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Morning Tailgate: Power Football Alive and Well

Posted Feb 12, 2014

So much for all that talk about the NFL becoming a pass-happy league. Power running teams are alive and well.

So much for all that talk about the NFL becoming a pass-happy league. Power running teams are alive and well.

The San Francisco 49ers, on the strength of Frank Gore's seventh career 1,000-yard rushing season, advanced to a third consecutive NFC title game. The 49ers have thrived with a power rushing attack ever since Jim Harbaugh took over the reigns in 2011.

San Francisco isn't the only team enjoying success with a power approach.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com
noted that several Super Bowl contenders used a variety of power running schemes to move the ball in 2013.

"This approach allowed the respective coaches to control the tempo via complementary football strategies while keeping the defense rested and away from adverse situations," Brooks wrote. "Given how these tactics significantly impacted postseason games, a return to power football makes sense for teams with strong defenses."

Six of the league's top 10 rushing attacks of 2013 were playoff teams, including the 49ers with the NFL's No. 3 ranked rushing attack (137.6 yards per game).

More 49ers headlines can be found in today's Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee evaluated the team's depth at tight end behind Vernon Davis.

CSNBayArea.com noted that the 49ers have the NFL's fourth-toughest schedule in 2014.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com looked at San Francisco's potential breakout stars.

49ers.com provided 13 memorable GIFs from 2013.

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