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face Eagles next,The Latest: Falcons topple Rams 26-13 - aliciahuang - 01-13-2018

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

Ryan kept the drive alive on a sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Rams 21.

 he hit Tevin Coleman for 14 yards on a screen pass on third-and-9.,Earlier

Jared Goff had a nice 25-yard pass to Robert Woods but the Rams' drive fizzled on an incompletion by Goff and a drop by Todd Gurley.

 leading the suddenly exciting San Francisco 49ers to their fifth straight win to end the season.,Jimmy Garoppolo went out with a flourish

 Todd Gurley and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams head into the franchise's first playoff appearance since the 2004 season.,Now he heads into the offseason while Jared Goff

Garoppolo threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 49ers to a 34-13 victory Sunday against a Rams team that chose to rest its big stars for the playoffs, including Goff, Gurley and Aaron Donald.

The Rams (11-5), who clinched the NFC West last weekend, got everything they hoped for: healthy players and the NFC's No. 3 seed. They'll host the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

First-year coach Sean McVay called the loss "humbling" but didn't second-guess the decision to rest the stars.

"You certainly try to win the game, and then you keep a couple of guys out of harm's way."," he said, we feel good about being able to allow some of players to get some rest, "but when you look at the way we approached it, some recovery time that I think is much needed for those guys

McVay welcomed the challenge of playing the Falcons, adding: "Our players will be juiced up to be able to get this preparation going and I know our coaches certainly feel that way, too."

The 49ers (6-10) finished last in the division, but have hope with Garoppolo, who was Tom Brady's backup with New England before being acquired on Oct. 31. He threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Marquise Goodwin — who later left with a concussion after a brutal hit by Blake Countess — and 12 yards to Aldrick Robinson. Both receivers were wide open.

Garoppolo completed 20 of 33 passes, looking confident and making some brilliant throws. He also was intercepted twice. Of course, it helped not having to face Donald and the Rams' four starting linebackers.

"We could keep going," Garoppolo said. "It's unfortunate that our season comes to an end like this, but hopefully for next year we keep this good thing going. ... Next year's team will have a different identity than this one did, but I think ending the season how we did definitely helped us."

Carlos Hyde, who predicted last week that the Niners will win next season's Super Bowl, ran 15 times for 90 yards, scoring on runs of 8 and 5 yards.

The game was marred when Goodwin was laid out with a shot to the left side of the helmet by Countess after an incomplete pass late in the first half. Goodwin flailed on the field for a moment before going still. He was tended to for several minutes before being helped to his feet and gingerly placed on a seat in the back of a cart. He motioned to fans with both hands and took off his helmet as he was driven up the tunnel at the LA Coliseum. He was ruled out with a concussion and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

" Shanahan said. "It wasn't as scary as it seemed. He's going to be all right.",Coach Kyle Shanahan said tests were positive and that Goodwin would return to the Bay Area with the team. "It was really good news. His scan passed fine

Countess was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting a defenseless player. He was being evaluated for a concussion.

 it's not good for anybody. It's just a dirty play. Marquise is as tough as they come and he bounces back from just about everything,"Unbelievable the safety did that, so hopefully he'll be all right."," Garoppolo said. "It's not good for our sport

"The O-line wanted to make a statement, I think."," Garoppolo said. "We did that one for 'Quise

 Garoppolo's primary receiver was covered,The catalyst for the 49ers' late-season run, so the QB found Goodwin in the right flat for the easy score., Garoppolo showed a nice touch in finding open receivers. Working from the Rams 8 late in the first quarter

 Robinson was wide open up the middle for his 12-yard scoring catch.,Early in the fourth

Robbie Gould capped the 49ers' first drive with a 33-yard field goal. The big play on that drive was Garoppolo's 44-yard pass to tight end George Kittle on third down. Kittle caught a short pass over the middle and broke it for a big gain.

 costing him the NFL rushing title. Gurley came into Sunday leading the NFL with 1,Authentic Sean Mannion Jersey,292 and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell with 1,305 yards,291. Bell also sat out Sunday. Hunt's first carry Sunday was for 35 yards and a touchdown,The star running back was inactive,Authentic Gerald Everett Jersey, followed by Kansas City's Kareem Hunt with 1,Authentic Josh Reynolds Jersey, moving him past Gurley.

