In response to pezz4pats' comment:
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In response to BabeParilli's comment:
Bad running keeps the D on the field longer. Good running keeps them on the field less. Unfortunately our backs ran poorly in both SB losses so the D probably did get a bit more tired.
Funny the Giant's runningbacks ran poorly in last year's Super Bowl, worse than ours in fact, but they still won? That team kept running despite being held to fewer yards per carry and won. Kind of shoots holes in that doesn't it. Play action only works when the run is a threat, team only have to pass if the run isn't working.
Those 5 extra passes he completed with the 12% increase might have made the difference in helping the D to get at least 1 3 & out. Maybe more...don't ya think??? That's why they won, in conjuction with being on the field for 2/3rds the game.
Oh, and they weren't that much poorer in running. If memory serves me they got 2/10ths per yard, per carry less. That ='s 7.2 inches less per drive. Not significant especially when you consider they only needed a couple of yards to score on their last drive or a yard or 2 to convert downs.
Oh and teams pass when they want to score quickly, are behind or don't trust their D to hold a lead. See Cards game when they abandoned the run in the 4th qtr after scoring 9 whole points during the 3+ qtrs they were commited to the run. Or are you finally admitting they passed a bit more in 2011 because the run didn't work?.
More rushes force defense's to defend the run, thus opening up the passing game. If your head wasn't buried inside your rectum you would realize this. This portrays the significance of "balance".
Was that too far? Sorry.