They advanced to the NFC championship game and will play the winner of Sunday’s divisional-round game between the top-seeded New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.
If the Saints beat the Eagles, the game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. If the Eagles win, the Rams will play again at the Coliseum.
“To be able to even play for a Super Bowl is crazy for me, just crazy,” Gurley said after his first game since Dec. 16. “I can’t even explain it right now. We’re just getting a glimpse of that feeling.”
The Rams lost to the Saints and the Eagles during the regular season and were struggling in early December.
With Anderson filling in for Gurley, the Rams and Jared Goff bounced back with consecutive victories over the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers, earning a bye through the wild-card round of the playoffs and setting the stage for Saturday’s game.
But that did not stop the Rams from running through their front seven.
Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in 23 carries, and Gurley ran for 115 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries. The Rams outgained the Cowboys in total yards, 459-308.
“We have a lot of fun together,” said Anderson, who has rushed for 422 yards and four touchdowns in three games.
Joked Gurley: “I guess it was a good thing I got hurt.”
McVay and general manager Les Snead said the Rams are not surprised by the performance of Anderson, a sixth-year pro who began his career as an undrafted free agent.
He played on two Super Bowl teams with the Denver Broncos, was a Pro Bowl player in 2014 and rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. He joined the Carolina Panthers this season, but was released by that team and then the Oakland Raiders before the Rams signed him.
“The guy’s been in the Pro Bowl before, the guy’s won a Super Bowl and the guy’s pass-protected for Peyton Manning before,” Snead said. “And he actually ran the ball well at Carolina earlier this season.
“So to say, ‘Hey, he was on the couch, it’s out of left field,’ would probably be a little off base.”
The 5-foot-8, 225-pound Anderson said he just tries to bring a physical presence to a rushing attack.
“I’ve always found a way to hold my own, no matter what,” he said.
“Having both of them is special, and it gives you a real dual threat,” said Goff, who passed for 186 yards and scrambled for late first down that sealed the victory, the first postseason win in his young career.