Special teams spark Falcons past Rams

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The Falcons got two more field goals from Matt Bryant to take a 19-10 lead against the Rams in their wild-card game.

The Falcons are seeking a different kind of history.

McVay and Phillips seemed to be an odd-couple pairing when they first teamed up last January, but they've reveled in their differences.

After the 2003 year where a fractured fibula took Vick out for the most of the season and dashed away any chances for the Falcons that year, a new system under Jim Mora took place as well as the drafting of Roddy White, signing of defensive tackle Rod Coleman, and the continuing emergence of LB Keith Brooking and DE Patrick Kerney.

Los Angeles Rams' magical season met an abrupt demise at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and social media definitely didn't help ease the blow.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) reacts on the bench against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But the question of which team shows up for the playoffs lingers.

Rams tickets - and lots of them - are reportedly still available for this Saturday's Wild Card game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.




Los Angeles now has the highest-scoring offense in the National Football League, and Goff is the one with the higher passer rating, more touchdowns and fewer interceptions.

They'll need their star running back and league MVP candidate in Todd Gurley to be lights and to be an x-factor, especially without their best special teams unit available with the absence of Greg Zuerlein.

According to Pro Football Reference, Kupp finished tied for third in the NFL in red-zone targets (23) despite missing the season's final game.

This year may not have been the year for the Rams to win a second championship, but they are not going anywhere and will be an NFC contender for the foreseeable future. "We knew the physicality of style we wanted to play, so I definitely had an eye on him and looked at him and evaluated him".

"We do a very good job throughout the week of getting ourselves prepared and ready to play", Ryan said Tuesday. In the last game I thought they moved the ball really well. 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.

Against Seattle, Gurley scored four touchdowns in addition to 180 yards from scrimmage. But the team was a awful 1-for-5 in the red zone.

The Falcons also have a reliable kicker in Matt Bryant, who made four field goals, including a career postseason long from 54 yards.

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