Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth not only earned his first ever playoff win on Saturday night, he did so earning his highest grade since week four of the regular season (82.8). He didn’t allow a single quarterback pressure on 30 pass-blocking snaps and has not allowed one since week 15 against the Eagles(70 combined pass-blocking snaps).
Running back C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times against the Cowboys, four or which went for 10 or more yards after avoiding 10 tackles and gaining 68 of his 123 yards after contact. Of those 23 carries, he also generated 13 first downs/touchdowns. Since signing with the Rams, Anderson has 14 carries of 10 or more yards, 264 of his 422 yards have come after first contact and has avoided 10 tackles while running for 33 first downs/touchdowns (half of his rushing attempts) for an overall run grade of 89.1.
Leading the way for the Rams’ defense was interior defender Ndamukong Suhwith his overall 80.5 game grade. He generated four quarterback pressures and added two defensive stops. His four quarterback pressures were the most he’s had since week 16 and the sixth time this season he has had at least four in a single game. His 88.2 run defense grade was easily his highest of the season with his second best being an 82.5 he earned in week nine against the Saints.
Edge defender Samson Ebukam found himself in coverage on 13 of his 51 total snaps and was targeted three times. On those three targets he allowed only one catch for -2 yards while breaking up what looked like a pick-six until he dropped it. He earned a 90.1 coverage grade while allowing a 42.4 passer rating into his coverage and showing some versatility to his game.
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