This Saturday night, the No. 6 Atlanta Falcons (10-6) will travel to L.A. to take on the No. 3 Los Angeles Rams (11-5) for the 2017-18 NFC Wild Card showdown.
In 22 postseason games in Atlanta’s franchise history, the Falcons and Rams have only met once in the playoffs before this weekend.
The day was Jan. 15, 2005.
The place: the Georgia Dome for the ’04 Divisional Round match-up between Atlanta and the St. Louis Rams.
A 47-17 Atlanta shellacking of the Rams, with then-Falcons quarterback Michael Vick running for 119 yards and tossing two touchdowns (12-of-16 passing for 82 yards).
Rams quarterback Marc Bulger tossed for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23-of-35 passing, but was sacked four times and turned the ball over twice against Atlanta’s Keith Brooking-led defense.
Back-to-back Warrick Dunn rushing touchdowns, from 62 and 19 yards out, in the first half put Atlanta in control, 21-7.
With a 35-17 halftime lead, Atlanta shut St. Louis out in the second half to preserve the playoff drubbing and clinching a spot in the following week’s NFC Championship match-up (a 27-10 loss to Philadelphia).
Between Vick, Dunn and T.J. Duckett, the Falcons put up 327 yards and a trio of touchdowns on the ground in the Divisional Round win.
Who wins the Falcons/Rams postseason rematch this Saturday night? We’ll have our Wild Card picks up tomorrow!