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The blueprint for hanging around with the physical 49ers hasn't been to avoid the running game and chuck the football 50 times in the passing game.
In fact, teams that have beaten the 49ers in 2012 have run it right at San Francisco's vaunted run defense.
In the five games that the 49ers either lost or tied this season, opposing offenses have averaged 143 yards rushing and an average per carry nearing 5.0. The Falcons can approach the NFC Championship Game with those clear goals in mind on offense.
Leading the Falcons running game will be both the plodding Michael Turner (800 yards, 10 touchdowns) and the small but powerful Jacquizz Rodgers (362, one). Against the Seattle Seahawks and their No. 10 ranked run defense, Turner and Rodgers combined to rush for 162 yards on just 24 carries.
Even if Matt Ryan and the passing offense in Atlanta play well Sunday, the 49ers can still earn a trip to the Super Bowl by controlling the run game. But getting trucked by Turner and Rodgers will likely pave the way for the Falcons to get to their first Super Bowl since 1998.