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San Francisco 49ers focus on run to help sputtering offense

Updated: October 6, 2003, 10:58 PM ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Long known for their prolific passing, the San Francisco 49ers are turning to their ground attack to move their struggling offense forward as they enter a crucial stretch of schedule.

The Niners have not found much rhythm in their passing game under new head coach Dennis Erickson, who promised a more aggressive downfield approach upon his arrival in February. Instead, the team has been carried by a rushing attack that has been the most consistent aspect of an offense ...

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