LOS ANGELES -- When Jared Goff was preparing to become the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft earlier this year, many scouts and observers compared him to Matt Ryan, the veteran quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons.The struggling Los Angeles Rams (4-8) get a chance to compare Goff against the genuine article on Sunday when the Falcons (7-5) attempt to bolster their faltering playoff push at the Coliseum.Goff is expected to make his fourth NFL start after losing his first three despite playing solidly for the NFLs worst offense.The 22-year-old rookies big arm and quick decision-making in college reminded many of Ryan, but Atlanta coach Dan Quinn sees another similarity.Both of them are very good competitors, and I think thats one of the things (about) Matt that people talk about a lot, Quinn said.He is tough. Hes going to let it rip and take the shot as a competitor. And Goff, I know, has a lot of those same qualities. He singlehandedly got hot in some games through college, and I saw that reason alone why people want to say, `This is the dude to build it around. And you see that in the play now, to say that theyve really got something there.Ryan has the Falcons tied for the top spot in the NFC South with a standout season, leading them to an NFL-best 32.2 points per game by throwing 27 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions.He hasnt been perfect, as evidenced by two game-deciding interceptions last week in a narrow loss to Kansas City.But the nine-year pro has the Falcons in position for their first playoff berth since 2012 with a strong finish despite two losses in their past three games.Ryan is just the latest elite quarterback faced by the Rams this season after Drew Brees and Tom Brady shredded their once-vaunted defense in the previous two weeks.Los Angeles has lost three straight and seven of eight, reducing its playoff chances to a whisper heading into the final month.Were struggling on offense, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said after they went 1 for 12 on third downs in a blowout loss to New England last week. I cant blame Jared. I thought Jared did some really good things.Here are more things to watch when these former divisional rivals get back together:POINT BREAK: The Rams have scored 180 points this season -- a whopping 206 fewer than the Falcons. That yawning disparity could mean trouble for the Rams, but they also see an opportunity: Atlanta has the NFLs 32nd-ranked pass defense in the absence of injured cornerback Desmond Trufant, and it should provide ample opportunities for Goff to make plays downfield and to turn this into a high-scoring affair.The Rams awful running game gives them little reason to hold back in the passing game, and theyre hoping to have top receiver Tavon Austin back in uniform after he missed last weeks game.JULIOS TOE: Julio Jones, the Falcons superstar receiver, could miss the game or be limited after struggling with turf toe this week.The Rams have fared decently against elite receivers this season, and highly paid cornerback Trumaine Johnson realizes he could be isolated in coverage on Jones this week.Los Angeles defense is eager for a redemptive game after blowing a 10-point lead on the final two drives against Miami in the Rams previous home game three weeks ago, followed by two straight humiliations on the road.AVOIDING COLLAPSE: The Falcons have been caught atop the NFC South by Tampa Bay, which lost to the Rams earlier this season. Atlanta started 6-1 last season before collapsing, but this trip to Los Angeles begins a slate of very winnable games for Ryan and the Falcons against four NFC teams with losing records.FINALLY HOME: The Rams brutal schedule in their homecoming season kept them away from Los Angeles for eight of their first 12 games.Now that the season is all but lost, the Rams have three of their final four games at home, including games on Christmas Eve and New Years Day.Los Angeles is just 1/3 at home, losing three straight since its official homecoming game way back on Sept. 18.WRAP IT UP: With their 13th consecutive non-winning regular season already locked up, the Rams are one loss away from clinching their fifth straight losing season under Fisher, who might not be back next season despite his contract extension.Fisher is likely to get a chilly reception from Coliseum fans tired of the Rams losing ways and inept offense, but a victory would boost his chances of getting to fulfill that new contract.---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Yeezy Boost 350 . 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Max Holloway might be the one to give it some clarity.Holloway (17-3) claimed UFCs interim featherweight championship Saturday by defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis via TKO in the third round. The 145-pound bout headlined UFC 206 inside Air Canada Centre.Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight with 10 seconds remaining in the third round. Pettis (19-6) had fallen to a crouched position and could only cover up from punches.The win sets up a future meeting between Holloway and official titleholder Jose Aldo.We couldnt fight Aldo, so I started calling it Jose Waldo, hashtag Wheres Jose Waldo? Holloway said. [UFC 208] Brooklyn in February, lets get the f---ing real [title]! This is my ticket to Jose Waldo. You tell me when you find him.Holloway, out of Waianae, Hawaii, is now on a 10-fight win streak, third longest in UFC. He has not suffered a loss since a unanimous decision defeat to Conor McGregor in August 2013.It was actually McGregor who held up the weight class this year. The Irish star won the title last December by knocking out Aldo in 13 seconds and has since fought three times without making a defense. UFC was finally forced to take the belt from McGregor last month.Although McGregor (21-3) will likely point out that the next title fight will feature two men he beat, the 25-year-old Holloway has been nothing short of brilliant since the McGregor loss.Holloway piccked his shots Saturday, showing a clear respect for Pettis knockout ability.dddddddddddd Holloway played with the range in the first two rounds and eventually started to find timing on his right hand.He opened a cut over Pettis right eye in the second round and stuffed the Milwaukee natives attempts to get the fight to the ground. Holloway scored a couple of trip takedowns, but he refused to follow Pettis to the floor.The finish started with a spinning back kick to Pettis midsection, followed by a right hand to the head. Another kick landed to the body moments later, and Pettis appeared to be done.Pettis (19-6) would not have won the interim title even if he won the bout. The 29-year-old missed weight by three pounds Friday and said he will move back up to the 155-pound division.The first punch I threw, my right hand hit him on the top of the head and broke, Pettis said. Max Holloway is a beast. He stood with me and got the belt.Its too much to make the cut. They literally had to pull me out of the sauna. I have to go up. I cant make 145. The weight cut is too hard.Once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Pettis has now lost four of his past five fights.Aldo (26-2) won the interim title by defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July. 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