Twitter Can't Believe Todd Gurley Has 3 Carries at Halftime of Super Bowl 53

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2019

Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley II watches from the bench during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay made it clear that he expected a big game out of running back Todd Gurley in Super Bowl LIII, so when the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year had just three carries in the first half against the New England Patriots, the internet was understandably confused. 

In the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago, Gurley had just four carries for 10 yards (and a touchdown) in a 26-23 overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints. Afterward, the three-time Pro Bowler denied he was hurt, attributing a poor performance to him just being "sorry as hell" that day, per ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry.

McVay let it be known Tuesday that he envisioned "the Todd Gurley that we all know" to show up in the Super Bowl:

NFL Network @nflnetwork

“I couldn’t have been more proud and pleased with how he handled that.” - @RamsNFL' Sean McVay on Todd Gurley dealing with adversity from NFC title game 📺: Super Bowl Live https://t.co/kq6dnkcAGk

Well, that was not the case through the first two quarters. Gurley, who piled up the third-most rushing yards (1,251) in the NFL during the regular season despite a knee injury limiting him to 14 games, managed just 10 yards on three touches by halftime.

Meanwhile, the Rams were shut out in the opening 30 minutes, going into the locker room trailing 3-0.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was among those to notice Gurley's lack of impact:

Kirk Cousins @KirkCousins8

It’s a shame Gurley isn’t fully healthy. Rams are a different offense when he’s rolling.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III managed a quip:

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

Gurley getting more play in this commercial than he is in the actual game #SuperBowl

But he wasn't alone in wondering what was going on with the Los Angeles star:

shannon sharpe @ShannonSharpe

Anyone that believes Gurley isn’t hurt is foolish. It’s the SUPERBOWL and he’s played 3-4 plays.

Mike Golic @espngolic

Really amazed at the lack of Gurley, there just seems like there has to be more to this story.

Kevin Clark @bykevinclark

The one football player in the history of the sport Sean McVay forgot is Todd Gurley.

Mike Tanier @MikeTanier

I guess Todd Gurley is now the right-handed first baseman in the platoon.

Steve Gardner @SteveAGardner

Malcolm Butler thinks Todd Gurley should get in the game a little more.

Robert Mays @robertmays

Live look at everyone, searching for Todd Gurley. https://t.co/stxrEN7zM7

Manny Navarro @Manny_Navarro

It’s the Super Bowl. Play Gurley or don’t put him in uniform

JJ Zachariason @LateRoundQB

“Todd Gurley is totally healthy.” https://t.co/C9un9wMth5

RJ Young @RJ_Young

Todd Gurley on the sideline is just crushing Le'Veon Bell's value like a subprime mortgage.

Given the Rams' lack of success on offense in the first half, it's fair to wonder if McVay will adjust his game plan and turn to Gurley in the second half.