Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams - 1/6/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

They made the playoffs for the first time since 2004 after going 4-12 last season.

Here are four things to watch for ahead of this weekend's NFC wild-card games. 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.

With Los Angeles down by 13, Goff led the Rams back down the field but couldn't complete the drive and turned the ball over on downs at the Atlanta 5-yard line.

Cooper is a Pro Bowl selection after a strong season on special teams. Gurley accounted for more than 60 per cent of L.A.'s yardage in those games and 52 per cent of its points.

"I think it comes from the top down", Goff said.

If there's one "knock" on these Rams, though, it's inexperience. "I don't see a whole lot of difference, except the Super Bowl is the one that stands out from all the other playoff games, as opposed to the big games you play during the year".

The Falcons (10-6) are still working to take the sting out of the meltdown in last year's Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. On Saturday, they'll meet for the second time ever.

Can Falcons bottle up Gurley?

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But the contrast from last year's team isn't all bad.

The Rams already had a solid defense last season under coordinator Gregg Williams.

Their reward is a trip to face the hottest young team in football in the Los Angeles Rams. Jones ended the season with 88 catches for 1,444 yards, but his three touchdowns is his fewest haul in a year since 2013, when he only played five games that campaign before suffering a season-ending foot injury. In fact, the Falcons have allowed just one 100-yard rusher all season (Jay Ajayi, Week 6 vs. Miami).

It's going to sting for a while for the Rams and for their fans, both in St. Louis and Los Angeles, because the wounds are still fresh and there won't be any more games until August.

The game between the Falcons and Rams will kick off at 8:15 EST and will be televised on NBC. So the Falcons' best chance of success against the Rams was to take him out of the game as much as possible and force Jared Goff to make throws to win it. Philadelphia is 13-3, but lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz with three games left. But Ryan has his team back in the postseason despite a big dropoff in points and yards.

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Nicknamed "Boom and Zoom", the Saints pair has been a deadly 1-2 punch since Adrian Peterson was shipped out of town in an early-October trade and the two combined for 376 total yards and four TDs in a pair of games against the Panthers.

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