C.J. Anderson Explains How Patriots ‘Frustrated’ Rams In Super Bowl LIII

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He added: "Yeah, he'd never really tell me".

He returned for the playoffs - with 16 carries for 115 yards against Dallas - but had only a combined 14 carries and two receptions in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LIII.

The Patriots held the Rams - a team that averaged just under 33 points a game in the regular season - to a field goal in the Super Bowl. "So it aggravates. If he was getting a lot of touches earlier in the year- obviously, him being one of the best running backs that probably was the case". Anderson, has now explained that Gurley was in poorer condition than the team initially disclosed as the playoffs wore on.

Anderson made the comments Tuesday on FS1's Undisputed.

"He was more hurt than what we thought", Anderson said, via USA Today.

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From Gurley's perspective, football fans will always respect a player who is willing to battle through injuries to play, but watching the results of the NFC Championship and Super Bowl show that maybe he shouldn't have been playing at all. Obviously he got them there, 21 touchdowns this year, what he's done in this league since he's been in has been great. So if you slow down the run game and then you limit the big plays.

After the win over the Saints, McVay indicated that he'd try to get Gurley more involved in the Super Bowl while Gurley sounded grateful that he would get another chance to contribute after a no-show against the Saints. But with the Lombardi Trophy on the line, the Patriots gave up just one play over 20 yards at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

To top it all off, Los Angeles continued to make the claim that Gurley was completely fine, and wasn't dealing with any sort of injury, making this entire situation even more frustrating to deal with. To Bayless's suggestion, though, that McVay simply felt that Anderson had been "running at a higher level" than Gurley and was "the hotter back", Anderson demurred. At least not fully so, according to the other Rams running back of note, C.J. Anderson.

"It's Todd's team", Anderson said.

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