Rams vs. Falcons: Takeaways from St. Louis' 31-24 Loss to Atlanta

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Rams vs. Falcons: Takeaways from St. Louis' 31-24 Loss to Atlanta
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The St. Louis Rams (1-1) traveled to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) and suffered a 31-24 loss—their first of the year. 

The Rams sabotaged themselves early in the game, allowing Atlanta to take a 21-0 lead by the second quarter. The Falcons entered halftime with a comfortable 24-3 lead. 

The Rams showed some life in the second half by scoring touchdowns on back-to-back drives, which helped cut the deficit to just seven points. 

Atlanta regained a 14-point lead with the help of a Jason Snelling touchdown, but the Rams answered back with a Tavon Austin touchdown, once again helping to bring the deficit to seven points with just under three minutes in the game. 

In a somewhat questionable move, the Rams decided to kick away rather than attempting the onside kick. The St. Louis defense failed to get the stop, and the Rams could not get the ball back in quarterback Sam Bradford's hands. 

The Rams showed life in the second half, but Atlanta's early-game rampage put the game out of hand. 

Here are several key takeaways from Sunday's game.

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