3 Under-the-Radar Rams That Could Decide Super Bowl 56
Super Bowl LVI is approaching on Sunday and a lot of the football world's eyes will be on the top stars taking the field at SoFi Stadium. From Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham, the Los Angeles Rams' star players played a big role in their team's deep postseason run.
Having said that, sometimes an under-the-player radar ends up being the Super Bowl hero. We've seen it in the past and the unpredictable nature of the NFL could lead to it happening once again on Sunday.
Here's a look at three under-the-radar Rams players that could end up deciding Super Bowl.
3 Rams Who Could Decide Super Bowl 56
1. Kendall Blanton, Tight End
An undrafted free agent in 2019, Kendall Blanton had only seen a total of 74 offensive snaps before the Rams' current playoff run. His usage has increased during the postseason, leading to him catching each of his seven targets over the last two games for 75 yards and a touchdown. He played 79% of offensive snaps in the NFC Championship Game, so it wouldn't be shocking if the Rams used him that often again. Meanwhile, the Bengals were atrocious at covering tight ends during the regular season, giving up the fourth-most receptions and fifth-most yards to the position. If Los Angeles' staff has faith in Blanton's abilities, he could end up being an unlikely hero.
2. Matt Gay, Kicker
Bengals rookie kicker Evan McPherson has garnered a lot of attention this postseason because of his heroics during Cincinnati's run. Surely, the Rams wouldn't complain about getting the same help from Matt Gay at Super Bowl LVI. While the 27-year-old did send the Rams to the Super Bowl with his game-winning 30-yard kick during the NFC Championship Game, he's missed two field-goal attempts in his last two outings. That's significant considering he only missed one between Week 5 and the Wild Card Round. Gay must be in top form come Sunday and needs to be the consistently reliable kicker he was earlier in the season. If he can get on a hot streak early on, he might be the deciding factor at Super Bowl LVI.
3. Cam Akers, Running Back
Following his early surprise return from an Achilles tendon tear in July, Cam Akers hasn't had the most noteworthy playoff run. He's recorded 151 rushing yards on 54 carries in three postseason games, also adding five receptions for 62 receiving yards. The latest rumors have Darrell Henderson likely making his return at the Super Bowl, which would bump Akers down the depth chart. Keeping that in mind, Henderson hasn't played a game in nearly two months. If he starts off slow on Sunday, Akers could be given the keys to the backfield again and needs to make the most of the opportunity. The Bengals have surrendered 127.7 rushing yards per game in the playoffs, which opens the door for Akers to play the role of unlikely hero. If he can prove to be the RB that Los Angeles thought he was prior to his injury, the Rams just might get their hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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