QB making his sixth playoff trip with Falcons

Sean McVay

Rams QB Jared Goff admits he'll be nervous, like any other game, before taking the field in the National Football League playoffs on Saturday against Atlanta.

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.

But Atlanta have the play-off experience, players who have been there and done it, and a side that is hungry to set the record straight after a humiliating loss to the New England Patriots in Houston last February.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) reacts on the bench against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Quinn was the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida when Gurley II starred as a freshman at Georgia in 2012, and in the rivalry game that year in Jacksonville, it was the Bulldogs, led by 118 yards and a touchdown from Gurley II, that upset then No. 3 Florida 17-9.

The last time Los Angeles had the opportunity to play postseason football, they played these same Falcons, but in the Georgia Dome with Michael Vick on the opposite sideline.

Jared Goff made a few fantastic throws, but he was wildly inconsistent.

Ryan finished 21 of 30 for 218 yards. Todd Gurley got going too late to help, although he did finish with 101 yards rushing.

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Phillips changed the Rams' scheme from a 4-3 front to a 3-4, but that strategy includes many lineups with five players hitting the line and four-man rushes. Cooper bobbled several other kicks as jitters were clearly a factor.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rams are now 5.5-point home favorites to beat the Falcons, who opened as a 4.5-point road underdog earlier in the week.

The comparisons are well known, with many saying Goff is the next Matt Ryan. The fourth-year defensive tackle from Pitt was a disruptive force on almost every play.

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.

Now in the midst of his third full season as a member of the Rams, Barron was originally acquired by the NFC West franchise midway through the 2014-15 campaign. In 2017, the Sean McVay-led Rams scored an NFL-high 478 points.

For Los Angeles Rams fans this has been a looooooooong time coming.

Jones caught nine passes for 94 yards as Atlanta's offence chewed up the clock and field position.

It's testament to the Falcons' toughness and leadership that they find themselves back in the play-offs this year with a 10-6 record despite being plagued by inconsistency.

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