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Lesson: Need to stop the run.
Daring a team to run on you should be a goal of any team. But the Buffalo Bills asked for it.
The Bills were horrendous at stopping the run this season, allowing 145.8 yards per game. That mark put them at second to last in the league.
Sometimes a quarterback will shred the best pass defense; that’s just how good the quarterbacks in the NFL are. But to allow close to 150 yards per game on the ground is just absurd.
If the Bills watched closely, the 49ers were able to hold Ray Rice to just 59 yards. The ability to stop the run consistently throughout the game helped the 49ers’ second-half comeback attempt.
Along the same lines, the Ravens’ lapse in rush defense allowed the 49ers to literally run back into the game.
Buffalo was No. 10 in defending the pass, so if the team is able to improve at stopping the run, the team can make some strides in 2013.