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Rams get meme treatment after Wild Card loss to Falcons

Rams get meme treatment after Wild Card loss to Falcons

If you were told last August the Saints would be NFC South champions after an 11-5 season, your money would've been on Drew Brees dropping another 5,000 yards to go along with at least 35 touchdowns. Ryan, pressured by Connor Barwin, slipped on the play-action play yet still had the presence to loft a ideal pass to Jones' back shoulder for the most important touchdown of the game.

Even though the Falcons represented the NFC in the Super Bowl past year, and were considered one of the early favorites to earn a trip to Minnesota this season, it was clear the offense wasn't almost the same from their epic run from a season ago.

In an on-field interview after the game, Matt Ryan laughed when asked how the game had compared to the Falcons' hard season. Atlanta, who gained traction offensively before LA, got the first points of the game on a field goal and never looked back.

The Falcons took a 3-0 advantage off a Rams' special teams mistake. Atlanta and L.A. were up and down during that 25-year period, with the Rams coming closest to a Lombardi Trophy with a 31-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. They finished 2017 ranked in the top 10 in both scoring and yards allowed.

Goff was not the only young Rams player who was off on Saturday.

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

The Falcons defense is much improved this season.




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. The offensive line hasn't been as stout despite another Pro Bowl season from center Alex Mack.

The Rams, then located in St. Louis, was ending their era of the Greatest Show on Turf.

The Atlanta Falcons will battle the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round of the postseason.

The Los Angeles Rams haven't been to the playoffs in 13 years. Jones, who was targeted 10 times, caught nine of Ryan's passes for 94 yards and the aforementioned game-sealing touchdown. They were the third NFC South team to make the field, and they enter the playoffs with very modest expectations nationally - even as the only team in the conference to return to the postseason from last season.

Former Buffalo Bills receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins have found a home in Los Angeles. A 52-yard catch-and-run by Mohamed Sanu helped make the score possible.

But if Manuel's defence can shut down the Rams run game and control possession offensively, the Falcons will have a chance to upset high-flying L.A. on the road.