Game Recap: Atlanta ends Rams season 26-13


The defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons went across the country and upset the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams to set up a showdown with the Eagles next Saturday night in the Divisional Round at Lincoln Financial Field (4:35 p.m. on NBC).

"Their rushers are that talented where we didn't want to make it into a drop-back game", Quinn said following the game.

Saturday's test comes in the form of the pesky Atlanta Falcons, who are hell-bent on changing their reputation after the historic collapse against New England in last season's Super Bowl. "That provides confidence, so I think guys just need to focus on doing the best that they can with where their feet are at that time of the day".

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. We thought there would be more space early on in the run game. "They are going to play D, run the ball, throw short passes, run reverses protect the ball, and you wonder how well Philly can score without its quarterback". That could be problematic against the Falcons.

But the offense has been unable to match last year's productivity, dropping from first to 15th in scoring as opponents have held five-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones to just three touchdowns.

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Predecessor Kyle Shanahan had coordinated a 2016 Falcons offense that led the National Football League in scoring at 31.6 offensive points per game.

"Atlanta is really intriguing now", the defensive coach from another team said.

But if they can control the tempo from early on against the birds, they'll give the Coliseum something to rally behind.

The better question, though, remains if they are ready to accept the challenge.

It looked like the Falcons had learned their lesson - for a night and perhaps longer.