Falcons' commitment to the run game pays off in win over Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams hosted the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC wild-card game of the National Football League playoffs on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

"Their rushers are that talented where we didn't want to make it into a drop-back game", Quinn said following the game.

Last year's meltdown in the Super Bowl has been well documented, with the Atlanta Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead and losing to New England.

And with football back in Los Angeles since last season, isn't that what we've been waiting for?

Los Angeles can not afford to let Julio Jones get hot early in this game, otherwise all they'll be doing is playing catch up and hoping for a stop to try and get back in control of things. "But, we knew we were going to stay committed to it as part of our plan, and it certainly came through in the second half".

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Atlanta had 39 rushes to 30 pass plays - a game plan he commended his offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian for.

Ball control could be the way to go against the Eagles as well, especially if the weather conditions are hard (some warming from this week is expected by kickoff, but early forecasts suggested there also could be rain). That suggests the Falcons might do no better than their 3.2-yard average from Saturday.

The Falcons defense ranks eighth in points allowed at 19.7 points per game, meaning the Rams' high-scoring attack could be faced with a challenge. Would you be surprised if he had a three interception game? Ryan hasn't enjoyed the kind of seamless production that made him the league MVP last season, yet he likes the team's chances - even though the offense has scored just two touchdowns over the last 2 weeks. "They are running the ball, the D is playing well, their kicker might be the best and they managed the game well".

But if they can control the tempo from early on against the birds, they'll give the Coliseum something to rally behind.