Rams takeaways: Atlanta pulls aways for first-round win; face Eagles next

Rams takeaways: Atlanta pulls aways for first-round win; face Eagles next

Rams takeaways: Atlanta pulls aways for first-round win; face Eagles next

The loss by the Rams ended a remarkable turnaround year in which the team improved by seven wins from last season, while its offense went from the worst in the N.F.L.to the most potent.

When the Rams (11-5) face the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) on Saturday night at the Coliseum, Phillips will be going after his second championship in three seasons after winning his first Super Bowl with Denver just two years ago.

Despite all the punchlines, the Rams hardly have reason to hang their heads.

Sean McVay, the likely NFL Coach of the Year, looks to have solved the riddle that was their quarterback situation, while Gurley has come back from a disappointing season in 2016.

The Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams meet up in, arguably, the best Wild Card matchup of Wild Card Round weekend.

"I don't see a whole lot of difference, except the Super Bowl is the one that stands out from all the other playoff games, as opposed to the big games you play during the year".

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From the season-opening escape in Chicago to the must-win finale in front of their home fans, the Atlanta Falcons have spent the entire season living on the edge, which might actually be to their advantage as the 2017 NFL Playoffs begin.

Atlanta let an early double-digit lead slip away before holding on at the Los Angeles Coliseum, setting up a showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in next week's NFC divisional round. They're just trying to get back to past year. Scarcely a day went by during the Rams' playoff push when McVay didn't publicly express his gratitude for being able to rely on the experiences and strategies accumulated by Phillips.

The young Rams served notice of their huge potential with a 42-7 shellacking of the Seahawks - who had won the NFC West three of the previous four years - in Seattle two weeks ago. While the Rams will have some questions to solve on defense, offense won't be an issue moving into 2018.

Donald has been a Pro Bowler in each of his four seasons and, after collecting 11 sacks during the regular season to give him 39 for his career, Donald is set for a huge payday this offseason.

This was most evident on the Rams' possession right before the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. Only six Rams players have ever been in postseason games. "I knew he was good, but I didn't know he was better than everybody".

Pharoh Cooper, another Rams reserve wide receiver who also serves as LA's primary kickoff and punt return man, has a shoulder injury that had coaches concerned, especially since he was unable to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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