What. A. Game.
Raheem Mostert has had an amazing career to this point. He was primarily a kickoff returner and track star in his first three seasons at Purdue, winning the Big Ten championship in the 100 meters as a junior. His hot, nasty, bad-ass speed got him a look as an undrafted free agent, however. He bounced around from Philadelphia, to Miami, to Baltimore, to Cleveland (in a reverse Art Modell), the Jets, to the Bears, and finally San Francisco. He did not have a single offensive carry in the NFL until arriving in San Francisco, and less than 300 yards before this season.
Did you know that Raheem Mostert was on the Eagles, Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, Jets and Bears and never got a single carry until he went to his seventh team, the 49ers?— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 20, 2020
It is safe to say the young man blew up. Today he set an NFC Championship Game record with 220 yards on 29 carries and “The Al Bundy” of 4 touchdowns in one game. It will go down as one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history.
Mostert is just the 8th player in the 100 year history of the NFL to run for over 200 yards in a playoff game:
202 yards - Freeman McNeil - Jets vs. Bengals 1/9/1983
202 yards - Lawrence McCutcheon - Rams vs. Cardinals 12/27/1975
201 yards - Ryan Grant - Packers vs. Seahawks 1/12/2008
Mostert is also only the third player to get at least four rushing touchdowns in a playoff game, matching LaGarrette Blount who had four for the Patriots in a 2014 playoff game and finishing one behind the five Ricky Watters had for the 49ers against the Giants in 1994. Since Raheem had two pass receptions for six yards he also broke the 49ers playoff yards from scrimmage record. That was previously 220 yards and was held by some guy named Jerry Rice, who had an NFL career of some note, if I recall.
Mostert’s 226 yards from scrimmage is the 7th most yards from scrimmage in any playoff game ever. Not a bad night for him, and he is in year one of a three-year, $8.7 million contract.
May he get an extension, after a Super Bowl ring, of course.
Raheem Mostert up the middle for 34 yards!— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2020
100+ rushing yards for No. 31 in the first half. #NFLPlayoffs #GoNiners
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