Breakdown: Here we are, in the playoffs. Despite all of the “Super Bowl hangover” talk, despite the adjustments to new coordinators, and despite injuries, the Atlanta Falcons made it to the playoffs.
I will be the first to admit, I had my doubts, but ultimately this Falcons team is far too talented not to make it into the postseason. And despite barely getting in as a sixth seed, I believe that the Falcons could be one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC crown chase.
As the last seed in, Atlanta will not have the fortune of playing in front of a home crowd. If they plan to advance into the later rounds of the playoffs, they will need to do so by winning on the road. Should the Falcons take care of business against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night, they would then go on to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. A game against the Eagles at home is a tall task for any team.
But let’s talk about this Falcons against Rams game. I see this game going one of two ways. One, the Rams defense absolutely obliterates the Atlanta’s offensive line and the Rams running game dominates all four quarters. Or, the Falcons utilize their experience, wisdom, and grit to quiet the NFC West Champions.
I am going to wish for the best here and pick the Falcons to win. Why not? Though they are a sixth seed, they were just one loss from winning the division. I would argue that they are better than their record or seeding indicates.
I’m predicting that the Falcons kick it into another gear.
Prediction: Atlanta 28, Los Angeles 24