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01-21-2013, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by SpinTheBlackCircle View Post
The Falcons had to respect the run option even up 17-0. The 49ers wouldn't have had that option with Smith in there and the Falcons can beat 1 dimensional teams.

At the end of the day, the Falcons lost the game by 9 yards.
You're probably right, but run-option or not...the Niners would of ran the ball on the Falcons even if they weren't using the read-option. The Niners have always been a run-heavy team that runs from alot of different formations and I just don't think the Falcons defensive line was big enough or stout enough to stop the Niners, even if they ran from more traditional formations...coupled with the fact the Falcons can't stop opposing TE's, it's not unreasonable to say the Niners could of come back vs the Falcons if Smith was starting.

The gameplan would of been the same...the falcons struggled to stop the run period, read-option or not.

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