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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:55pm

      Gurley rushed just four times for 10 yards and a touchdown and brought in one of three targets for 10 yards during the Rams' 26-23 overtime win over the Saints in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. In his post-game news conference, head coach Sean McVay indicated that the decision to go with C.J. Anderson as his lead back was strictly "because of the flow of the game," Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Throughout the game, reports indicated there was nothing physically wrong with Gurley, a claim seemingly borne out by the fact that he did continue to rotate in occasionally during the second half. However, it was Anderson who handled the bulk of the work -- including on the game-clinching drive in overtime -- logging 11 more total touches from scrimmage than Gurley. If McVay's postgame comments are to be taken at face value, it would seem that Gurley would have a chance to resume lead-back duties in the Super Bowl, although given how effective Anderson has been, more of a timeshare than could ever have been anticipated when the latter was signed approximately one month ago may be in play for that game.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:51pm

      Bennett tallied 34 tackles, nine sacks, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles over 16 games in 2018.

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      Analysis: Bennett was a force in his first year with Philadelphia after being acquired from Seattle last March. Trailing only first-team All-Pro teammate Fletcher Cox for the team lead in sacks (10.5), Bennett was a key piece in a top-notch defensive end rotation and didn't seem to slow down much in his age-33 season. He remains under contract for two more seasons and, with Cox also around for the long term, should continue to produce while figuring to draw less offensive attention in his sidekick role.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:47pm

      Thomas brought in four of seven targets for 36 yards during the Saints' 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

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      Analysis: In the regular-season meeting with the Rams, Thomas trampled Los Angeles to the tune of 12 receptions for 211 yards. It was a drastically different story Sunday, however, as the presence of Aquib Talib for the postseason matchup and what appeared to be a different defensive game plan overall completely changed the dynamic. Thomas did seem to have an excellent chance for a touchdown in the first half go by the wayside due to a bad pass by Drew Brees, but his performance was otherwise as pedestrian as his line would suggest. It was the most lackluster of conclusions to what was an otherwise spectacular 2018 campaign for Thomas, one that saw him set or equal new career highs across the board with a 125-1,405-9 line over 16 games, and a record-setting 171-yard performance in a divisional-round win over the Eagles.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:41pm

      Kamara rushed just eight times for 15 yards but brought in 11 of 13 targets for 96 yards during the Saints' 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. He also recovered a fumble.

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      Analysis: Kamara accomplished next to nothing on the ground, but he ended up pacing the Saints in both receptions and receiving yards. The dynamic second-year back was much more potent in the first half, however, as Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did a good job limiting his ability to get open looks out of the backfield over the final two quarters and overtime. The 2017 third-round pick finished the 2018 regular season with 18 total touchdowns (14 rushing, four receiving) and 1,592 total yards from scrimmage, while also adding 208 yards on returns. He'll undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the Saints attack once again in 2019.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:35pm

      Anderson rushed 16 times for 44 yards and brought in his only target for five yards during the Rams' 26-23 overtime win over the Saints in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

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      Analysis: Anderson saw 12 more rushing touches than Todd Gurley, a shocking development given Gurley's alleged clean bill of health and the importance of the game itself. The veteran back was nowhere near as effective in terms of raw production compared to his first three games in a Rams uniform, but that was to be expected against a stingy Saints front. Anderson was able to get some key yards on multiple carries, however, doing just enough to keep New Orleans honest. In-game reports emphasized there was nothing wrong with Gurley physically, so it will be intriguing to see what the extent of Anderson's role will be in the Super Bowl.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:30pm

      Graham totaled 56 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception over 13 games in 2018.

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      Analysis: After choosing against retirement in the offseason, Graham wound up logging the second-most playing time within the entire secondary in large part due to all the injuries the Eagles experienced at both cornerback and safety. The 33-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, but seems much more likely to retire than search for another contract.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 4:04pm

      Goff completed 25 of 40 passes for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Rams' 26-23 overtime win over the Saints in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and lost a fumble but recovered.

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      Analysis: In a game that featured decidedly fewer offensive fireworks than during the regular-season meeting between the two teams, Goff still delivered a strong final line, and most important, spearheaded a Super Bowl-clinching win. The third-year pro didn't have his usual connection with Robert Woods going, as the Saints limited the veteran downfield while holding him to six catches for 33 yards. However, Goff successfully pivoted to Brandin Cooks, who touched up his old squad for seven grabs and 107 yards. Goff also connected with Josh Reynolds successfully on several key completions in the second half, and he made two key connections with Tyler Higbee under pressure on what would turn out to be the game-winning drive. Goff will now try to replicate his strong effort in two weeks' time during a Super Bowl matchup against the winner of the Patriots-Chiefs showdown later Sunday.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 3:56pm

      Brees completed 26 of 40 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Saints' 26-24 overtime loss to the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. He also lost two yards on two rushes.

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      Analysis: Brees showered plenty of attention on Alvin Kamara, hitting his dynamic running back on 11 occasions for 96 yards. The Rams did an excellent job taking away Michael Thomas after the third-year wideout eviscerated them in their regular-season meeting, limiting Brees' downfield options overall. However, if not for one of the most controversial non-calls in recent postseason history -- a would-be pass interference on the Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman against Tommylee Lewis that would have given the Saints a key first down deep in Rams territory late -- Brees may well have been the quarterback representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. The multi-time Pro Bowler ends what was yet another stellar season on a disappointing note, one in which he generated a 32:5 TD:INT and threw for 3,992 yards.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 3:32pm

      Scott returned four kicks for 96 yards in two games with the Eagles in 2018.

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      Analysis: Scott spent the first three-plus months of the season on the Saints' practice squad before signing with the Eagles in early December. The 23-year-old was also active for both playoff games, playing three offensive snaps. Scott is under contract for next season and is likely to be fighting for a depth role come training camp.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 2:35pm

      Wise (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Kansas City, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

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      Analysis: Wise was cleared from the injury report and his ankle issue Thursday after practicing fully, so this appears to be a tactical decision for the Patriots. Derek Rivers will continue to start at defensive end as Wise as been inactive for both playoff games thus far.

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