But this game versus the Falcons will also tell us just how real this Rams team is or if we were fools to think they were the real deal. "It can make such a difference in the game, more options for the offense". His pressure disrupted Ryan's timing and forced him into less-than-ideal throws.
The Falcons' offence got back to its methodical work in the second half, mounting two clock-chewing drives ending in field goals by Bryant. The Falcons have been up and down this season, but they advanced to the next round, where they'll get a crack at the Eagles, who are playing with backup quarterback Nick Foles. The Rams' defence simply couldn't get off the field, whether due to missed tackles or clever playcalling by the Falcons. After that season, Quinn jumped back into the coaching ranks in the NFL, and he remembers scouting Gurley II when he declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. 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. Jones, who was targeted 10 times, caught nine of Ryan's passes for 94 yards and the aforementioned game-sealing touchdown.
Los Angeles can not afford to let Julio Jones get hot early in this game, otherwise all they'll be doing is playing catch up and hoping for a stop to try and get back in control of things. The Falcons defence is much improved, as defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel has taken the unit from bottom-five in the league in 2016 to top-10 in 2017.
Goff finished 24 of 45 for 259 yards.
With a passer's rating of 100.5, Goff joined Kurt Warner and Trent Green as the only Rams quarterbacks in history to post a passer rating of 100 or better.
The game between the Falcons and Rams will kick off at 8:15 EST and will be televised on NBC. Freeman rushed for 66 yards, and Mohamed Sanu had a key 52-yard gain on a fourth-quarter screen pass while finishing with four catches for 75 yards. The touchdown was overturned on review.
In a year where left was right and up was down, the Los Angeles Rams going from 4-12 to 11-5 should be an acceptable form of a new normal in an National Football League where what was, isn't necessarily what will be, moving forward.
The comparisons are well known, with many saying Goff is the next Matt Ryan.
Regardless of what's happening around him, Ryan said his best course of action during the week is to stay focused on the game plan.
Not having Zuerlein greatly hurts the Rams' chances to win the Super Bowl, especially the way they've struggled in the red zone this season.