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Rams RB Todd Gurley, C.J. Anderson combine for just 20 yards in 1st half of Super Bowl 53

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The Los Angeles Rams’ offense has been the team’s strength this season, but that has yet to manifest in their Super Bowl 53 matchup with the New England Patriots. That has a lot to do with the fact that the backfield tandem of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson was a non-factor in the first half.

In fact, Gurley and Anderson combined for only 20 rushing yards in the first half. Granted that Gurley is reportedly having a knee issue, that output was still way below than what people expected to see from the running back duo. Back in the regular season, the Rams finished third in the NFL with 143.4 rushing yards per game, thanks in large part to Gurley’s exploits and the late-season addition and effectiveness of Anderson.

Speaking of Anderson, the veteran tailback was having a fantastic playoff stretch prior to Super Bowl 53. He opened the playoffs with an explosive performance in the divisional round, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the win against the Dallas Cowboys. He had 44 rushing yards in the NFC title game showdown with the New Orleans Saints. In the Dallas game, Gurley had 115 rushing yards and a touchdown, while pumping out just 10 rushing yards (with a token touchdown) in the meeting with the Saints.

Nevertheless, the Rams are still in step with the Patriots despite the anemic performance of their backs.