Atlanta Falcons 26 Los Angeles Rams thirteen: Matt Ryan and Co school Rams’ young guns to take first step to Super Bowl redemption

REJUVENATED Atlanta Falcons tamed free-scoring Los Angeles Rams on Wild Card Saturday.

Matt Ryan and Co sneaked into the play-offs in week 17 after struggling an early-season hangover from their sickening Super Bowl extra time loss the the New England Patriots in Houston final February.

 Julio Jones caught an eight-yard TD pass to clinch it for Atlanta Falcons

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Julio Jones caught an eight-yard TD cross to clinch it for Atlanta Falcons
 Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and a touchdown in Falcons win

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Matt Ryan handed for 218 yards and a landing in Falcons win

However they used all their publish-season expertise to train the Rams’ young guns a harsh lesson on the Coliseum.

Ryan handed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an eight-yard landing within the fourth quarter to clinch it.

Nevertheless it was a stellar show by the defence – and some massive performs on particular groups – that earned the snug 26-thirteen victory for the defending NFC champions.

The Rams have been the highest-scoring group within the common season, averaging over 29 factors a recreation.

 Todd Gurley could not shine for the Rams as Falcons defence dominated

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Todd Gurley couldn’t shine for the Rams as Falcons defence dominated

 Devonta Freeman is carried over the line by Alex Mack for Atlanta Falcons' first TD

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Devonta Freeman is carried over the road by Alex Mack for Atlanta Falcons' first TD

However, led by sophomore quarterback Jared Goff, they seemed shaky at occasions of their first playoff recreation since 2005.

Goff obtained off to a sluggish begin, and Pharoh Cooper and Blake Countess misplaced fumbles on kick returns to assist the Falcons take an early thirteen-zero lead, by way of Devonta Freeman’s three-yard run.

The Rams discovered some rhythm on the finish of the first half when Goff discovered Cooper Kupp for a 35-yr landing, and a Sam Ficken subject aim minimize the deficit to three.

However Atlanta opened the second half with two time-consuming drives that resulted in Bryant subject objectives, together with a fifty four-yarder, to take a 19-10 lead into the fourth quarter.

 Cooper Kupp scored a 35-yard touchdown to keep the LA Rams in it at half-time

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Cooper Kupp scored a 35-yard landing to maintain the LA Rams in it at half-time

These drives sapped the power out of the Ram defence, and Ryan discovered Jones on the finish of an eight-play, eighty three-yard drive to make it 26-thirteen with 5.38 remaining.

Jones had 9 catches for ninety four yards. Goff led the Rams again down the sector however couldn't full the drive and all hopes was misplaced once they turned the ball over on downs on the Atlanta 5-yard line.

Ryan stated: “This recreation was sort of the best way our season was, we had to grind it out.

 Matt Bryant was imperious with the boot as he kicked four field goals for the Atlanta Falcons

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Matt Bryant was imperious with the boot as he kicked 4 subject objectives for the Atlanta Falcons

“It doesn't matter the place we're going, we're going. It doesn't matter. Hold it going is our essential aim.”

Atlanta with now face Philadelphia Eagles for a spot within the convention ultimate.

And, with Carson Wentz dominated out for the NFC East champions, Ryan and Co will probably be ever extra assured of a shot of Super Bowl redemption in Minnesota subsequent month.

 

REJUVENATED Atlanta Falcons tamed free-scoring Los Angeles Rams on Wild Card Saturday.