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25. San Francisco 49ers: Garrison Hearst-Kevan Barlow
Known mostly for featuring Terrell Owens' work, the early-2000s 49ers also deployed a potent ground game. San Francisco's starter from 1997-98, Hearst missed two full seasons because of a severe ankle injury. While he was not quite his elite version, Hearst still made the 2001 Pro Bowl and earned Comeback Player of the Year acclaim. He and Barlow, a 2001 third-round pick, helped the 49ers rank in the top six in rushing from 2001-03 and make the playoffs twice in that span. The duo combined for 2,300-plus scrimmage yards in 2001 and 2003, and the understudy surpassed 1,000 rushing yards in '03.
24. San Diego Chargers: Marion Butts-Ronnie Harmon
An ahead-of-his-time player, Harmon eclipsed 500 receiving yards in six straight seasons. The outlet threat teamed with Butts on some talented Chargers teams. From 1990-93, Butts and Harmon combined for three Pro Bowls. The former bludgeoned his way to Hawaii in 1990 and '91 and teamed with Harmon to help the '92 Chargers become the only team ever to start 0-4 and make the playoffs. Since the 1970 merger, Harmon's 914 receiving yards in 1992 rank eighth among running backs. The Bolts drafted Natrone Means in 1993; their backfield trio combined for 2,441 scrimmage yards in its lone season together.
23. New York Giants: Brandon Jacobs-Derrick Ward (feat. Ahmad Bradshaw)
The 2008 Giants earned home-field advantage thanks largely to Jacobs and Ward becoming the NFL's fifth 1,000-1,000 rushing tandem. A Christian Okoye-esque terrifying tackling task, the 264-pound Jacobs surpassed 1,000 yards in 2007 and 2008 and scored 15 TDs in '08. Used on special teams during Tiki Barber's final three seasons, Ward missed most of New York's 2007 Super Bowl season but rushed for 603 yards in eight games. In '08, he averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Jacobs, Ward and Bradshaw combined for 2,931 scrimmage yards in 2008. Bradshaw became a key cog after Ward's 2009 free agency exit.
21. Cleveland Browns: Kevin Mack-Earnest Byner
The Browns earned 1986's No. 1 AFC seed despite Byner going down midseason. Had he been at full strength, perhaps "The Drive" game plays out differently. In 1985, Mack and Byner became the third pair of backs to join the 1,000-1,000 club; Mack did so as a rookie in a season when fellow rookie Bernie Kosar needed a dominant ground game to get the Browns to the playoffs. In '87, Mack made the Pro Bowl and Byner totaled 345 yards in two playoff games -- before his era-defining fumble. Byner led the playoff-bound '88 Browns in rushing before being traded to the Redskins.
20. Detroit Lions: Doak Walker-Bob Hoernschemeyer
The early-1950s Lions were loaded, rostering several Hall of Famers. One of them played a multifaceted role on offense. At just 173 pounds, Walker was a jack-of-all-trades for Detroit. The Heisman winner earned four All-Pro honors in six seasons, being a key Bobby Layne target (three 500-yard receiving years) and helping Hoernschemeyer in the backfield. Both first-round picks, Walker and Hoernschemeyer played in Detroit from 1950-55. In that span, the Lions won two NFL titles. The duo accounted for three TDs in the Lions' title games — including a Walker 67-yard run in 1952 — and combined for six Pro Bowls.
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Terry Metcalf-Jim Otis
One of the most electric players in the Cardinals' 100-year history, Metcalf teamed with a fullback used frequently as a between-the-tackles runner from 1973-77. Residing as one of the NFL's most underrated inside-outside tandems, Otis and Metcalf thrived during Don Coyrell's mid-'70s St. Louis stay. The Cardinals won the NFC East from 1974-75, relying on their three-time Pro Bowl halfback and a fullback who led the NFC in rushing in 1975. Like his son in the 1990s, Terry Metcalf helped as a runner and receiver. Both he and Otis made the Pro Bowl in 1975 — an 11-3 season that doubled as the St. Louis Cards' peak.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Tony Dorsett-Robert Newhouse (feat. Preston Pearson)
The Cowboys traded a first- and three second-round picks to the Seahawks to draft Dorsett second overall. He became an instant success and a lock Hall of Famer, the electric runner taking Dallas' backfield reins as a rookie. Dorsett teamed with Newhouse and Pearson to post staggering yardage numbers. Dallas' do-everything back, its fullback and a 30-something receiving back combined for 2,916 scrimmage yards in 14 1977 games for the Super Bowl champs. In '78, the trio got to 3,093 in 16 games. While Pearson slowed down soon after, Dorsett and Newhouse remained a top-end duo until 1980.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Fred Taylor-Maurice Jones-Drew
As Taylor's prime wound down, the Jaguars brought in an overqualified wingman who then usurped him in the late 2000s. Taylor and Jones-Drew teamed up for only three years, two of which were especially notable, but the Jags' ground attack soared in that span. The team's all-time rushing leader produced his sixth and seventh 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 and '07, making his only Pro Bowl in the latter season. Jones-Drew was immediately explosive, scoring 15 TDs as a rookie in 2006. Taylor and MJD each surpassed 1,300 scrimmage yards in '06 and helped the Jags to the 2007 divisional round.
