National Football League playoffs: Falcons vs. Rams


In his rookie season as head coach, the Rams' record improved from 4-12 to 11-5, earning them a division title. Reserve wide receiver Michael Thomas, whose been nursing an ankle injury, was listed as doubtful for Saturday's matchup at The Coliseum against the Atlanta Falcons.

McVay will be honored during the 13th annual L.A. Sports Awards on February 6 at the Beverly Hilton.

The Rams were one of the best teams in the National Football League all year, and the Falcons barely snuck into the playoffs, but Los Angeles is just a six-point favorite over Atlanta - the smallest spread of any game this weekend.

Experience could be the Atlanta Falcons' big edge as the only team in the NFC playoffs for the second straight year.

It's going to sting for a while for the Rams and for their fans, both in St. Louis and Los Angeles, because the wounds are still fresh and there won't be any more games until August.

The Los Angeles Rams finish the season with 11 wins and 6 losses, exceeding all expectations after finishing just 4-12 past year. "It's about giving yourself the opportunity this time of the year to compete and play in games like this and win games like this".

"It was actually my first year [in Atlanta], so I remember him really well", Quinn said. "So he had kind of the combination of the make you miss and the ability to kind of size you up and run you over".

The Falcons are only the No. 6 seed, making the playoffs on the final weekend of the regular season with a home win over Carolina. The Falcons, looking to get back to the Super Bowl after a disastrous loss to the New England Patriots in last years championship game, got a strong performance from kicker Matt Bryant who made all four kicks, including one from 54 yards, while quarterback Matt Ryan would complete his night throwing for 218 yards on 21 of 30, and 1 touchdown. After last week's game, Rams coaches weren't sure he'd be able to play.