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Raheem Mostert Sets NFC Championship Rushing Record

The former Boiler had a career day in leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

NFL: NFC Championship-Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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:

248 yards - Eric Dickerson - Rams vs. Cowboys 1/4/1986

220 yards - Raheem Mostert - 49ers vs. Packers 1/19/2020

209 yards - Lamar Smith - Dolphins vs. Colts 12/30/2000

206 yards - Keith Lincoln - Chargers vs. Patriots 1/5/1964

204 yards - Timmy Smith - Redskins vs. Broncos 1/31/1988

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.