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Backup plans come through

As crazy as the 2005 season has been, there remain some truisms. One of them -- which was on display Sunday -- is that it pays to have a solid backup RB.

Updated: November 7, 2005, 11:55 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

His nickname is "Duce" (yeah, we know, he forgot an "e"), but he's only No. 3 on the tailback depth chart, and yet he was No. 1 in the hearts of the Pittsburgh Steelers and all their fans who made the long but rewarding trip to Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon.

All those incongruous elements surrounding Duce Staley, it seems, are in keeping with the rather topsy-turvy and certainly inexplicable 2005 season.

At the same time, though, Staley, signed to be the team's new workhorse in 2004 ...

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