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SportThe Rams’ smashmouth offense beat the Cowboys and can get them to the Super Bowl

06:40  13 january  2019
06:40  13 january  2019 Source:   sbnation.com

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In American football, a smashmouth offense is an offensive system that relies on a strong running game, where most of the plays run by the offense are handoffs to the fullback or tailback. It is a more traditional style of offense that often results in a higher time of possession by running the ball heavily.

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff finished Saturday with 186 passing yards — his lowest total since a disastrous four-interception game against the Bears. It wasn’t nearly as costly this around, though, because the Rams didn’t need him to much in their 30-22 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

BOX SCORE: RAMS 30, COWBOYS 22

Instead, it was the combo of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson that got the Rams to the NFC Championship.

Gurley finished with 115 yards on 16 attempts and Anderson — who was signed by the Rams in December — finished with 123 yards on 23 attempts. Gurley scored one touchdown; Anderson scored two.

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The only team in the last decade to have a pair of triple-digit rushers in a playoff game was the 49ers in 2013 when Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore ran all over the Packers. The last pair of running backs on the same team to each top 100 yards was Terrell Davis and Derek Loville of the Broncos way back in a 1997 win against the Jaguars.

It was a bruising, powerful performance by the Rams against a Cowboys defense that allowed just 3.8 yards per carry — fifth best in the NFL — during the regular season. Dallas gave up just 73 rushing yards to the Seahawks on 24 carries a week ago.

With the win, the Rams are headed to the NFC Championship for the first time since the days of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Torry Holt. They’ll be headed back to the Super Bowl for the first time since “The Greatest Show on Turf” days too if they find the same success on the ground next week.

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The four-time Super Bowl MVP has been the catalyst behind 77 fourth quarter and overtime points with the franchise. Sorting the franchise’s biggest games by order of watchability is a tall task, but But like the Rams two years prior, the Panthers gave Brady and Adam Vinatieri too much time to counterpunch.

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The Rams offensive line was the real MVP(s)

Somehow in the lead up to the Rams’ Divisional Round matchup against the Cowboys, a few analysts believed that the Los Angeles offensive line could end up getting the team bounced from the postseason.

Monday Night Football analyst Booger McFarland went so far as to call it one of the biggest liabilities of any of the eight teams still alive after Wild Card Weekend:

That’s a weird analysis of a Rams offensive line that avoided injuries altogether, and finished ranked No. 6 in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. Only seven teams allowed fewer sacks than the Rams, and the team was No. 3 in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt.

The Rams’ line passed a tough test against the Cowboys with flying colors. And another ESPN analyst Mike Greenberg thought everyone should be shocked by that.

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The Rams offensive line proved throughout the season that it’s a group ready to bully defensive lines. It’s past time for them to get their earned respect.

Running the ball wins in the playoffs

Seven of the top nine teams at stopping the run made the playoffs. So did all seven of the top seven teams in turnover margin.

When January football comes, time of possession is paramount. The team that can still run the ball when just about every defense is good, and can still dictate the pace of the game will win. Especially if they can avoid turnovers that allow big swings of momentum.

The Rams didn’t have any turnovers Saturday, and finished with 36:13 of possession. It was the first time the Cowboys — who are built around running the ball and stopping the run — finished with less than 24 minutes of possession.

Next up for the Rams will either be the Saints or the Eagles. While Philadelphia allowed 4.7 rushing yards per game — No. 21 in the NFL — the New Orleans defense gave up just 3.6 yards per carry. That was second best in the NFL, and could mean another stiff test is ahead for the Rams in the NFC Championship.

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