Falcons control Rams in Wildcard Round

-Ben Babcock

 

The Los Angeles Rams hosted the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night in the second divisional game of the 2018 NFL Playoffs. While the Rams may have been the higher seeded team, the Falcons played as though they were.

It was all Falcons in the first quarter with only two field goals, and they started off the second quarter with a Devonta Freeman touchdown. The Rams ended the half strong though, with a touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with 2:34 left in the half, and a field goal to end the half. Making the score 13-10 Falcons going into halftime.

The Rams couldn’t seem to get back into a groove in the second half, not scoring in the 3rd quarter and only making a field goal in the 4th. Meanwhile, the Falcons hit another two field goals in the 3rd quarter and put the game out of reach with a touchdown pass to Julio Jones with 5 minutes to go.

The Rams ended up having more total yards than the Falcons but just couldn’t seem to get the ball in the end zone. Besides having trouble scoring, the Ram just couldn’t hold onto the ball, losing 2 fumbles during the game. Stat wise, the Falcons didn’t dominate this game by any means. They did possess the ball 15 minutes more than the Rams but other than that, these teams were pretty even on the stat sheet. Simply put, the Falcons are a more experienced team, led by a more experienced quarterback and head coach, and it showed. The Falcons will go on to play the top-seeded Eagles on Saturday the 13th at 4:35 pm ET.

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