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Rams snap skid by beating Falcons 37-10 as Ryan hurts ankle

Rams snap skid by beating Falcons 37-10 as Ryan hurts ankle

Rams snap skid by beating Falcons 37-10 as Ryan hurts ankle
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) misses the catch against Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reacts as medical personel attend to him after injury against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) leaves the field after injury against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) works in the pocket as Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley (44) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (17) makes the catch against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kendall Sheffield (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) hits Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) causing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nick Scott (33) hits Atlanta Falcons defensive back Jordan Miller (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Rams snap skid by beating Falcons 37-10 as Ryan hurts ankle

ATLANTA (AP) - Jalen Ramsey's entrance boosted the Los Angeles Rams' hopes they can return to the postseason.

Matt Ryan's exit with an ankle injury provided a painful reminder the Atlanta Falcons have little hope remaining to avoid another losing season.

Jared Goff threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Rams returned to the site of last season's Super Bowl loss to beat the reeling Falcons 37-10 on Sunday.

The Rams (4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak in the debut of Ramsey, the former All-Pro cornerback acquired from Jacksonville earlier in the week.

With Ramsey's addition to the secondary, the Los Angeles defense enjoyed a productive day with five sacks, an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown.

"We're back on track," said linebacker Dante Fowler, who had three sacks and a forced fumble.

Coach Sean McVay was impressed by Ramsey's ability to prepare for the game following Tuesday's trade from Jacksonville.

"I can't say enough about his ability to digest the game plan," McVay said.

"I think it's just a real credit to our defensive coaches and then Jalen's ability ... to come in on short notice with such short practice time and do what he did. It was a good boost to our team, to be sure."

The Falcons (1-6) suffered their fifth straight loss.

Ryan's right leg bent awkwardly as he was sacked by Aaron Donald in the fourth quarter, causing a fumble that Donald recovered.

Ryan limped off the field and was escorted to the medical tent on the sideline. He walked to the locker room, still favoring the ankle, with 7:36 remaining in the game.

Coach Dan Quinn said he did not know the severity of Ryan's injury. Ryan wore a walking boot in the locker room and was not made available for his usual postgame news conference.

Donald was credited with a sack, forced fumble and recovery on the play. It was the Rams' fifth sack of Ryan, matching the five sacks by Atlanta's defense this season - none in the last four games.

"That amount of quarterback hits and sacks for sure was a real factor in this game," Quinn said.

Matt Schaub replaced Ryan and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper with 2:36 remaining.

The final insult for Atlanta came with only 11 seconds left, when Kenjon Barner fumbled a punt return when hit by Troy Reeder and Darious Williams recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Ryan's injury was the latest and perhaps most damaging dose of bad news for the woeful Falcons. Quinn's job security appears shaky at best as he quickly runs out of time to avoid a second straight losing season.

Quinn, who took on the added role of defensive coordinator following a 7-9 finish in 2018, revealed after the game that he began assigning some defensive play-calling duties to assistants in last week's loss at Arizona and continued to share that role on Sunday.

"I'm always looking to do anything that's best for the team," Quinn said. "My ego is never bigger than the team."

Quinn said he doesn't believe he has lost the team or the season.

"I never think you're out of the fight," Quinn said. "You shouldn't think that way as a team member and I certainly don't think that way as a coach."

Atlanta's frustrations showed in a third-quarter fight between running back Devonta Freeman and Donald that led to Freeman's ejection. The two locked up after Ryan's pass off Mohamed Sanu's hands was intercepted by Cory Littleton deep in Atlanta territory with the Rams leading 20-3.

Freeman had his hands on Donald's facemask before throwing a punch at the much bigger defensive tackle, which appeared to make little if any contact. Umpire Terry Killens finally pulled Freeman away from Donald, taking Freeman to the ground in an apparent unintentional body slam before quickly helping Freeman to his feet.

Each player drew unnecessary roughness penalties, and Freeman was tossed for throwing the punch.

The turnover left the Rams at the Atlanta 16 for a short drive capped by Goff's 1-yard scoring run.

With running back Ito Smith already out with an injury, Freeman's ejection left Brian Hill and return specialist Kenjon Barner as the options at running back.

Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Bortles took over on the Rams' final possession.

Atlanta's offense struggled even before Freeman's exit and Ryan's injury. The Falcons were limited to 224 yards.

As expected, Ramsey shadowed Falcons standout Julio Jones much of the game. Jones had six catches for 93 yards in his first matchup with Ramsey.

