FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen warms up before an NFL football game in Detroit.  Atlanta ranks in the top 10 in both total defense and scoring defense and that's a claim the Falcons, who play the Rams in the wild-card game on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, haven't been able to make since 1998.
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen warms up before an NFL football game in Detroit. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 in both total defense and scoring defense and that's a claim the Falcons, who play the Rams in the wild-card game on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, haven't been able to make since 1998. Paul Sancya, File AP Photo
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen warms up before an NFL football game in Detroit. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 in both total defense and scoring defense and that's a claim the Falcons, who play the Rams in the wild-card game on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, haven't been able to make since 1998. Paul Sancya, File AP Photo

Improving young defense emerges as Falcons' point of pride

January 03, 2018 03:05 PM