Todd Gurley’s off day in NFC Championship shows just how deep Rams are on offense
The Los Angeles Rams managed to reach Super Bowl 53 on a day in which Todd Gurley only saw four carries.
In what may go down as the most thrilling game of the playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams held on for the 26-23 win over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship on Sunday to officially punch their ticket to Super Bowl 53.
All season, the Rams have been viewed as one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the big game when looking at all of the talent Sean McVay was fortunate enough to work with, especially on offense with Todd Gurley.
While there was plenty of potential surrounding the former Georgia running back over his first two NFL seasons, Gurley’s game has elevated to a whole new level over the previous two seasons under McVay after watching the running back find the end zone 40 total times.
With the Rams in for a tough battle against the New England Patriots with the chance to become Super Bowl 53 champions, Los Angeles would love nothing more than to see their beloved running back come through with a monster game in less than two weeks.
Of course, there are some concerns surrounding the status of Gurley following the NFC Championship in which he only received four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown. One can only imagine how different the outcome of that game would have been if Los Angeles didn’t sign C.J. Anderson as insurance back in December, but all the focus now is on making sure Gurley is ready to go for the biggest game of his life during the Super Bowl.
At first, there were questions surrounding whether Gurley’s knee was bothering him when looking at some of his struggles early on against the Saints, but now it looks like Gurley simply just had one of those off days, which happens to just about every athlete at some point in the NFL.
Most football fans never would have thought Los Angeles of all teams would be able to win a tough game like this in New Orleans when Gurley was limited to just four carries, but this shows how dangerous their offense truly can be.
From Jared Goff receiving additional help from players like Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds to others like Tyler Higbee stepping up when needed, the Rams showed once again in the NFC Championship how talented this offense is beyond Gurley.
Knowing the Patriots, Bill Belichick will make sure his defense is well prepared to keep Gurley in check as much as possible since as bad as the NFC Championship was for him personally, the Rams star is still capable of exploding at any given moment.
At least if Gurley does end up with another disappointing performance in Atlanta, Los Angeles will still have plenty of other reliable weapons for Goff to work with to provide better hope at taking down New England with an opportunity to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.