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Rookie running backs could have an impact in Super Bowl XLVII
Rookie running backs could have an impact in Super Bowl XLVII

NEW ORLEANS — Ten games into the season, Ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce was struggling to find his way into the game plan. He had fewer than five carries in a game eight times and he didn’t touch the ball in an Oct. 21 loss to the Houston Texans. LaMichael James, who was taken by the San Francisco 49ers with the 30th pick in the second round, 23 spots before the Ravens selected Pierce, wasn’t even getting on the field. James was inactive for the 49ers’ first 12 games. As the Ravens and 49ers prepare to meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII, the two rookie backs have emerged as potential key players. Pierce, the primary backup...

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