Falcons ground game could derail Cards in playoffs

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GLENDALE -- The Atlanta Falcons can run away with a wild card victory over Arizona on Saturday, if regular-season history means anything.

The Falcons' Michael Turner went from San Diego backup to a Pro Bowl powerhouse in Atlanta, helping the Falcons turn a tumultuous 4-12 finish last season into a playoff run in 2008.

He rushed for 1,699 yards.

Turner says the Falcons don't need to resort to any tricks or big surprises. He says Atlanta just needs to stick with what got them there.

The Cardinals are dead last among 32 NFL teams in rushing.

They've returned to Edgerrin James as their lead back after banishing him to the bench for seven games. James gained 100 yards in Arizona's 34-21 victory over Seattle last Sunday to move ahead of Franco Harris into 11th on the league's career rushing list.

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