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Tracking Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, Le’Veon Bell performances in Super Bowl 55

The Chiefs send out three running backs to get their ground game going in Super Bowl 55. We’ll track performances for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, and Le’Veon Bell throughout the 2021 Super Bowl.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Matt Milano #58 of the Buffalo Bills in the first half during the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 24, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday evening, and we should not sleep on the running backs in this game. Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady get much of the publicity, and the Chiefs passing attack is what people think about it, but the ground game could prove critical.

The Bucs run defense is stout and welcomes back Vita Vea in the middle. However, the Chiefs backfield has gotten healthy enough at the right time. They’ll have their full contingent of backs with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Le’Veon Bell, and Darrel Williams all active for Sunday.

Williams has been the lead back the past two weeks as injuries have slowed CEH and Bell. With all three back, CEH seems likely to get the start. The question then becomes how much work Williams and Bell will split. Bell has never really established himself since joining the Chiefs, so look for Williams to end up with the larger workload.

We’ll be updating the performances of all three Sunday evening. Check back here throughout the evening.

Update: After 4th quarter

The Chiefs’ running game as expected could not get anything going against the stout Bucs’ run defense. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a team-high 64 yards on nine carries. Darrell Williams finished with two carries on five yards, while Le’Veon Bell did not see a single snap.

Update: After 3rd quarter

After a relatively quiet first half, the Chiefs made it a point of emphasis to run the ball with CHE. The rookie running back ripped off a couple of big runs in the third quarter to bring his rushing total to 64 yards on nine carries. Williams received another carry, giving him five yards on two carries.

Update: Halftime

The Chiefs’ running game has been less than stellar to start Super Bowl 55. The leading rusher is Patrick Mahomes with 34 yards. Meanwhile, Edwards-Helaire has 17 yards on four carries. Darrel Williams has two rushing yards and Le’Veon Ball has not seen the field yet.

Update: After 1st quarter

The rookie running back out of LSU has looked much better than his AFC championship game performance. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has three carries for 10 yards, which is second-behind Mahomes, who has a team-leading 24 rushing yards.