QB making his sixth playoff trip with Falcons

Rams running back Todd Gurley breaks away from two Colts defenders to pick up yards on Sept. 10

Rams running back Todd Gurley breaks away from two Colts defenders to pick up yards on Sept. 10

The loss by the Rams ended a remarkable turnaround year in which the team improved by seven wins from last season, while its offense went from the worst in the N.F.L.to the most potent.

The Rams (11-5) are the new kids on the playoff block, led by 31-year-old coach Sean McVay, who turned second-year quarterback Jared Goff from a bust into a solid starting National Football League quarterback over the course of one offseason.

Despite all the punchlines, the Rams hardly have reason to hang their heads.

After a 4-12 season last year that saw head coach Jeff Fisher sacked, 31-year-old Sean McVay has turned this franchise on it's head. That trio alone already gives them an excellent long-term foundation for sustainable winning.

But if there's a Wild Card team capable of doing so, it is these dogged and determined Falcons with Houston chip on their shoulder.

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The Coliseum should be filled with Rams fans, many of which will be experiencing their first postseason game. But Cooper was feeling better on Friday and was a full participant in practice, which has Rams coaches believing he will be available to play on Saturday. The Falcons have allowed the most receiving yards to opposing running backs, which should play right into Gurley's hands.

Matt Bryant kicked four field goals, and Atlanta's coverage units recovered two fumbles to help send the sixth-seeded Falcons to the divisional round, where they will face the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. They're just trying to get back to previous year.

"Age doesn't make any difference with me", Phillips said. 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.

The young Rams served notice of their vast 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. The offensive line hasn't been as stout despite another Pro Bowl season from center Alex Mack. The stats will show that Gurley ran the ball 14 times for 101 yards, but the Rams' talented back was kept out of the end zone and struggled in the passing game, catching four balls for 10 yards - despite being targeted 10 times. Phillips has campaigned for Donald to get league MVP consideration. "I knew he was good, but I didn't know he was better than everybody". Matt Ryan and company got into the playoffs in the final week of the regular season, but this has been a moment waiting for the Rams for quite some time.

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