Falcons lead at half but only 13-10 as Rams grab momentum

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After a slow start, the Rams grabbed the momentum before halftime.

The Falcons, who took a 13-0 lead, saw the Rams score the final 10 points of the half. Atlanta now holds only a 13-10 advantage.

Los Angeles managed only one first down and 14 total yards in the first quarter but finally got it going in the second quarter. The Rams crossed midfield on their first possession of the second quarter and then put together a seven-play, 79-yard drive capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp.

They added a late Sam Ficken field goal.

The Rams, the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, ended up outgaining the Falcons 169 to 119. Goff went 10-for-19 for 127 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Los Angeles has roughed up Matt Ryan, who was sacked three times and hit twice more. The Falcons quarterback entered the medical tent late in the second quarter with bleeding behind his right ear.

Ryan, though, did return for the kneel down at the end of the half, and the team made no announcement about his condition.

But the Falcons will have to better protect him from the Rams pass rush.

Ryan finished the first half 11-of-16 for 86 yards.

Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers injured his right knee, and the team lists him as questionable to return. He was injured on a sack of Ryan he shared with Aaron Donald.

12 responses to “Falcons lead at half but only 13-10 as Rams grab momentum

  1. I don’t get how they could review that catch, since another play was run after and resulted in an offsides penalty against the Falcons. By that point, the Gurley catch shouldn’t be able to be reviewed.

  2. On the play after the one where Gurley got hit late out of bounds, the game clock started when the refs whistled the start of the play. It should not have started until the ball was snapped. That was 20 extra seconds that the Rams could have used at the end of the half. I never watch the clock and am sure this kind of thing happens more often but its an interesting mistake.

  3. What has happened to this “high flying” best NFL offense? If LA can’t score on the poor Atlanta offense, in their home stadium, what are they going to do when they have to face Philly in Philly soon?

  4. skawh says:
    January 6, 2018 at 10:44 pm
    What has happened to this “high flying” best NFL offense? If LA can’t score on the poor Atlanta offense, in their home stadium, what are they going to do when they have to face Philly in Philly soon?

    LA would have to play MN if they win. If falcons win, falcons go to philly and MN plays winner of Carolina v NO.

  5. For all of those in St Louis who don’t want Squirrel Head Kroenke to win a playoff game, hats off to the Falcons. SOSAR.

  6. Rams were one and done from the get-go lol
    Matte Ice is a Top 10 QB.

    Gonna be tough versus Panthers or Saints… oops, first Philly, which is one and done, too, with/without Wentz lol

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