California Dreamin': Falcons Begin Road Back to Super Bowl vs. Rams

Tricia Pearson
January 7, 2018

A 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff is scheduled.

Already making 14 regular-season appearances as a member of the Rams this season, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defender has produced 86 total tackles, one sack, three interceptions and four pass defenses. Woods, who is only 25, was electric on Saturday with nine catches for 142 yards.

The Falcons continued to chew clock while moving the ball, with the Rams essentially only getting one possession in the third quarter.

Just imagine how much this team improved in the first year under McVay and imagine how much improvement is still to be made between Year 1 and Year 2. Atlanta has held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in five of the last six games, surrendering just 84 yards per game on the ground over that span. The Rams had a streak of 10 straight losing seasons, but turned things around under first-year coach Sean McVay.

Cooper is a Pro Bowl selection after a strong season on special teams.

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The Falcons' offence got back to its methodical work in the second half, mounting two clock-chewing drives ending in field goals by Bryant. Atlanta took over once again in Rams territory, on the 32-yard line.

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. Freeman rushed for 66 yards, and Mohamed Sanu had a key 52-yard gain on a fourth-quarter screen pass while finishing with four catches for 75 yards.

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is on quite a run. "I try to focus or worry or lend my brain space to trying to win games". He was 4-for-4 on Saturday night against the Rams and went 5-for-5 against the Panthers in Week 17. If not for an inconsequential missed field goal at the end of the Seahawks' game on Sunday, it would have been the Falcons' three-point victory in Seattle on November 20 that would have proved the tiebreaker.

The juxtaposition of the two franchises makes for an interesting storyline as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is expecting 70,000 fans for the first National Football League playoff game at the stadium in 40 years. Atlanta is the playoff savvy team here but they are a much different team and I think the Rams just have the swagger this season and with Gurley good to go I think he makes the difference and gives the Rams a close cover.

The best of that news probably came Friday, when the Rams released their official Wild Card Game injury report and only one player's name was listed on it.

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