Rams Lose to Falcons in NFL Playoffs


It was 2004 the last time the Rams franchise made the playoffs. However, they were in St. Louis at that time. The last time the Los Angeles Rams made the playoffs was way back in 1989. Therefore, it was a time for celebration when the Rams surpassed even the most optimistic expectations to go 11-5 during regular season and make the playoffs. Quarterback Jared Goff made a huge improvement during his second year at the helm of the offense for the Rams. Unfortunately, their season came to an abrupt end when the Rams were defeated by a score of 26-13 by the Atlanta Falcons.

There were many reasons why the Rams lost this game. One of the biggest killers for the Rams was their poor play on special teams. This has been a big issue for the team during the entire 2017 season. Great effort was made to correct the special teams mistakes that had plagued the Rams so many times during the regular season. Unfortunately, the same old problems resurfaced at the worst possible time. The Falcons were able to capitalize and turn the special teams blunders by the Rams into points. This eventually caused the 2017 season for the Rams to come to an end.

Pharoh Cooper will go down in history as the single member of the Rams who was most responsible for their loss to the Falcons. He had a spectacular season as a kick returner. He even earned himself a selection to the Pro Bowl that was definitely deserved. However, the first quarter against the Falcons was an absolute nightmare for Cooper. He fumbled a kickoff return and also messed up a punt when he was unable to get in sync with Blake Countess. Cooper admitted after the game that he did a very poor job of protecting the football during the game. That is a large understatement.

Rams head coach Sean McVay came to the defense of Cooper after the game. He said that is was unfortunate about what happened on those two plays in the first quarter. However, McVay feels they do not take anything away from the outstanding season that Cooper had. Not much was expected from the Rams this season after they were a dismal 4-12 in 2016. The fact that they were able to go 11-5 the next year bodes very well for their future. The maturation of Jared Goff will be critical.



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