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Falcons lead Rams 13-10 at halftime of NFC wild-card game

07 January 2018, 07:55 | Kristopher Drake

Falcons lead Rams 13-10 at halftime of NFC wild-card game

Rams lack NFL playoff experience but not confidence

Atlanta meanwhile will move on to play the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend. Ryan, pressured by Connor Barwin, slipped on the play-action play yet still had the presence to loft a flawless pass to Jones' back shoulder for the most important touchdown of the game. The sixth-seeded Falcons, who improved to 11-6 with the win, never trailed against the Rams.

On second-and-goal, Devonta Freeman scored from 3 yards out with 11:34 left in the second quarter and the Falcons jumped ahead to a 13-0 lead. In the last two games, Bryant has accounted for 27 of the Falcons' points, booting nine field goals.

Gurley was productive on the ground, with 101 yards.

There has been much hand-wringing over the Atlanta Falcons' failure to get the ball into the hands of Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones in the red zone.

The Rams eventually settled down, but the early deficit was too large to overcome.

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Los Angeles was trailing 26-13 and had one more chance to pull within a touchdown of the Falcons.

Aaron Donald came after Matt Ryan relentlessly, as he does. The fourth-year defensive tackle from Pitt was a disruptive force on almost every play. They dominated time of possession and softened up the Rams defense. They clinched the final spot in the playoffs and are the only team in the NFC to return from previous year. The Rams had a streak of 10 straight losing seasons, but turned things around under first-year coach Sean McVay. Quarterback Matt Ryan, who hails from Exton, Pennsylvania and played his high school ball at Philadelphia's Penn Charter, won NFL MVP honors but completed just 18 of 33 passes for 267 yards that day with a touchdown and an interception for a season-low 78.7 passer rating.

Former Buffalo Bills receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins have found a home in Los Angeles.

This year may not have been the year for the Rams to win a second championship, but they are not going anywhere and will be an NFC contender for the foreseeable future. A 52-yard catch-and-run by Mohamed Sanu helped make the score possible.

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