The Latest: Falcons grab 13-0 lead over Rams
/January 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —
The Latest on the NFL playoffs on wild-card weekend (all times EST):
The Atlanta Falcons have taken a 13-0 lead over the Los Angeles Rams early in the second quarter of their wild-card playoff game, thanks in large part to sloppy special teams play by Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper.
Cooper fumbled on a kickoff return late in the first quarter when he was hit by Damontae Kazee, with Kemal Ishmael recovering at the Rams 32.
Devonta Freeman capped the short drive with a 3-yard scoring run.
Matt Bryant kicked field goals of 29 and 51 yards in the first quarter.
The Falcons’ first score was set up by a special teams blunder by the Rams that allowed Atlanta to almost completely flip the field.
With the Falcons forced to punt from their 14, Cooper was indecisive and let the ball bounce at about the L.A. 40.
It hit off Blake Countess’ foot during a wild scramble that ended with LaRoy Reynolds recovering at the Rams 17.
The Falcons had to settle for Bryant’s 29-yard field goal. He kicked a 51-yarder on Atlanta’s next possession.
— Bernie Wilson reporting in Los Angeles.
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