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Ravens could solve 2 issues by playing Rice and Pierce together

Ravens could solve 2 issues by playing Rice and Pierce together

Throughout the 2012 season, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce took turns tearing through defenses. But in the second quarter of the Super Bowl, the Ravens sent the Pro Bowl running back and his rookie understudy onto the field together for the first time all season. Rice lined up behind Pierce, who was playing the role of fullback. But soon Rice motioned out of the backfield to become a wide-out on the right side of the field. After the snap, quarterback Joe Flacco handed the ball to Pierce, who rumbled around left end and out of bounds. The first-down play went for an innocuous 5-yard gain, but it gave a glimpse of a potential answer to two of the biggest question marks for the Ravens...

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