Rams schooled by Falcons in return to playoffs
The Los Angeles Rams' first playoff appearance in 13 seasons came to a quick end Saturday night when the young, upstart team led by the NFL's youngest coach was schooled by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, who won 26-13 in the first playoff game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1979.
Cooper fumbled on a kickoff return late in the first quarter when he was hit by Damontae Kazee, with Kemal Ishmael recovering at the Rams 32.
Matt Bryant kicked field goals of 29 and 51 yards in the first quarter.
The Falcons, who blew a 28-3 lead in last season's Super Bowl, had their first score set up by a special teams blunder by the Rams that allowed Atlanta to almost completely flip the field.
The Rams had gone from 4-12 in 2016, their first season back in Los Angeles after 22 years in St. Louis, to 11-5 and the NFC West championship under first-year coach Sean McVay.