(Eds: With AP Photos.) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Vince Lombardi, not to mention Woody Hayes, would love what the 49ers, Patriots, Texans, Chiefs and Giants have been doing recently. It might be longer than three yards and a cloud of dust, but those teams have run to daylight enough to make the ground game viable in the NFL again.
Only Kansas City has been losing among those five teams showing a strong commitment to the run. And for the others, particularly the Patriots and Giants, the balance provided by successful rushing attacks can only make their prolific passing games even more dangerous.
Nowhere is that more stark than in New England, where during the Tom Brady era that's now in its 12th season, only very early on when Brady replaced the injured Drew Bledsoe was Bill Belichick's bunch not a passing team. As Brady developed into a championship quarterback and superb passer, the Patriots' devotion to the run waned.
Not so in 2012. New England ranks th...