C.J. Anderson gained 90 yards on 23 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, while also securing four of four targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.
The third-year pro was named the starter heading into the game and was the clear-cut workhorse on the day, earning 90 tough yards against a talented Panthers front seven. The 23 carries were by far a season high for Anderson, who tallied 234 yards over three postseason games. He ripped off his game-long 34-yard run in the second quarter on the second play following a Mike Tolbert fumble, and impressively muscled his way into the end zone late in the fourth quarter for the deciding touchdown following Von Miller's strip sack of Cam Newton. Anderson was once again productive in 2015 as part of a timeshare in the Denver backfield, and likely goes into the offseason set to compete with Ronnie Hillman for starting duties in 2016.
C.J. Anderson will start Super Bowl 50 against the Panthers, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
Anderson has been far more effective than Ronnie Hillman over the past month, notching at least 72 rushing yards in four straight games. Overall, Anderson has racked up 55 carries for 312 yards, seven receptions (on 11 targets) for 32 yards, and three touchdowns during that span.
C.J. Anderson rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries and caught all three of his targets for another 18 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots.
While he and Ronnie Hillman split carries once again, Anderson was by far the more productive of the two for the second straight week. A chunk of Anderson's production came on a 30-yard scamper in the third quarter, but an average of 4.5 yards per carry versus a stout Patriots run defense is certainly respectable nonetheless. Anderson's physical style has proven effective thus far in the postseason, and it would not be surprising to see him assume an even larger role in the Super Bowl, after Hillman eeked out just 16 yards on 11 carries Sunday.
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