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Backup RBs emerging from backdrop

Prevalent two-headed running attacks allowing reserve backs to shine in playoffs

Originally Published: January 12, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

To advance to the Big Dance in Miami next month, NFL teams might have to resort to a bit of a two-to-tango philosophy.

At least when it comes to running the football.

The wild-card games demonstrated the significance of depth at running back, and the divisional round possibly could extend that pattern. It's rare when a team that adopts a tailback-by-committee approach goes all the way to the Super Bowl, but the league appears to be embracing a trend in which second-line tailbacks ...

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