Falcons earn Eagles showdown after overcoming Rams

Experts heavily favoring Rams over Falcons for wild-card matchup

And it's on defence where the Falcons can win Saturday night in Los Angeles.

There are obvious concerns for the Rams entering this game, beginning with their lack of experience in big games.

Despite all the punchlines, the Rams hardly have reason to hang their heads. While quarterback Jared Goff, the first overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, had a stellar season in throwing for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions, former University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley II has been the driving force behind the Rams' offensive success. That trio alone already gives them an excellent long-term foundation for sustainable winning.

While the Falcons eventually pulled away, Ryan was harassed for much of the game by the Rams defensive front. 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. The stats will show that Gurley ran the ball 14 times for 101 yards, but the Rams' talented back was kept out of the end zone and struggled in the passing game, catching four balls for 10 yards - despite being targeted 10 times. Likewise, that has given them a grand total of 478 points on the season. "We knew the physicality of style we wanted to play, so I definitely had an eye on him and looked at him and evaluated him". He was one of the league-leading receivers out of the backfield.

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After trading top target Kelvin Benjamin and suffering a rash of offensive injuries (including leading receiver Devin Funchess), the pressure has fallen nearly entirely on Newton to get the job done himself. It's hard to get yards when you can't keep your feet.

It's not an ideal playing surface, to say the least. But as the week moved along, the news about player availability continued to get better and better.

Los Angeles responded with a Goff touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp and a 35-yard field goal from Sam Ficken to cut the deficit to 13-10 at halftime. Gurley was also excellent out of the backfield in 2017.

If the Saints are making a deep run this post-season, it will be thanks to these two backs and there's every reason to expect "Boom and Zoom" to feature heavily on Sunday.

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