Atlanta let an early double-digit lead slip away before holding on at the Los Angeles Coliseum, setting up a showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in next week's NFC divisional round.
The defense is better than a year ago, moving into the top 10 in scoring and total yards for the first time at the end of the regular season in 1998 - when the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl.
On paper, Philadelphia may seem like they would have an advantage facing an Atlanta team as the No. 6 seed, but also keep in mind this is a team on a mission looking to redeem themselves after suffering the worst Super Bowl collapse in National Football League history last February when they blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots.
The health of Julio Jones might play the biggest factor in whether Ryan can put up similar numbers in these playoffs, as the wide receiver comes into the game nursing an injured left thumb.
Los Angeles can not afford to let Julio Jones get hot early in this game, otherwise all they'll be doing is playing catch up and hoping for a stop to try and get back in control of things.
You can watch the National Football League playoffs on Sky this year as they'll be broadcasting all the games live.
Goff finished 24 of 45 for 259 yards.
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Here's what makes these Saints such a fascinating team: the 38-year-old Brees threw for just 4,335 yards (his lowest total since 2005) and 23 TDs (lowest since 2003), but was the league's most accurate passer with a record-breaking 72 per cent completion rate. The Rams' Jared Goff has had a breakout season, but would anyone be surprised if the enormity of the moment rattled the young player?
Cooper is a Pro Bowl selection after a strong season on special teams. Cooper bobbled several other kicks as jitters were clearly a factor.
Playoff winning teams typically have proven quarterbacks, giving a significant edge to the Falcons.
This isn't last season's version of the Falcons, which boasted one of the greatest offences of all-time.
The loss was a disappointing end to the season for a resurgent Rams' team. Jones ended the season with 88 catches for 1,444 yards, but his three touchdowns is his fewest haul in a year since 2013, when he only played five games that campaign before suffering a season-ending foot injury.
But the score was made possible with a huge 52-yard catch-and-run by Mohamed Sanu two plays earlier.