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Rams lack National Football League playoff experience but not confidence

Rams lack National Football League playoff experience but not confidence

The Atlanta Falcons will face the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.

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.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 seasons and still searching for the ultimate prize.

Minnesota is 13-3, but are you going to trust a playoff team with quarterback Case Keenum, who couldn't cut it in his first four National Football League seasons with Houston or the Rams?

In a year where left was right and up was down, the Los Angeles Rams going from 4-12 to 11-5 should be an acceptable form of a new normal in an National Football League where what was, isn't necessarily what will be, moving forward.

Despite the quick turnaround from their bad first season, tickets sale for the playoff game started really slow and at times, you could find entire sections available still available just 24 hours before the game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Coliseum should be filled with Rams fans, many of which will be experiencing their first postseason game.

From the season-opening escape in Chicago to the must-win finale in front of their home fans, the Atlanta Falcons have spent the entire season living on the edge, which might actually be to their advantage as the 2017 NFL Playoffs begin.

"Barron came out of a Week 14 victory at Seattle because of general soreness".

On the other side, it'll be a workhorse handling the load for the Rams.

The young Rams served notice of their enormous 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. Los Angeles? Just 21. "I'm lucky to be where I am", Phillips said recently. But these are two vastly different teams now.

While McVay transformed the offense, Phillips got the most out of a team that allowed 20.6 points per game this season, down from 24.6 a year ago. With a big playoff game against the Saints upcoming for the Panthers, they will undoubtedly need their top receiver.

Pharoh Cooper, another Rams reserve wide receiver who also serves as LA's primary kickoff and punt return man, has a shoulder injury that had coaches concerned, especially since he was unable to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, Ryan will be playing behind an offensive line that will have Ben Garland starting in place of injured left guard Andy Levitre.

Aaron Donald like to throw humans. It's going to be close, it's going to be tough, but the Rams have this game in the bag.

McVay engineered the turnaround with a quarterback in Jared Goff whom some were writing off previous year, and with running back Todd Gurley, who has always had undeniable talent but had a disappointing season in 2016.

Sanu could be the X-factor for the Falcons passing attack. They have two very good running backs, powerful backs that can get downhill quick. You can feel the electricity and the confidence protruding from the Rams locker. "And we prepare better than anyone else in the league". On Saturday, they'll meet for the second time ever.

We could add a few more, but you get where this is going.

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