2012 NFL Playoffs: New Orleans Saints need to stop the run to beat the San Francisco 49ers

By Alejandro Aviles

In the NFC wildcard game the New Orleans Saints only allowed 32 rushing yards, the best of any playoff team. This was against the Detroit Lions who do not have star running back Frank Gore. Gore was the leading rusher for the San Francisco 49ers this season with 1,211 yards and 8 touchdowns. Furthermore, Gore is one of the best running backs in the league, he was ranked 6th in yards rushed this season and also had a 4.3 average yard gain.

If the Saints want to beat San Francisco they will need to stop Frank Gore and the rushing attack. Saints fans should not worry too much about their team’s rush defense; they ranked 12th in the league, giving up only 108 yards per game during the regular season. If the NFC wildcard game was any indication then the Saints defense should be able to contain Gore and not allow many rushing yards.

For a team whose offense is their best asset the Saints are showing how complete a team they really are. The offense has been clicking since the regular season but their defense has come on very strong as of late; a good sign as they move forward and get deeper into the playoffs. One thing is for sure, the Saints must stop the run if they hope to beat the San Francisco 49ers and advance to the NFC Championship game.

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