As touchdown underdogs playing at the hallowed grounds of Lambeau Field, the Rams rode Akers for 18 carries, 90 yards, and a key third quarter touchdown. Not only was the FSU product utilized in the wildcat on several drives, he was the only back to even receive a carry in the 32-18 Divisional Round loss to Green Bay.
Trailing by 15 points in the second half, Akers was the engine behind a clutch drive to keep Los Angeles in the game. Lined up alone in the backfield and taking the snap himself, he plunged in for a touchdown from 8 yards out.
Rams head coach and play-caller Sean McVay then opted for a two-point conversion try, and prominently featured Akers in the one of the game’s most crucial plays. Former Florida Gators wide receiver Van Jefferson caught a bubble screen and pitched the ball backwards to a trailing Akers, who trotted into the end zone to make it a one-score game.
Rook to rook!— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 16, 2021
Gettin’ tricky for ✌️! pic.twitter.com/vyZ53qEtAS
As you can see, the play worked beautifully. Once the Rams fell behind by two scores, they were forced to pass, putting a cap on another strong playoff performance for the rookie.
Akers was particularly elusive, frequently stiff-arming defenders or making multiple tacklers miss against a juggernaut Packers team.
The man has a family, Cam. pic.twitter.com/nIXcaE1wO2— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) January 17, 2021
Heading into next year, the budding star may be in line for a lion’s share of the carries for the Rams. Akers’ play in the final 8 games of the season quickly established him as one of the top young running backs in the NFL.