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Look no further than the past two games to see the Falcons' biggest weakness in the running game. Three long runs over the past two games show that the Falcons have a run defense that can be exposed with certain schemes.
In the New Orleans game, Atlanta allowed 5.10 yards per carry on the 148 yards allowed. However, take out the one 56-yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory and the Falcons allowed just 92 yards on 28 runs—good for a paltry 3.28 yards per carry.
Against Arizona, it was more of the same. Only this time it was a pair of runs that brought the average up to 5.26 on 26 carries. Take out the 40- and 52-yard runs by LaRod Stephens-Howling and the Falcons allow a minimal 45 yards on 24 carries for a miniscule 1.88 yards per carry.
If the Falcons can stop the long runs and allow just 10 on the plays they are allowing 40 and 50 yards on, they will be in great shape. Nonetheless, it's imperative to stop the long runs in order to win a Super Bowl. If they can't, then San Francisco and Chicago will dominate them in the playoffs and they won't even make it.