Atlanta knocked off the third-seeded Rams 26-13 Saturday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the wild-card round and will move on to face the top-seeded Eagles in Philadelphia next Saturday.
Even though the Falcons represented the NFC in the Super Bowl past year, and were considered one of the early favorites to earn a trip to Minnesota this season, it was clear the offense wasn't almost the same from their epic run from a season ago.
The Rams meanwhile have completely turned around their franchise and thanks to Sean McVay this is a very prolific Rams side that has taken the league by storm and they have the Lombardi Trophy in their sights as the third seed and NFC West division champions. Atlanta, who gained traction offensively before LA, got the first points of the game on a field goal and never looked back.
The touchdown reception was the seventh for Jones in eight postseason games.
The Falcons took a 3-0 advantage off a Rams' special teams mistake.
Freeman carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards and got some serious - and potentially illegal - help from Alex Mack on a touchdown run in the first half. After last week's game, Rams coaches weren't sure he'd be able to play.
Goff was not the only young Rams player who was off on Saturday.
The Falcons know they can outscore anyone despite seeing more than a 10-point drop-off in their scoring average from a year ago.
The Rams eventually settled down, but the early deficit was too large to overcome.
The Falcons didn't meet those expectations during the season.
Quarterback Matt Ryan is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 seasons and still searching for the ultimate prize. He finished with four tackles and half a sack, but even when he was not in on a play, he usually affected it.
LOS ANGELES - The Atlanta Falcons, the team that always talks about taking things one game at a time, just cleared a major hurdle in their quest for a return trip to the Super Bowl.
The Rams, then located in St. Louis, was ending their era of the Greatest Show on Turf.
Not only did McVay change the culture in Los Angeles, the Rams also made effective roster changes. They also have an MVP candidate in running back Todd Gurley, who led the National Football League with 2,093 yards from scrimmage to go with 19 touchdowns during the regular season.
Wide receiver Robert Woods, who played at USC, spoke up about what he hopes the vibe will be on Saturday evening.