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Wild Card Saturday Will Showcase Experience Versus Talent

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Experience Versus Talent Is The Big Headline On Wild Card Saturday

The time of the season everybody has been waiting for is finally here. Wild Card Saturday is here and showcases a big night game. After coming off a 4-12 season last year, the Rams have had an impressive bounce-back campaign. That was made possible by the emergence of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. The Falcons are the only NFC team to return to the playoffs from last season. Despite an up and down season, Atlanta managed to fight for the last seed in the playoffs. Here’s what you should watch for in Saturday’s Wild Card matchup.

Experience vs. Talent

Everyone says it’s a different beast when heading into the postseason. Luckily, the Falcons understand that beast after being in the playoffs last season. They know what it takes to get to the Super Bowl and have players capable of making a run. On the other hand, the Rams will be brand new to the playoff atmosphere.

This could prove to doom the Rams. Players might get too anxious and try to do too much instead of just playing their game. They are also a young team, which means excitement and nervousness could overcome them. Even though they are very talented, experience usually beats talent in these situations.

The Battle Of The Defensive Tackles

Both teams have some talented defensive tackles playing in this game. Aaron Donald has by far been the best defensive tackle this season. His ability to get to the quarterback and stop the run makes him nearly unstoppable. Saturday he will go against Ben Garland, who has been decent taking the place of Andy Levitre. Not only has Donald had an impressive season, but Grady Jarrett has too.

Grady Jarrett has been the best player on the Falcons defense this year. If the Falcons want any chance of stopping the best scoring offense, Jarrett needs to cause havoc. If he can get in the backfield and stop Gurley and Goff, it is going to be a long day for their offense.

Falcons Offense Has To Get Going Early

If there is one thing we all know, it’s that the 2017 Falcons offense is nothing like last year’s. They have shown flashes, but not to the extent of what it used to be. The Falcons still have a great offense that could put up points. If they can get going early, this could hurt the Rams. Playing behind is something a young team does not want to do in a playoff game. Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman will have to be big for the Falcons in this game — and in the future, if they win. Players such as Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman will have to produce as well. This will definitely be a good matchup to watch on Wild Card Saturday.

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