The Rams are gearing up to take on the Falcons on Saturday night at the Coliseum, their first postseason game since 2004. Quarterback Jared Goff got off to a slow start, and Pharoh Cooper and Blake Countess lost fumbles on kick returns, leading to 10 first-half points for Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper is not projected to see much action in Saturday's Wild Card Game versus the Los Angeles Rams. Instead, the Falcons hope to remain hot against an Eagles team that has looked anything but impressive over the last few weeks, as Nick Foles has been struggling to fill the void left by Carson Wentz at quarterback.
"This game was kind of the way our season was, we had to grind it out", Ryan said.
On the other side, it'll be a workhorse handling the load for the Rams.
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff said the team has played in plenty of big games this season and this Saturday's National Football League playoff wild card round game against the Atlanta Falcons will be another big contest. 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.More news: With shares vesting, Iovine to leave Apple
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Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta-area media on Thursday that Freeman "showed no limitations while running and cutting" during Atlanta's team practice on Thursday.
It's going to sting for a while for the Rams and for their fans, both in St. Louis and Los Angeles, because the wounds are still fresh and there won't be any more games until August. But Ryan has his team back in the postseason despite a big dropoff in points and yards. 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. They're also 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, are winless at 0-4 against the number in their last four playoff road games, and are 1-6-1 at the betting window in their last eight games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous contest.
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.
"That's not something I worry about or think about too much", he said. "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". They are a young team and Goff, just in his second season, hooked up with rookie receiver Cooper Kupp for a second-quarter touchdown pass.