LA Rams’ Cam Akers Breaks NFL Record Which Stood for Over 40 Years

Published 01/10/2021, 10:40 AM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) carries the ball in for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at Lumen Field. Los Angeles defeated Seattle 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports


LA Rams’ rookie running back Cam Akers put on quite a show against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Playing his first-ever postseason game, Akers with his rushing, put the game out of reach of the Seahawks.

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The Rams were forced to rely on their running game as their quarterbacks were not fully fit. While starter Jared Goff was still recovering from a dislocated thumb, back up John Wolford had to go off early due to a neck injury he sustained early in the game.

Thus with the quarterback corps dealing with injuries, up stepped Akers in style.

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First half rampage from Cam Akers

In the first half of the game, the running back from Florida State took the attack to the Seahawks defense. A defense that was on the rise over the final stretch of the regular season.

With 142 scrimmage yards, in the first half of the game, Akers broke a playoff record that has stood for over 4 decades. According to Elias Sports Bureau, his 142 scrimmage yards were the most by any player in the 1st half of a playoff debut in the Super Bowl era.

The previous record was held by Alfred Jenkins (133 yards) of the Atlanta Falcons back in 1980. En route to his 142 yards, Akers also picked up a vital touchdown for his side heading into the break.

What’s more impressive is that Akers also registered 45 receiving yards in the game with just 2 receptions.

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A record-setting game for Akers

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Cam Akers’ performance left multiple records tumbling at Lumen Field. With over 100+ rushing yards, the rookie became the first rookie in franchise history to do so in a playoff game.

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford (97) tackles Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As per NFL Research, he also equaled a feat achieved only by former Rams running back Torry Holt. With over 142 scrimmage yards and 1 touchdown to end the night, Akers became only the second rookie in Rams history with 100+ scrimmage yards and a touchdown in a postseason game.

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Akers’ performance capped off a memorable night for the LA Rams who battled through various adversities. And they will now look to go from strength to strength.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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