Jackson Thinks Run Game Can Neutralize Niners

Jackson Thinks Run Game Can Neutralize Niners

Jay Adams

Published April 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

If anyone knows the team that knocked the Falcons out of the postseason well, it’s new running back Steven Jackson.

Spending nine years in the same division with the San Francisco 49ers as a member of the St. Louis Rams, Jackson has some keen insight into how to view the Niners, particularly when it comes to how the team prepares from a defensive standpoint.

Click here to listen to Steven Jackson’s full appearance on 790 The Zone

Joining 790 The Zone’s Mayhem in the AM on Tuesday morning, Jackson told the crew that the running game can be a great weapon against a San Francisco defense that wants to exploit a team’s weaknesses.

“When you play the San Francisco 49ers, they’re a bully. They want to hit you. They’re going to intimidate you,” Jackson told 790 The Zone. “Patrick Willis and that defense, they study football. They know the game and they know what you cannot do. They’re going to exploit it.

“So, when you fight a team like that — I say fight because, as a Ram, we went into that game thinking it was a heavyweight bout — when we went into that game, we knew that we were going to have to run the ball, we were going to trip the clock, and between the two of our offenses, who both like to run the ball, whoever has the ball last is going to win the game.”

The Falcons were just 10 yards away from a winning touchdown against San Francisco in the NFC Championship game in January that would have sent them on to the Super Bowl.

The Falcons will face the 49ers in San Francisco during the 2013 season.

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