Eagles will face Falcons in Divisional Round after Rams exit playoffs early

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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. Everyone in this locker room has been doing everything they can to make sure that when we step on the field this time on Saturday, that we've got everything ready to go.

The Rams were shaky at times in their first playoff game since 2005.

Will the playoff-seasoned Falcons prove their experience to be invaluable against a green Rams team? It took until the final week of the regular season for the Falcons to qualify.

Their reward is a trip to face the hottest young team in football in the Los Angeles Rams. But with weapons like Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman for Matt Ryan to work with, the Eagles understand the Falcons aren't a team to take lightly.

The Falcons are 0-4 ATS in their last four playoff road games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine playoff games while the Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five following a loss and the favourite is 13-3 in their last 16 meetings. Heightening the drama is the 8:15 p.m. (NBC) primetime start. 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.

"You may have that little pit in your stomach at the beginning of the game, but it's no different than any other game for me, honestly". A big reason for that is the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (who left to be the 49ers head coach) and new play caller Steve Sarkisian (yes, THAT Steve Sarkisian) has not been able to get the dirty birds going. It's been tough for Newton, to say the least, with little available in the way of legitimate weapons outside of Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen.

The Panthers will need the 2015 Most Valuable Player to put in an MVP-type performance to overcome the division-rival Saints on Sunday.

One year after being labeled a bust, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft lived up to his billing by throwing for 3,804 yards, 28 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

Here's what makes these Saints such a fascinating team: the 38-year-old Brees threw for just 4,335 yards (his lowest total since 2005) and 23 TDs (lowest since 2003), but was the league's most accurate passer with a record-breaking 72 per cent completion rate. But as the week moved along, the news about player availability continued to get better and better. The Rams can change games with this unit.

Expect to see a heavy dosage of all three running backs on Saturday night, particularly as receivers.

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