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

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But this game versus the Falcons will also tell us just how real this Rams team is or if we were fools to think they were the real deal.

Despite losing their early lead, the Falcons never panicked and Dan Quinn's team appears to have learned from last year's Super Bowl mistakes. "It's hard to stop their running game, and the quarterback can move the football". I believe the Falcons will need an exceptional game from this side of the ball to walk home victors. Jared Goff had a nice 25-yard pass to Robert Woods but the Rams' drive fizzled on an incompletion by Goff and a drop by Todd Gurley. But the team was a frightful 1-for-5 in the red zone.

Atlanta put points on the board for a second-straight trip down the field, getting a 54-yard field goal from Matt Bryant - his fourth of the game. It's bad for the offense in the big picture. The Falcons, on the other hand, have 143 games of playoff experience as a team - second-most in the conference. Reserve wide receiver Michael Thomas, whose been nursing an ankle injury, was listed as doubtful for Saturday's matchup at The Coliseum against the Atlanta Falcons.

But the Panthers' success overwhelmingly comes down to their dual-threat quarterback, as we saw in last weekend's three-interception performance against the Falcons.

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The loss was a disappointing end to the season for a resurgent Rams' team.

The Rams were one of the best teams in the National Football League all year, and the Falcons barely snuck into the playoffs, but Los Angeles is just a six-point favorite over Atlanta - the smallest spread of any game this weekend. "I certainly have a lot of respect for the guys I play against week in and week out, and I imagine they feel the same way". He doesn't want to get caught up in discussions about his legacy, and whether he has what it takes to win a Super Bowl.

"If we do that, and we're locked in for practice and walkthroughs, that's going to give us the best chance to be successful".

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