Goff threw a perfectly placed 13-yard touchdown pass to Todd Gurley early in the second quarter. He added an 8-yard scoring pass to Gerald Everett in the third quarter.


Smith was carted off the field late in the first quarter with head and neck injuries following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Rams linebacker Cory Littleton. There was no flag. Smith did not return.


Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley Jr. said he has heard reports he could be traded. "I'm aware of it," he said. "I'm just going to continue to try to help this team win games as long as I'm here. If a trade does happen, I'll just take it as it is."


Ramsey moved into a revamped secondary. The Rams placed cornerback Aqib Talib and safety John Johnson on injured reserve this week and traded cornerback Marcus Peters to Baltimore. That left safety Eric Weddle as the only holdover starter.

The new mix held up well. Ryan completed 16 of 27 passes for only 159 yards with an interception.


Everett, an Atlanta native, celebrated by doing the "Dirty Bird" dance made famous in the Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl season.


The Rams will remain in Atlanta to practice at Georgia Tech for a few days before flying to London for next Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

The Falcons will play the Seahawks in another home game next Sunday. Seattle leads the series 10-8, including two playoff games won by Atlanta.


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  • EDITOR'S NOTE: This original Tae Crowder story continues a special series in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau profiling homegrown talent from the state of Georgia. To access the other HomeGrown Talent articles, please visit the series hub on DawgNation.com. The eye black can tell the Tae Crowder story. Or at least kick it off. Crowder's eye black is the 2019 model. It no longer requires a big jumbo marker.The strip of black adhesive allows the wearer to write on that strip. He has done so often in his breakthrough senior year. It could convey his struggle and pain, but he chooses hope instead. It is limited, though. It cannot trace the position changesbefore he settled in during his fifth season in Athens. He now patrols the middle of Georgia's nationally-rated defense. Yet his season is not an example of one of the oldest guys on the team finally being good enough. It is more like he is finally being great. The Harris County High alum (Hamilton, Ga.) did soak up four previous seasons of how the Georgia staff sculpts and molds its ILBs, including three under Kirby Smart. Now, he's finally earned the starting reps. That's a good story, but this takes a speed turn towards the exceptional with the way he's played this fall. His recent selection as a Butkus Award semifinalist jacks up the degree of difficulty with his climb a great deal. That Butkus recognition places the first-year starter among the top 12 linebackers in college football. How does one go from four career starts to a Butkus semifinalist? What powers such a sharp hairpin turn in his football career? Check the film each week. Then check his eye black. These scripts in white ink have been seen this fall: '#LLB 4s up' 'Phillippians 4:13' His head coach could start his story there, too. His proud inside linebackers coach knows what those things mean. So does his buddy up in Chicago. That's the one who is younger than him and yet somehow he is the one who is already in his second NFL season. Crowder just never gave up. Never. He just never walked back his dream to play for Georgia. That's what impresses his family the most. 'LLB 4s up' is for his lost older brother. It means Long Live Big.If his brother Cortez Johnson, Jr. was still alive today, he would still just be 23 years young. Everyone knew him as 'Big Man' and not as Cortez Johnson.When Crowder makes a play, that is for him. It was inspired by him, too. 'Every time I make a big play I thank God and I just think about him every time,' Tae Crowder said. When he said that, he took a breath. Pausing his train of thought to point to the initials 'LLB' that are also tattooed across his chest and neck. 'This tat is all him,' he said. 'I feel like where ever I go, then he is with me.' Tae Crowder: Coming up out of the mud The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior has made a statement with his fifth season in Athens. Check the timeline. 2015: Rated as a 3-star and the nation's No. 221 WR 2015: Was the No. 175 prospect in Georgia and No. 1868 overall (247Sports Composite) 2015: Almost signed with Georgia Southern. 2015: Redshirted. Slated to play RB at Georgia. 2016: Moved to ILB. Played in one game 2017: 15 games played. No starts. Recovered a big Rose Bowl squib. 2018: 15 games played. 4 starts. That's one for every year on campus up to that point. 2018: Really started to get his career 'up out of the mud' as he likes to say 2019: Started in all nine games. Second on the team in tackles. 2019: From WR to RB to Butkus Award Semifinalist. In the midst of that progression, his world was rocked. Crowder lost his older brother.That's why Crowder chose to write 'LLB 4s up' across his eye black for the Notre Dame game. The year was 2017. It was a traffic accident. Crowder was with his older brother the day before it happened. The biggest question here will not be why he did not transfer out while he waited for his turn. It is how he kept his head up as he waited for his time at Georgia. I didn't come this far, just to come this far Tae Crowder 4 (@TaeCrowder) August 5, 2017 That tweet was from back in 2017. His personal faith had been tested, but it was still strong. It is represented by that Phillipians 4:13 verse. The wait and the grind to get to the 2019 season feels to him like it was worth the wait. 