Todd Gurley, C.J. Anderson Lead Rams to NFC Championship with Win vs. Cowboys | Bleacher Report

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12:  Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams scores a 35 yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Rams moved on to the NFC Championship Game after they earned their first playoff win since 2004 on Saturday night.

The running game led the way in the 30-22 divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson each topped 100 rushing yards and combined for three touchdowns as the Rams avoided the upset against what had been one of the NFL‘s hottest teams.

Dak Prescott finished with a passing touchdown and rushing score, but it wasn’t enough to help the Cowboys, who still haven’t won a road playoff game since 1993. 


Dominant Offensive Line Can Pave Way to Rams Super Bowl Win

The Rams finished the year second in the NFL in both total yards and points scored, but not a lot of credit was given to the offensive line. Not a single player on the unit was named to the Pro Bowl or either All-Pro team.

However, the group deserves full recognition for its showing against a tough Cowboys defense.

The Rams gashed Dallas’ front seven on the ground, rushing for 170 yards in the first half before finishing with 273 yards in the game. 

Todd Gurley was the obvious focal point coming in and finished with 115 yards on the ground, but veteran C.J. Anderson was even more impressive with 123 yards and two scores.

While each played well on their own, it was easier with wide-open holes created by Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold and others. 

Those watching along recognized the play of the big boys up front:

The effort in the first half likely helped convince Sean McVay to go for it on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, which ended up being a second touchdown for Anderson.

Dallas ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and held Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson to just 20 yards on 13 carries in the Wild Card Game. However, the team couldn’t slow down the Rams in this one.

The pass blocking was just as impressive Saturday, as Jared Goff was sacked zero times with just one quarterback hit.

This type of performance will be necessary in the NFC Championship Game no matter who the Rams face. The Saints had the No. 2 run defense in the league with Cameron Jordan making an impact in the pass rush, while Fletcher Cox, Michael Bennett and the Eagles defensive line is also no joke.

However, if the offensive line can play like it did against the Cowboys, no one will be able to stop the Rams offense before they raise the Lombardi Trophy in a few weeks.


What’s Next?

The Rams advance to the NFC Championship Game to face either the New Orleans Saints or Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile, the Cowboys will go into the offseason hoping they can find the missing pieces needed to get over the hump. 


This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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