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Rushing success doesn't lead to playoff berth

The common belief that teams must run in order to have long-term success has proven to be a fallacy the past couple of seasons.

Updated: January 7, 2003, 11:45 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Even though the oddity has now occurred in consecutive seasons, it is still relatively momentous when the league's rushing champion is sitting at home watching the playoffs on television, as Ricky Williams will be this weekend.

After all, since the 1990 season, the team that claims the rushing champion has advanced to the playoffs nine of 13 years. On two occasions, in '90 and '96, the Detroit Lions failed to qualify for postseason even though the great Barry Sanders led the NFL in rushing ...

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