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Falcons running back with his first poor shaky of the season

Atlanta's star running back was held in check for the first time this season.

Devonta Freeman has been so good all season, so there is some shock he was held to a season-low 12 rushing yards on 12 carries Sunday in the Falcons' loss to the 49ers.

The 49ers took away Atlanta's running game and Freeman could get no separation. He started Sunday as the NFL's leading rusher with 709 yards. Now with 721 yards, Freeman is second behind Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, who has 758 yards.

The Falcons will need Freeman to get back on track when the season resumes in two weeks. Atlanta's improved running game has been a big reason the team is off to a 6-3 start. Even with the offense struggling the last few games, Freeman had still been productive, until Sunday.

This was the NFL's equivalent to what happened to LSU's Leonard Fournette on Saturday against Alabama. Freeman was stopped cold for the first time this season, and it's no coincidence the Falcons also lost.

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