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Willis McGahee, Broncos
Denver is in this game because of its ability to run the ball.
The Broncos got 1,199 regular season yards from Willis McGahee and had an NFL-best 2,632 yards on the ground overall.
The second runner, Lance Ball added 402 yards and a 4.2 average, but the guy who made it work was quarterback Tim Tebow, who ran 122 times for 660 yards and a team-best six touchdowns.
Part of that success was predicated on an offensive line that used the same five starters all season.
Right guard Chris Kuper fractured his tibia last week, however, and the Broncos don’t know how that is going to impact the running game. They’ll move Russ Hochstein in and just-signed Ryan Harris could see limited time as well.
More than that, starting fullback Spencer Larsen suffered a knee injury last week, and if he can’t go, then Austin Sylvester, who was signed off the practice squad this week, could debut as the starting fullback.