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Run defense stands strong vs. Falcons' Turner

The Ravens turned back the clock when it came to limiting the Atlanta Falcons’ rushing game.

Although the Falcons won, 26-21, Thursday night, Atlanta failed to attack the Ravens on the ground. The Ravens, who have had troubles in the past containing big, physical running backs like the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, the New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs and the Cincinnati Bengals' Cedric Benson, limited Michael Turner to a season-worst 39 yards on 17 carries.

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That unit looked like the ones of the past that made opposing offenses one-dimensional. The Ravens improved from 13th to eighth in the NFL against the run.

"That was something we thought we had to do, stop the run," coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference Monday. "If you control the run against those guys, normally you'll win. We weren't able to do that at the end of the game, but the run defense was good. It was a big plus for us."

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