The Los Angeles Rams lost 26-13 to the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card Playoff at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 6.
The Rams’ special teams, the best in the NFL during the regular season, made two costly turnovers in the first half. The Falcons took advantage of both with 10 of their 13 first half points coming off of turnovers. The Rams made a brief surge at the end of the second quarter, going on a 10-0 run and making it 13-10 at the half.
The Falcons dominated the Rams up and down the field in the second half. They opened the quarter with a draining 8-minute drive that resulted in a field goal. The Rams struggled to make anything happen on either side of the ball and Atlanta scored every possession they had until the final two minutes of the game.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. Running back Todd Gurley recorded 14 carries for 101 yards. Wide receiver Robert Woods led the Rams with nine receptions for 142 yards.
Despite a tough first round exit, the Rams have nothing to hang their heads about. They compiled their best season since 2004 and brought life back into this franchise. The future is bright in Los Angeles.
Atlanta will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the Divisional Round.
Steve Rebeiro is a staff writer and podcast host for Rams Talk. He graduated from Marquette University in 2016. For more of his opinions, follow him on Twitter here.