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Todd Gurley says he deserved to be benched in NFC Championship

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field on Sunday. © Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (file photo) Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Rams were able to find a way to beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday despite Todd Gurley contributing almost nothing, and the star running back is not surprised he ended up in the doghouse.

After the Rams punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with a 26-23 win in overtime, Gurley was asked about taking a back seat to C.J. Anderson. He had no issue with it.

Gurley finished with just 10 yards on four carries, though he did score a touchdown. He got just one touch the entire second half, which was a six-yard carry early in the fourth quarter. Anderson ran for 44 yards on 16 carries, so it’s not as if he shredded the Rams.

We know that Gurley battled an injury toward the end of the regular season, and it’s fair to wonder if that is still a factor even if the Rams insist it wasn’t. Given how good the New England Patriots have looked on offense over the past two games, LA will likely need a lot more from Gurley in the Super Bowl.

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