If the Falcons are forced to play from behind and abandon the run, Sanu can be the key to moving the chains.
The Falcons snuck into the postseason with a week 17 victory and have locked up the second wild card spot setting them up for a date on Saturday with the resurgent Los Angeles Rams who have been remarkable to watch this season and are a very risky team on both sides of the football.
Now he faces an Atlanta Falcons team that hasn't fared well against pass-catching running backs.
All of those close calls and near misses are positive signs heading into the postseason, according to Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. In the last two games, Bryant has accounted for 27 of the Falcons' points, booting nine field goals.
Both sides have an abundance of offensive talent, but the Rams probably have the edge defensively and will have the all important home advantage. If this game wasn't in Southern California, the Rams would definitely have a harder time. "It was one we've been waiting on to get those kinds of takeaways".
The juxtaposition of the two franchises makes for an interesting storyline as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is expecting 70,000 fans for the first National Football League playoff game at the stadium in 40 years. The Rams Pro Bowl running back finished the season on an absolute tear, racking up more than 450 total yards and six touchdowns in Weeks 15 and 16. Ryan, pressured by Connor Barwin, slipped on the play-action play yet still had the presence to loft a ideal pass to Jones' back shoulder for the most important touchdown of the game.
The last time Los Angeles had the opportunity to play postseason football, they played these same Falcons, but in the Georgia Dome with Michael Vick on the opposite sideline. If the Rams can get Todd Gurley going like they have and take pressure off the 2nd-year QB they can get that high-power attack cranking like they did most of the season.
Gurley's had an MVP-caliber season.
"That's not something I worry about or think about too much", he said. "We knew the physicality of style we wanted to play, so I definitely had an eye on him and looked at him and evaluated him".
But the Panthers' success overwhelmingly comes down to their dual-threat quarterback, as we saw in last weekend's three-interception performance against the Falcons. Jones ended the season with 88 catches for 1,444 yards, but his three touchdowns is his fewest haul in a year since 2013, when he only played five games that campaign before suffering a season-ending foot injury.