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NFL Wildcard Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams

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Browns fans should use this as an open thread to discuss the game!

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Saturday, Jan. 6th (8:15 PM): Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams

One thing is for certain: this isn’t the same Falcons offense as a year ago. In their last five games, they averaged 17.6 points per game. In their final five games of 2016, they averaged 36.4 points per game. They also averaged 36 points per game in the playoffs last year. They still have pretty much the same pool of talent, which is a testament to how important former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was.

Not including the finale (in which they rested starters), the Rams averaged 32.4 points per game in their previous five games to close out the season. They ended up being the stunning offensive juggernaut of the NFC with second-year QB Jared Goff finishing the year with a 100.5 QB rating and RB Todd Gurley having over 2,000 yards on offense with 19 touchdowns.

But you never know what will happen when you take an inexperienced playoff team (Rams) vs. one that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last year (Falcons). I’m choosing to side with Gurley’s explosiveness. Rams 28, Falcons 20

Browns fans should use this as an open thread to discuss the game!