Super Bowl Preview 2012: Ranking the Running Backs

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Super Bowl Preview 2012: Ranking the Running Backs
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Super Bowl XLVI is shaping up to be one of if not the most anticipated Super Bowl ever.  It definitely is right up there.  The Patriots and Giants are two evenly matched teams who have faced scrutiny at some point during the season.

For the Patriots, it has long been believed that the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady combination has lost its luster.  With a porous defense and ineffective running game, the Patriots representing the AFC was unheard of.  The competition was too wide open with the Ravens and Steelers playing well, limiting New England's margin for error.

The Giants were 7-7 after a horrible loss to the Redskins and basically an afterthought.  It was a win versus the Jets that jump-started the Giants' roll.  While no one had ever doubted the rise of Eli Manning, it's their running game that leaves more to be desired.  Couple that with injuries to the secondary, and you can sum up the similarities between both teams.

While both running games were not as prominent, running the football will be an important factor in Super Bowl XLVI.

I will take the time to rank the top-five running backs and feature video of one of their best plays.

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