Watch Julio Jones pull in a touchdown reception in the National Football League playoffs

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff loosens up while preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL football wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. But Barron was also a full participant in practice on Friday and is expected to play and start against Atlanta. Atlanta, who gained traction offensively before LA, got the first points of the game on a field goal and never looked back. PFF previews the top player matchups of this win-or-go-home game.

The Eagles last faced the Falcons in a November 2016 regular-season matchup and won by a score of 24-15. Even so, Quinn senses his team, boosted by last year's long postseason run, is peaking at the right time. Coupled with one of the league's best pass rushes, led by potential NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, and the Rams have the pieces necessary to return to the playoffs in 2019 and learn from their experience in 2018. 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.

Atlanta's biggest concern was starting running back Devonta Freeman, who has a knee injury that made some question whether he'd be able to play against the Rams. "It can make such a difference in the game, more options for the offense". "We've been tested. I thought we've come through the fires to the other side together as one brotherhood".

"We kind of loosened up after that", he said, adding he believes this year's team "started our push" following a loss to New Orleans on December 7.



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