Several NFL playoff teams feature power run game

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Power! Trap! Wham!

No, these aren’t captions from a fight scene in the old “Batman” TV series. But they are words you might hear the next couple of weekends while watching the NFL playoffs.

The NFL may be known as a passing league, with 5,000-yard seasons becoming less rare, but this year’s playoff field has an old-fashioned feel, with several teams that rely on a powerful run game behind fullbacks, oversized blocking tight ends, and extra offensive linemen.

Seven of the NFL’s top 11 rushing teams this year qualified for the playoffs, and many got there with frequent use of the fullback, a position that seemed to be on the brink of extinction a few years ago, and jumbo sets.

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