The Atlanta Falcons stepped up big on defense and shut down the Los Angeles Rams on the road in Saturday’s Wild Card round game. Atlanta only scored two touchdowns, where they will face the Philadelphia Eagles., but that was enough in a 26-13 win that sends them to the Divisional round

 but he was a non-factor in the passing game,Matt Ryan didn’t blow up the box score,Authentic John Johnson Jersey, but he had an efficient game with 218 yards and a touchdown on 21-of-30 passing. The big story was the Falcons defense, which is a crucial component of the Rams’ offense., which gave L.A. little room to work with. Todd Gurley managed 101 yards on 14 carries

Without Gurley’s run-after-catch skills to rely on, but the Rams couldn’t move the ball for long stretches. Sean McVay’s first year as Rams coach ends on a down note with a first-round playoff loss.,Authentic Samson Ebukam Jersey, Jared Goff struggled. He finished his first playoff game with 24-of-45 passing for 259 yards and a touchdown

 the station reported.,The melee occurred when Romero and his daughter walked down to see the players and take some pictures. He said security asked them to move because they were escorting people out who were sitting in the Rams family section

“We have an idea of who,” Romero said., but (she) kind of started arguing with me

The woman allegedly told him he needed to move because she was “the player’s family.”

 they’re not beating Atlanta nor anyone else.,Stating the obvious: 1. The Rams had an astonishing turnaround season with myriad upsides for the future. 2. If they run the ball only 16 times

Look at the regular season. In 11 wins, it was 19 for a paltry 88., the Rams averaged 32 rushes for 136 yards. In four losses (omitting the “rest game” finale)

You’ve got an MVP contender averaging nearly seven yards a carry at half, Jeff Fisher could have done that., you’re down only three and you decide that’s the time to aim for your season low in rushing attempts? Geez

The Rams playing their first playoff game in Los Angeles since 1979. A nervous packed house at the Coliseum.

L.A. after dark, it was bound to get weird. And it didn’t take long before the bizarreness began to unfold., y’all. Yeah

Or for the Rams to figure out it was going to take more than the electric atmosphere provided by the biggest and most engaged crowd of the season and all those trips down memory lane, to overcome all the weirdness., as one former L.A. Rams great after another was paraded onto the field

Not to mention the experienced opponent standing proudly across from them in the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.

When the sun went down and the bright lights turned on and curtain lifted and the strangeness commenced the Rams, were nowhere to be found., well

 anyway.,Not in the way we grew used to in the remarkable turnaround season they provided us with this season

 screeching halt Saturday night in a bitterly disappointing 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in which the Rams never quite found their way out of the darkness.,All of which came to an abrupt

Todd Gurley rushed for more than 100 yards on just 14 carries but, never even seemed a factor., oddly

 resulting in two first quarter scores for the Falcons and a hole the Rams could never quite dig out from under.,The normally spectacular Rams special teams uncharacteristically contributed two killer turnovers on punt returns

Pharoh Cooper, muffed one punt and coughed up another., the Rams Pro Bowl punt returner

He’s been steady all year while emerging as a dynamic weapon in the Rams return game. On Saturday he looked like a wide eyed youngster.

” said Rams head coach Sean McVay.,“I’m sure he’d like to have a couple of those plays back

 so poised and efficient during his bounce back from suspected rookie bust to second-year Pro Bowler struggled to complete 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards and just one touchdown.,Jared Goff

McVay, could never quite figure out how to consistently generate positive yardage on early downs. The result was far too many off schedule second and third situations in which the Rams had to gobble up too many yards to keep the chains moving., who masterfully stayed a step ahead of the posse all years with his game planning and play calling

A defense that played proudly and fiercely all season was unable to come up with desperately needed stops as the Falcons marched down the field on two time-consuming second half drives.

 but the Falcons erased more than 12 minutes from the clock while building a 19-10 cushion.,The two scoring drives resulted in just a measly pair of field goals

 essentially,Womens Gerald Everett Jersey, And by the time they tacked on a fourth-quarter touchdown, were done., their lead was 23-13 and the Rams

It will take an entire offseason to figure out why and how a team that marched through the regular season while dropping more than 30 points on almost everybody they faced stumbled about all night like a guy trying find his way to the bathroom out of a pitch-black bedroom.

 had never experienced a winning season before this one,Only six players on the Rams have ever spent time on a playoff roster, none of them named Goff or Gurley or Robert Woods or Sammy Watkins or Cooper Kupp or Aaron Donald. Their young core,Womens Jamon Brown Jersey,let alone stepped onto a stage as big as the NFL postseason., one of the greenest in all of football

But that sounds more like an excuse. Especially with the equally playoff inexperienced Tennessee Titans — who the Rams decisively beat two weeks ago — strolled into Kansas City earlier Saturday and beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

 the Rams just happened to pick the worst possible time to play their worst game of the year.,The fact is

” said McVay said.,Authentic Cooper Kupp Jersey,“I don’t think this game was too big for our players

 it would be a double waste of this remarkable season if the Rams don’t reflect back on the moment and not grow from it.,Womens Sean Mannion Jersey,Nevertheless

” McVay said.,“These are all learning opportunities and examples we can draw

 and as set up as anyone to carve out a nice future for themselves. They didn’t go out this year and rent a bunch of veterans to help get L.A. excited about them in their second season back home.,Womens Cooper Kupp Jersey,The Rams are built to last

 should be around for quite some time together. Their coach is the youngest in NFL history. And while Saturday was certainly an end of sorts,They have a young core that,Womens Josh Reynolds Jersey, more than anything it seems like a step along the way the something special., provided everyone stays healthy