FALCONS VS RAMS LIVE STREAM PLAYOFF – The NFC takes center stage on Saturday night when the Los Angeles Rams host the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card round of the 2018 NFL playoffs. The upstart Rams have a tough test ahead of them, needing to vanquish last year’s conference champion to move on to the Divisional Round. It has the potential to be a great battle, although oddsmakers are expecting Los Angeles to advance rather easily. Watch ATLANTA FALCONS VS LOS ANGELES RAMS LIVE STREAMING: NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFF 2018 online on your PC, laptop, Mac, I-pad, Tab, Ps4/3, I-phone Android or any other online device.
Atlanta Falcons vs Los Angeles Rams NFL Wild Card
Where: Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
When: January 6 2018, 8:15 PM EST
TV Broadcast: NBC
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) –
The Atlanta Falcons enjoyed the benefit playing two playoff games at home last season as they made their way to the Super Bowl, but given that the team is 12-5 straight up over their past 17 games on the road, they get a bit of a confidence boost as they head to LA LA Land to face the Rams.
The Falcons may also enjoy the 8:15 PM start time, given that they have gone 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 nighttime meetings.
While the Rams are favored by about a score (at press), quarterback Matt Ryan’s impressive running game together with his solid offensive leadership and experience may provide the composure the underdog needs here on wild card Saturday.
Los Angeles Rams (11-5) –
The young Rams find themselves as solid favorites heading into a game with last season’s Super Bowl participant. But what they may lack in playoff experience (it has been 13 years) they compensate for by having the best offensive player on the field in running back Todd Gurley. Gurley put up a league-leading 19 TDs in 15 games this season, and would have won the NFL rushing title had he been allowed to suit up for the Rams’ Week 17 game. But he (and head coach Sean McVay) have bigger priorities, beginning right here on wild card weekend.
The Rams second-year QB Jared Goff may also not have the experience of Matt Ryan, but his 2017 season stats don’t care, as he boasts more touchdowns and fewer interceptions coming into this Saturday night game.
Final Analysis –
The Falcons have been in playoff mode for several weeks now, fighting to stay alive in the highly competitive NFC South. That may actually help their cause heading into Saturday’s NFC Wild Card Game, but it also has taken a toll, with several key players dinged up and a little worse for the wear. That alone could loom large against a well-rested Rams team that had the luxury of sitting most of its starters last week. The Rams also have home-field advantage. Although I’m not sure if that is really an advantage, considering they were just 4-4 at home during the regular season as opposed to 7-1 on the road.
The true advantage for the Rams lies on offense. Los Angeles has shown a level of consistency, explosiveness and scoring ability that the Atlanta offense has sorely lacked throughout the season. And while the Falcons’ edge in playoff experience cannot be discounted, Sean McVay’s Rams don’t come across as the kind of team that will be easily overwhelmed by their first-ever playoff encounter.
Prediction: Rams 24, Falcons 23