Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his two targets during the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. Michel played a like cool-headed veteran throughout the contest, moving the chains with regularity and providing the game's only touchdown on a two-yard run late in the fourth quarter. The score snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Patriots a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Michel then came back on the ensuing drive and handled the ball on seven occasions, setting up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal by helping New England move the ball all the way from its own five-yard line down to the Rams' 24. The impressive performance capped off a solid rookie year for Michel, one in which he battled through a pair of injuries to gain 931 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. He'll be locked in as New England's lead runner heading into 2019.
Michel carried 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs. Michel received another full workload and churned out yards through sheer volume, as his longest carry went for just 11 yards. Still, he eclipsed the century mark for the second straight outing while adding touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters. Michel has been an impact player through two playoff appearances, piling up 242 yards and five touchdowns in a pair of wins. He'll look to continue his outstanding form in the Super Bowl against the Rams.
Michel racked up 129 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and added a nine-yard catch on his lone target in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round win over the Chargers. Michel's first-half stat line -- 16 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns -- already gave owners all they could have hoped for from the rookie running back. He scored New England's first two touchdowns from one and 14 yards out, then capped the first-half scoring with a five-yard touchdown to make it 35-7. Rex Burkhead also had a rushing score and James White caught 15 passes, so New England continues to get production from all three of its running backs. Michel's usage could decline if the Patriots fall behind in the AFC championship game, but he'll still be an appealing option against a Chiefs defense that's been vulnerable on the ground.
Michel rushed 14 times for 50 yards in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets. He finishes his rookie regular season with 931 yards and six touchdowns on 209 carries, as well as 50 yards on seven catches. Michel remains New England's top option on the ground heading into the playoffs, as he recorded 14 carries to Rex Burkhead's five and James White's four. The other two running backs each scored a receiving touchdown and are more involved in the passing game, so it will be difficult to predict which of the three will be the most useful option in playoff leagues.
Michel rushed 18 times for 116 yards and a touchdown while failing to draw a target in Sunday's 24-12 victory over the Bills. With their passing game almost completely neutralized, the Patriots leaned primarily on the ground game. Michel opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter and topped 100 yards for the first time since Week 12 and fourth time overall. Owners playing in formats that count Week 17 statistics should be excited to hear that New England will host the Jets in the regular-season finale, likely setting up a scenario in which the home team grabs the lead and relies heavily on the rushing attack again.
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