Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Steelers' Running Game Key to Victory

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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