2018 NFL Playoffs: How to Watch Falcons vs Rams Without Cable

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NFC Wild Card Game

When: January 6th, 8:15 p.m. EST

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Channel: NBC

The Falcons’ return trip to the playoffs has been anything but smooth. After their historic choke to the Patriots in Super Bowl 51, the Falcons began this season 3-0 and used their horrific loss as motivation. Shaky performances followed and Falcons found themselves 4-4 after a tough divisional loss to the Panthers. Falcons fans could sense disaster stream rolling toward them again. Atlanta saved their season by going 6-2 in the second half, but their offense was a shell of the unit that led the NFC in scoring by a wide margin in 2016.  They’ll face the upstart NFC West Champion Rams this Saturday at 8:15pm EST on NBC.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff looked awful in his rookie season with the team and pundits pounded them for not drafting Carson Wentz. But Goff rebounded under rookie head coach Sean McVay, throwing for 3804 yards and 28 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. The real star in Los Angeles this year though was Todd Gurley, who vaulted over Goff into the MVP discussion with a stellar stretch run. The former Georgia star rushed for 1305 yards and added another 788 yards on 64 receptions. Winning MVP is difficult for running backs (really any non-quarterback), but 2000+ yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns is tough to overlook.

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Falcons signal-caller Matt Ryan was the 2016 MVP, but his numbers dramatically fell off this year. Ryan’s 2016 performance blew away his career norms in every passing statistic and he was due for a bit of regression in 2017. But Ryan only threw 20 touchdown passes this season, his lowest total since his rookie campaign in 2008. Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman can still power the Falcons’ offense, so if Ryan can get back to last year’s level of play (or even the level he was at from 2009 to 2014), this team will be a very tough out.

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The Rams scored the most points in the NFL and their defense was top ten in yards allowed (9th in rushing, 10th in passing). But the Falcons actually gave up fewer points and they have the skill players to match Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. The Rams have home field advantage, but only went 4-4 at the Coliseum. The Falcons are deep and talented and have the playoff experience edge. The NFC field is loaded with quality teams and this game is proof that tough out don’t exist.

How To Stream The 2018 NFL Playoffs: NFC Wild Card Game

NBC is carrying this game, which gives cord cutters plenty of options, including the good, old-fashioned antenna. A complete list of streaming options is listed below.

The game is Saturday January 6th at 8:15pm EST on NBC. Make sure you have a way to watch. 



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