'It is just a great feeling, man,' he said after the Notre Dame game. 'I just thank God for it each and every day.' That unbreakable spirit comes from his mother, Felicia. She raised him as a single parent. That set the example. Those who know her and her son wearing that 'Dirty 30' Georgia jersey describe them as two of the most positive people in this world. Crowder already had that spirit about him. When he lost his brother, it just lent even more fuel to his will he was going to make it. Eventually. 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They were always together, but they were actually like night and day. Tae was the one who really liked sports. Georgia's digital storytellers released a video this week about Crowder. It included the hardship of his brother's passing. He called it one of the biggest challenges of his time at UGA. It was. More than he lets on in that video. Some members of his family still 'can't speak on it' because it makes them so emotional. Who We Are | Tae Crowder 'I'm from Georgia, and I just take full pride in it.' pic.twitter.com/X5u43DLZ1Z Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 14, 2019 When Crowder got the call with the tragic news, he was stunned. He didn't want to believe it. So he didn't allow himself to. 'Then you get that second call and it just confirms it,' he said. He was with him just two days earlier. Crowder left to go back to Georgia for workouts on that Saturday. 'It happened that Saturday night,' he said. 'I was with him that whole week before that. That Thursday and Friday.' Crowder's deep voice has some Rick Ross tones to it. But that was a moment where a few of his deep raspy octaves cracked a little bit. He got the 'LLB' script tattoed across his neck maybe a month or two after that happened. It was necessary. Cathartic. He's been playing to honor him and his memory ever since. 'Yes, sir,' he said. 'To honor him. No doubt. It showed me I had to go. It showed me I had to grind. I took a loss in my family. It taught me to cherish every moment. You just don't know when your day like that will come.' He still thinks of how his brother motivated him during his senior year of high school ball. 'My senior year all he wanted to see me do was shine,' Crowder said. 'When I go back and watch the film of my senior year, he was always behind me. He was always putting a hand on my helmet. He was always with me on and off the field. It was just a special bond we had.' When he lost his brother, the Georgia program was there for him. 'The team was there for me, 'Crowder says in that video. 'The coaches were there for me. They let me come back when I was comfortable. I came back a week later just because I wanted to get better with the team and I used him as my motivation.' He didn't start playing linebacker until the end of his redshirt sophomore year. 'Another challenge I had was just coming home each day not knowing if I was going to ever play,' Crowder said. 'I didn't know if I still had a love for the sport. I just put my head down and went to work.' Kirby Smart: His view on the Tae Crowder story Rewind this year back to Rocky Top. The head coach of the Georgia team was beaming about Crowder's scoop-and-score TD. Eric Stokes forced the fumble. Crowder claimed it and hauled it for 60 yards for the final points of the 43-14 win. Smart knows what Crowder has gone through so he used the moment to crack a little joke about that ultimate havoc play. 'I told him he was probably the slowest guy on the field by the time he got to the end zone,' Smart said. 'He looked like a turtle finish.' Want to watch a game a little differently? Want to know who the good dudes really are? Watch what happens when a Bulldog makes a big play. Do his teammates swallow him up in hugs and helmet slaps they are so happy for him? With Crowder, his teammates all dap him up. They know. Who he is. What he has worked and waited for. They are just like Big. His team loves it when their Dirty 30 shines, too. It was not an easy transition for Crowder at the ILB spot. It was hard. As it should be. A young man doesn't just put on some magic eye black and shoot out of a cannon to make that big tackle for loss he had against Notre Dame. He had nine tackles that night. Crowder came up with another 12 stops in that tough South Carolina loss. 'The first couple times he played he didn't like contact, he wasn't into that, but he's come so far, and he's such a great story in college football for perseverance and sticking it out and staying and looking to see what he's done,' Smart told the Georgia beat reporter pool this year. 'It's pretty awesome when you think about that.' Remember that eye black? Crowder was tested early in his Georgia career. He was determined to prove that he could go on and do all things. It includes being rated as the nation's No. 1868 football player coming out of high school. It means still making impact plays after waiting for your fifth season in the SEC. It steeled him after a position change. Crowder played in just one game in his first two years at Georgia. 'I've known Tae since the eighth grade, he was a receiver, he got [a] scholarship super late, he came to be a running back, he was going to Georgia Southern, and then he ends up a Georgia,' Kirby Smart said earlier this year. 