The Latest: Falcons topple Rams 26-13, face Eagles next
/January 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the NFL playoffs on wild-card weekend (all times EST):
Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the Rams.
Devonta Freeman rushed for an early score and Matt Bryant kicked four field goals for the Falcons (11-6), who spoiled the Rams’ first playoff game in 13 years while showing off the postseason poise they earned from last season’s journey to the Super Bowl.
Atlanta never trailed at the Coliseum while winning playoff games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
The Falcons advanced to face the top-seeded Eagles on Jan. 13 in Philadelphia.
The Atlanta Falcons got two more field goals from Matt Bryant to take a 19-10 lead against the Los Angeles Rams in their wild-card game.
Bryant had kicks of 25 and 54 yards as the Falcons controlled the clock in the third quarter.
He kicked field goals of 29 and 51 yards in the first quarter.
The Falcons got the kickoff to open the second half and, behind Matt Ryan, used half of the third quarter