C.J. Anderson’s previous Super Bowl experience should help Rams in big way

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C.J. Anderson hopes to add a second Super Bowl ring to his collection by helping the Los Angeles Rams defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Back in December, the Los Angeles Rams faced a difficult situation with Todd Gurley dealing with a minor knee injury, which would eventually lead to the signing of C.J. Anderson as an insurance policy.

At the time, there were some questions surrounding this decision by the Rams since despite the experience Anderson brought to the table, there were some questions over whether the team would be better off having rookie John Kelly see an increased role.

As Los Angeles and their fans now know, the decision to sign Anderson was the best choice the team could have made when looking at how much of an impact the veteran has made since joining the team.

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Not only did Anderson make an immediate impact by breaking the 100-yard rushing mark in each of the final two games during the regular season when Gurley was out, but he’s also come through in a big way during the playoffs.

Watching Anderson and Gurley each rush for 100+ yards in the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys was impressive for numerous reasons, but watching him lead the team in rushing yards in the NFC Championship during their win over the New Orleans Saints was truly incredible.

In fact, if it wasn’t for Anderson stepping up the way he did against the Saints in a game when Gurley had an off day with only 10 rushing yards and a touchdown on four carries, chances are the Rams wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend.

Unlike most of his teammates, Anderson knows a thing or two about playing in the big game since he was a member of the Denver Broncos when they won the Super Bowl in 2016.

Denver’s defense received most of the credit for defeating the Carolina Panthers three years ago, but it was Anderson who recorded 100 yards from the line of scrimmage to help the offense in a big way, including a two-yard touchdown run in the final minutes that helped seal the victory.

Thanks to this previous experience, there’s a good chance Anderson won’t be feeling as much pressure as the rest of his teammates since the running back can use what took place three years ago to his advantage to put the Rams in better position to defeat the Patriots.

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Looking back at all of the key moves made by Los Angeles in the offseason to put them in the best position possible to win the Super Bowl, who ever would have thought that Anderson of all players would end up being one of the best signings by the team?