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NFL playoff preview: Atlanta vs. Los Angeles

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Atlanta Falcons face the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night in the NFC Wild Card round game. The game will kick off at 8:15 pm at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

The Falcons come into this game with a 10-6 record. The Rams, who won the NFC West Division, went 11-5 this season.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Rams have a 52% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Falcons a 60% chance to win this game.

The Falcons won the last meeting between these two teams on a 42-14 win on December 11th, 2016. Atlanta had a 6-4 advantage in the past 10 games.

Atlanta has won four straight games in this series. The Rams, who were named the St. Louis Rams at the time, defeated the Falcons, 28-16, on December 2nd, 2007.

St. Louis also won three straight in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The Rams have not won a playoff game since January 27th, 2001 when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 29-24. St. Louis has not lost a playoff game since January 15th, 2005 when they lost 47-17 to the Falcons.

The Falcons have not won a playoff game since January 22nd, 2017 when they defeated the Green Bay Packers, 44-21. Atlanta has not lost a playoff game since February 5th, 2017 when they lost 34-28 in Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots.

Atlanta won its last regular-season game, as they defeated the Carolina Panthers, 22-10, on New Year’s Eve. They have not lost a regular-season game since they were defeated by the New Orleans Saints, 23-13, on Christmas Eve.

Los Angeles lost its last regular-season game, as they were defeated 34-13 by the San Francisco 49ers on New Year’s Eve. They have not won a regular-season game since they defeated the Tennessee Titans, 27-23, on Christmas Eve.

Atlanta is averaging 22.1 points per game. Los Angeles is averaging 29.9 points per game.

Matt Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, has gone 342 of 529 for 4,095 passing yards. He has 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Devonta Freeman leads the running backs with 196 carries for 865 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Julio Jones leads the receivers with 88 receptions for 1,444 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Jared Goff, the Rams quarterback, has gone 296 of 477 for 3,804 passing yards. He has 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Todd Gurley II leads the running backs with 279 carries for 1,305 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Cooper Kupp leads the receivers with 62 receptions for 869 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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