Rams' Barron, Cooper active for playoff meeting with Falcons

Experts heavily favoring Rams over Falcons for wild-card matchup

The wild-card game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum on Saturday night will provide answers about the offense and the defense. The fact they're the only NFC team from last year's postseason to make it in speaks to the volatility of such things, but when a team goes to the Super Bowl and leads the National Football League in scoring and, well, nearly slams New England for the championship, it enters the following season with a certain expectation level.

The game between the Falcons and Rams will kick off at 8:15 EST and will be televised on NBC. Bryant had kicks of 25 and 54 yards as the Falcons controlled the clock in the third quarter.

In some respects, the Falcons could now been seen as playing with house money.

Featuring a young team on the rise along with a trio of NFC South squads, there are plenty of intriguing storylines heading into the first round of the playoffs.

"I love the resiliency and the toughness of this team", Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.

Will the playoff-seasoned Falcons prove their experience to be invaluable against a green Rams team?

The young Rams served notice of their enormous 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.

You can watch the National Football League playoffs on Now TV with prices starting at £6.99 for a Sports Pass. Los Angeles? Just 21. "I'm lucky to be where I am", Phillips said recently.

The Falcons have won the past four meetings, the most recent being a 42-14 victory in 2016.

That was about as close as the Rams ever would seem to threaten. Goff finished 24 of 45 for 259 yards and a touchdown but it was not enough to beat a Falcons defense loaded up to stop the run.

He will need that ground game to get off to a strong start. He also was limited in practice this week with a shoulder injury from the Rams' regular-season finale.

Not an ideal situation with All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald staring at him from across the line of scrimmage.

Both sides have an abundance of offensive talent, but the Rams probably have the edge defensively and will have the all important home advantage.

Sanu could be the X-factor for the Falcons passing attack. But as the week moved along, the news about player availability continued to get better and better.

Kamara's speed and ability as a pass catcher out of the backfield creates matchup nightmares for opposing offences, while Ingram's physicality is a flawless change of pace - and he's also no slouch in the pass game. They dominated time of possession and softened up the Rams defense. Do exactly what we've been doing throughout this entire season.

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