Lawrence Timmons

AFC championship preview: Running back could carry team to victory

AFC championship preview: Running back could carry team to victory

Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount once shared carries for the Pittsburgh Steelers and they remain good friends.

Now they will try to keep each other from going to the Super Bowl.

Most of the attention going into Sunday’s AFC title game at Gillette Stadium is on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

But the outcome could be decided by the performances of running backs.

Bell, a fourth-year pro from Michigan State, rushed for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season and has turned it up in the playoffs.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Bell carried 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns against Miami...

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