

The Coliseum should be filled with Rams fans, many of which will be experiencing their first postseason game.

The young Rams served notice of their vast potential with a 42-7 shellacking of the Seahawks - who had won the NFC West three of the previous four years - in Seattle two weeks ago. Los Angeles? Just 21. If you liked what you read, send me a tip! "When I say that, I have a whole lot of respect for experience and what that does and the value that it provides". I think we feel the same way and try to operate the same way and have confidence in each other like he has confidence in us. But these are two vastly different teams now.

The Falcons have the game's best wide receiver in Julio Jones, a veteran quarterback in Matt Ryan, and accomplished running game with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Ryan threw for 4,095 yards but just 20 touchdowns - his fewest since tossing 16 as a rookie in 2008. And the best way to slow down that pressure is to establish a ground game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Pro-Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper fumbled the ball, giving the Falcons the ball on the Rams 31-yard line. Saturday he will go against Ben Garland, who has been decent taking the place of Andy Levitre.

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