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Tracking Cam Akers’ performance in Super Bowl 56 vs. Bengals

Cam Akers made a miraculous recovery to even be available for this game. We’ll track his performance throughout Super Bowl 56.

Cam Akers #23 of the Los Angeles Rams is tackled by Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams will get the home Super Bowl they dreamed of when they face the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 Sunday. LA has built everything from its roster to its stadium for this moment and it has finally arrived. We’ll see how the Rams handle the pressure that comes with a home Super Bowl in a city like Los Angeles.

One player who many felt wouldn’t even be ready for this game was running back Cam Akers. The Rams drafted him to be a replacement for Todd Gurley and the early results were promising, but Akers appeared to be done for the season with an Achilles injury. He made the comeback to play in the final game of the regular season. The Rams might not use him as the primary running back Sunday but they’ll be happy to have him in the fold, something which seemed out of the question before the season began.

Group Project Award Winner

Akers won the first Super Bowl of his young career, but you wouldn’t know it from his stat line. Akers finished Super Bowl 56 with 13 carries for 21 yards and three receptions for an additional 14 yards. Despite that, he is a Super Bowl champ already in his career.

Third Quarter Recap

The third quarter started very shakily for the Rams as the Bengals scored a touchdown in the first 12 seconds of the half and then Matthew Stafford threw a pick. Akers added four carries for only three more yards and he added another reception for four yards in the third quarter.

First Half Recap

Through the first half of the Super Bowl, Akers has yet to get anything going on the ground. So far, he has seven carries for 10 yards and still that lone reception for seven yards. The Rams will likely look to lean on the ground game if Odell Beckham Jr. is limited with his injury. Akers will need to step up early in the second half.

First Quarter Recap

With the backfield of the Rams fully healthy, it remained to be seen how the snaps would be split between Akers, Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel. Akers started the game with the ball but hasn’t been able to get going. Through the first quarter, Akers had three carries for only three yards. He did catch his lone target for seven additional yards.