'I can still remember the first time we practiced I thought this kid is a good athlete, he's just not going to play running back here.' Now, he's a Butkus semifinalist. Amazing. When he sees his name on the back of that jersey now, it means something to him. 'Because I am from Georgia and I just take full pride in it,' he said. The young man with the 'LLB' underneath his eyes certainly seems worthy of another set of initials. It would be the hallowed 'DGD' label that DawgNation has for players who truly reflect the Bulldog spirit . With what he's endured to finally make plays for Georgia, Crowder is a Damn Good Dawg if there ever was one. 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  • ATHENS Georgia and Auburn would both prefer to run the football on first down, but the reality is neither is likely to establish any sort of consistency in the run game. It won't be for lack of effort or opportunity. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play the No. 12-ranked Tigers (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a game that has 'slugfest' written all over it. RELATED: Georgia injury report for Auburn Field position football, they call it, with Georgia using the run game to neutralize a fierce Auburn pass rush and project QB Jake Fromm from big hits. Auburn, meanwhile, looks to use its RPO package and tempo to put freshman legacy QB Bo Nix in the best possible situations and keep the Bulldogs' assignment-sound defense off balance. Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn have matched up several times, and while Smart has gotten the better of the Tigers' head coach more times than not, there's always some trepidation. 'Gus has always had a lot of different things,' Smart said. 'They've got different tempos, formations, they've got different groupings. There's just a lot to prepare for. a lot of offense, at the end of the day. 'You've got to be careful that you don't overload the kids with too much and paralyze them.' Georgia will be counting on its seniors and most experienced players to lead the way, but two freshmen have the potential to determine the outcome. Here are 7 Georgia football players to watch at Auburn RB D'Andre Swift Swift's yards per game have been dropping off as the competition has increased, though it's worth noting he broke his longest run of the season (47 yards) against Missouri. Swift broke Auburn's back in last season's game, rushing for a career-high 186 yards on 17 carries, but it's highly unlikely the junior approaches those numbers this season. Swift can, however, prove a difference maker as a receiver out of the backfield provide Jake Fromm has time to find him. QB Jake Fromm Remember that bit about how you can't go broke taking a profit? It was Fromm's way of saying how effective it is to take what the defense is giving. Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele ranks among the best in the nation, so Fromm can expect his first and second options to be off the board, so Saturday afternoon will require some heady play and careful decision making from the Georgia quarterback. Expect Fromm to use his legs often, to escape pressure and also to scramble for first down yardage. MLB Monty Rice Rice, an Alabama high school product, said there will be plenty of familiar faces on the Auburn football team. It's important he makes this game personal, because there's a feeling the Tigers' players more than 35 from Georgia are investing more emotion into the rivalry. Rice is a tone-setter at linebacker, giving the Bulldogs extra bite when he's playing at his best. Rice needs to contribute to forcing turnovers more often, however, as UGA has been sorely lacking in that area with just 10 takeaways second fewest in the SEC. TE Charlie Woerner The senior tight end is one of just four players on offense to start every game, though he has just 6 catches for 35 yards. This is a game for Woerner, a likable fan-favorite, to make a difference and live up to his celebrated name. Woerner will be charged with pivotal perimeter blocking duties and pass protection responsibilities, but he'll also be key in the huddle and in the ears of the many teammates who respect him. PK Rodrigo Blankenship There aren't any other collegiate kickers in the nation with Blankenship's fan following, nor are there many kickers with the senior's talents. Points will be at a premium at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and Blankenship will need to be at his best under pressure. Another Blankenship overtime miss this season would likely knock UGA out of the College Football Playoff picture. WR George Pickens The former Auburn commit and Hoover High School product will be in the spotlight, as much for his ability and need to produce in the pass game, as his back story. Pickens' temperament is well-known, and Georgia will need the freshman to show poise and stay in control against a Tigers' secondary that will have it out for him. Pickens has the talent to lift Georgia to victory, provided he's assignment sound and lined up properly on each snap. OLB Azeez Ojulari Only a redshirt freshman, Ojulari has become a trusted playmaker in the Georgia front seven, equally adept at playing the run and pass. Ojulari leads the Bulldogs with 5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks. It was Ojulari who had the first sack on Kyle Trask in Georgia's impressive 24-17 win over Florida in Jacksonville two weeks ago. It will likely be Ojulari who sets the tone again at Auburn. 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