Patriots defeat Ravens despite record-low rushing total
Patriots' 14 rushing yards fewest ever by winning team in playoffs. Previous low: Rams 29 in 23-16 Super Bowl XXXIV win over Titans in 1999.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 11, 2015
The Patriots rushed 13 times, with quarterback Tom Brady leading the way with six attempts but zero yards. Running back Brandon Bolden rushed three times for 7 yards, while Shane Vereen had one carry for 6 yards and LeGarrette Blount had three carries for 1 yard.
The Patriots did not have a lead in the game until Brady's third touchdown pass with 5:13 remaining. That throw made Brady the NFL record-holder in postseason touchdowns; he also set the yardage record earlier in the game.
In Super Bowl XXXIV, the Rams rushed 13 times for 29 yards. Marshall Faulk led the team with 10 carries for 17 yards; he added five receptions for 90 yards as well.
The Rams also set the record two weeks prior on Jan. 16, 2000, when they rushed 17 times for 31 yards in a 49-37 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional playoffs.
Not surprisingly, the 1999 season was the one that popularized "The Greatest Show on Turf" moniker for the Rams' offense with offensive coordinator Mike Martz, quarterback Kurt Warner, Faulk and receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Az-Zahir Hakim.
- Mike Fiammetta