Rams trail Falcons 19-10 in fourth quarter

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The Falcons got the kickoff to open the second half and, behind Matt Ryan, used half of the third quarter on a 16-play, 76-yard drive capped by Bryant's 25-yarder.

Atlanta meanwhile will move on to play the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend.

Atlanta put points on the board for a second-straight trip down the field, getting a 54-yard field goal from Matt Bryant - his fourth of the game. But Goff relies on the ability to hit Gurley with short passes to keep the offense moving, and the Falcons took Gurley essentially out of the passing game.

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. Ryan, pressured by Connor Barwin, slipped on the play-action play yet still had the presence to loft a ideal pass to Jones' back shoulder for the most important touchdown of the game.

The Falcons defense is much improved this season. Cooper bobbled several other kicks as jitters were clearly a factor. He finished with four tackles and half a sack, but even when he was not in on a play, he usually affected it.

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

The Rams went 11-5 to win the NFC West for the first time since 2003. They clinched the final spot in the playoffs and are the only team in the NFC to return from a year ago.

Sean McVay, the likely NFL Coach of the Year, looks to have solved the riddle that was their quarterback situation, while Gurley has come back from a disappointing season in 2016. Jones, who was targeted 10 times, caught nine of Ryan's passes for 94 yards and the aforementioned game-sealing touchdown.

Former Buffalo Bills receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins have found a home in Los Angeles. A 52-yard catch-and-run by Mohamed Sanu helped make the score possible. Second-year tight end Tyler Higbee has a high ceiling as does second-year defensive end Morgan Fox, who spelled Michael Brockers after he left with a knee injury.

The Rams didn't make it easy on them.