Rams get meme treatment after Wild Card loss to Falcons

Jonathan Hernandez
January 7, 2018

To top it off, the Falcons still have yet to play that "complete game" from an offensive perspective.

Last year, it was Atlanta who had the all-conquering offence - what a difference a 12 months makes in the NFL. I love what I'm doing. The Eagles lost in Atlanta to the Falcons 14-13 in the Wild Card Round way back in 1978, which was Dick Vermeil's first playoff game as a head coach. That title was a long-awaited reward for decades of hard work, but Phillips is visibly energized by the chance to contend for another ring with the NFC's No. 3 seed.

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.

"If you're playing for the division against Seattle or playing to get in the playoffs against Tennessee, those are playoff-type atmospheres", Phillips said.

The ghosts of the Super Bowl collapse could hardly be exorcised by one playoff win, but the perseverance the Falcons showed in Los Angeles should give them something to build on. 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.

"I don't think it is a concern", McVay said. "I had some opportunities, but his seemed like the best".

The young Rams served notice of their huge 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. Goff doesn't have as much responsibility in the Rams' offense as Ryan does in the Falcons', but he's been an integral part of their success.

Cooper is a Pro Bowl selection after a strong season on special teams.

Phillips changed the Rams' scheme from a 4-3 front to a 3-4, but that strategy includes many lineups with five players hitting the line and four-man rushes. It was a great, text-book fourth quarter drive that not many teams today can do.

The Rams saw one of the NFL's most drastic transformations this season under 31-year-old rookie head coach Sean McVay, becoming the first-ever team go from last in scoring to first in just one season. Phillips has campaigned for Donald to get league MVP consideration.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 seasons and still searching for the ultimate prize. "I knew he was good, but I didn't know he was better than everybody".

No one in the National Football League is as hot as Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley following two incredible performances against the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans to close his regular season.

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