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In 22 team games in the 2016 playoffs, just four times did a rusher crack the 100-yard mark — or even exceed 75 rushing yards.  In the Patriots three wins, their leading rusher never cracked 50 yards, and James White was three yards away in the Super Bowl from giving New England three different leading rushers in three games.

Rushing
Rk Date Tm Opp Result G# Week Att Yds
Y/A TD
1 Le’Veon Bell 2017-01-15 PIT @ KAN W 18-16 18 19 30 170 5.67 0
2 Le’Veon Bell 2017-01-08 PIT MIA W 30-12 17 18 29 167 5.76 2
3 Thomas Rawls 2017-01-07 SEA DET W 26-6 17 18 27 161 5.96 1
4 Ezekiel Elliott 2017-01-15 DAL GNB L 31-34 17 19 22 125 5.68 0
5 Devonta Freeman 2017-02-05 ATL NWE L 28-34 19 21 11 75 6.82 1
6 Lamar Miller 2017-01-14 HOU @ NWE L 16-34 18 19 19 74 3.89 0
7 Lamar Miller 2017-01-07 HOU OAK W 27-14 17 18 31 73 2.35 1
8 Tevin Coleman 2017-01-14 ATL SEA W 36-20 17 19 11 57 5.18 0
9 Russell Wilson 2017-01-14 SEA @ ATL L 20-36 18 19 6 49 8.17 0
10 LeGarrette Blount 2017-01-22 NWE PIT W 36-17 18 20 16 47 2.94 1
11 Christine Michael 2017-01-08 GNB NYG W 38-13 17 18 10 47 4.70 0
12 Ty Montgomery 2017-01-15 GNB @ DAL W 34-31 18 19 11 47 4.27 2
13 Aaron Rodgers 2017-01-22 GNB @ ATL L 21-44 19 20 4 46 11.50 0
14 Devonta Freeman 2017-01-14 ATL SEA W 36-20 17 19 14 45 3.21 1
15 Devonta Freeman 2017-01-22 ATL GNB W 44-21 18 20 14 42 3.00 0
16 Dion Lewis 2017-01-14 NWE HOU W 34-16 17 19 13 41 3.15 1
17 Latavius Murray 2017-01-07 OAK @ HOU L 14-27 17 18 12 39 3.25 1
18 Spencer Ware 2017-01-15 KAN PIT L 16-18 17 19 8 35 4.38 1
19 Thomas Rawls 2017-01-14 SEA @ ATL L 20-36 18 19 11 34 3.09 0
20 DeAngelo Williams 2017-01-22 PIT @ NWE L 17-36 19 20 14 34 2.43 1
21 Zach Zenner 2017-01-07 DET @ SEA L 6-26 17 18 11 34 3.09 0
22 Jay Ajayi 2017-01-08 MIA @ PIT L 12-30 17 18 16 33 2.06 0
23 LeGarrette Blount 2017-01-14 NWE HOU W 34-16 17 19 8 31 3.88 0
24 LeGarrette Blount 2017-02-05 NWE @ ATL W 34-28 19 21 11 31 2.82 0
25 Jonathan Grimes 2017-01-07 HOU OAK W 27-14 17 18 4 30 7.50 0
26 Paul Perkins 2017-01-08 NYG @ GNB L 13-38 17 18 10 30 3.00 0

White’s Super Bowl heroics aside — you know, he scored a record 20 points and caught a record 14 passes — New England certainly didn’t get much production from the ground game in the playoffs. Even as a team, the Patriots averaged only 86.3 yards per game in the postseason. Among the 51 Super Bowl champions, that slots in just between two other Patriots teams, giving New England three of the four Super Bowl champions that failed to crack the 90 rushing yards mark in the playoffs. But one team averaged just 37 rushing yards per game in the postseason. Can you guess? Scroll to the bottom of the table to see.

RkTeamYearGRushYdYPCYd/G
1PIT197431587084.48236
2MIA197331587034.45234.3
3RAI198331126245.57208
4WAS198241727924.6198
5MIA197231335754.32191.7
6DEN199741507484.99187
7DEN199831125494.9183
8DAL197731255464.37182
9DAL197131335223.92174
10NYG199031235184.21172.7
11WAS198731035134.98171
12OAK197631275043.97168
13SFO19843975015.16167
14SFO198931204854.04161.7
15PIT197531284773.73159
16NYG198631284693.66156.3
17GNB199631204553.79151.7
18IND200641476044.11151
19SFO19883994504.55150
20NWE20043994484.53149.3
21NYJ19682772863.71143
22SEA20133934244.56141.3
23SFO199431004234.23141
24DAL19923974184.31139.3
25CHI198531264053.21135
26BAL201241395393.88134.8
27WAS199131204043.37134.7
27PIT197931134043.58134.7
29GNB196731184033.42134.3
30PIT197831113983.59132.7
31PIT200541425273.71131.8
32SFO198131053893.7129.7
33DAL199531063783.57126
34BAL197031163653.15121.7
35DAL19933953583.77119.3
36NYG201141124664.16116.5
37GNB19662572324.07116
38KAN196931113363.03112
39NWE20033943353.56111.7
40OAK198041494422.97110.5
41TAM200231123202.86106.7
42NYG200741184153.52103.8
43GNB201041084043.74101
44DEN20153912983.2799.3
45BAL200041403922.898
46NOR20093752903.8796.7
47PIT20083962752.8691.7
48NWE20013802683.3589.3
49NWE20163792593.2886.3
50NWE20143742483.3582.7
51STL19993511112.1837

As always, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

  • John

    The 2001,2003,2014, and 2016 Patriots all averaged less than 4 YPC.

    The only superbowl champion that had a great rushing attack was the 2004 team with clock killing Corey Dillon