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Steelers' Running Game Key to Victory

Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:33 pm
Pittsburgh's ability to run the ball and control the clock in the first half of the AFC Championship was the main reason they were able to build a big lead against the Jets and stamp their ticket to North Texas.<br /> <br /> In the Super Bowl next week, that formula could again translate to victory.<br /> <br /> In the regular season, the Packers allowed 4.7 yards per carry on the ground to their opponents. In the postseason, so far, that number has been lowered to 3.5 yards/carry. Part of the reason is because the Packers have built multiple score leads by halftime in all of their playoff games, so their opponents have had to abandon the run a bit in the second half. <br /> <br /> The Packers did not do well against Ben Rothlisberger's playaction in their 2009 meeting, and establishing a run game early could open up similar opportunities for the Steelers. <br /> <br /> A lot of the Steelers' success on the ground will rest on that Pittsburgh offensive line. If the Steelers have a weakness, it's the offensive line that has had to shuffle players through various positions, much like Green Bay's line last season. <br /> <br /> <br />

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