Todd Gurley’s role was reduced against the Saints because of the game’s “flow.”
The star running back received just four carries and totaled 10 yards on the ground in the Rams’ 26-23 win in the NFC championship game Sunday in New Orleans. Rams coach Sean McVay explained the decision to limit Gurley’s touches after the victory.
“I think what personifies Todd is this is an MVP-caliber player and he just kept fighting, he kept supporting his teammates,” McVay told reporters. “He’s going to have an instrumental role against whoever we play, whether it be the Patriots or the Chiefs. Today, that was just kind of the feel for the flow of the game. Not anything against Todd.
“I think (the Saints) did a nice job as a whole slowing down our run game and we kind of just had to grind some things out.”
Gurley, however, made one of the game’s biggest plays when he cut his team’s deficit to 13-10 just before halftime on a 6-yard touchdown run.
“Todd’s a special player and couldn’t be more impressed with the way that he handled himself,” McVay said. “He ended up making a big-time play that ended up in us winning that football game today.”
C.J. Anderson, Gurley’s backup, tallied a game-high 16 carries and 44 rushing yards in the victory over the Saints.
Gurley finished 2018 with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He missed the last two games of the regular season because of a knee injury.