15. New Orleans Saints: Alvin Kamara-Mark Ingram
They only played 27 games together but combined for three Pro Bowls in a stretch that re-established the Saints as a Super Bowl threat. The Saints turned Kamara into a supercharged version of Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles, and in 2017 New Orleans' most successful inside-outside tandem became the first running backs ever to each eclipse 1,500 scrimmage yards in a season. Kamara scored a Saints-record-tying 18 TDs, with he and Ingram coming within a botched pass interference call of a Super Bowl. Kamara-Latavius Murray is nice but profiles as a discount version of what the Saints once had.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Steve Van Buren-Bosh Pritchard
This partnership produced only two notable years; they happened to coincide with back-to-back Eagles championships. An undrafted free agent and a No. 5 overall pick, Pritchard and Van Buren, respectively, helped the Eagles go 20-3-1 from 1948-49. Van Buren, of course, was most responsible. The four-time rushing champion was the dominant back of his era, twice topping 1,000 yards (in 12-game seasons) and maxing out at 1,146 in 1949. Pritchard got to 506 that year but averaged 6.0 yards per carry. They combined for 165 yards in 1948's blizzard title game, and Van Buren gashed the Rams for 196 to clinch the 1949 crown.
13. Washington Redskins: Larry Brown-Charlie Harraway
Vince Lombardi assembled two backfields on this list, the second of which came during his short time in Washington. In 1969, the iconic coach drafted Brown in Round 8 and acquired Harraway from the Browns. For a stretch in the early 1970s, Brown — a four-time Pro Bowler — was the NFL's best back. Freed from Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly's shadow, Harraway cleared paths for Brown and proved adept at rushing and receiving. Harraway caught 55 passes in 1969 and helped Brown become the NFL MVP in 1972. The two played together from 1969-73, lifting the Redskins to three playoff berths and Super Bowl VII under George Allen.
12. San Francisco 49ers: Roger Craig-Wendell Tyler
Team success and the historic Bill Walsh-Joe Montana partnership may obscure the mid-1980s 49ers' dynamic backfield. It shouldn't. A three-day stretch in April 1983 brought the 49ers Craig (via Round 2 pick) and Tyler (via Rams trade). They thrived as a three-year duo. Craig became one of the most versatile backs ever, and Tyler led one of the best teams ever (the '84 Niners) in rushing with 1,262 yards. Craig caught 71 passes that year and scored three Super Bowl TDs. While Craig became the first-ever member of the 1,000-1,000 rushing-receiving club in 1985, he and Tyler combined for a monstrous 3,087 scrimmage yards.
11. Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams-Jonathan Stewart
A throwback pairing both in terms of productivity and resources expended, Carolina's backfield from 2008-14 featured two first-round picks and millions of fantasy owners on weekly roller coasters. A 2006 first-rounder, Williams was the primary starter. But each player led the Panthers in rushing three times during this coalition's tenure. Chosen 11th overall in 2008, Stewart was the more powerful back and scored 21 TDs in his first two years. Wiliams-Stewart peaked in 2009 — as Jake Delhomme declined — with each surpassing 1,100 yards. They remain the only duo to ever accomplish that.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Hill-Walt Garrison (feat. Duane Thomas)
As the Cowboys hit their stride in the late 1960s and early '70s, they had a dependable ground attack. Hill and Garrison — with the short-lived aid of the enigmatic Thomas — gave the Cowboys a top-five rushing attack five times from 1969-74. Known more now for being Grant Hill's father, Calvin was a two-time 1,000-yard back and four-time Pro Bowler. In 1972, both he and his fullback surpassed 800 rushing yards en route to Pro Bowls. The brooding Thomas took Hill's spot as the Cowboys' top halfback in 1970 and '71 but was gone by '72. The Hill-Garrison duo did well to supplement Roger Staubach in the coming years.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers: Franco Harris-Rocky Bleier
The early years of the Steelers 1970s dynasty required major Harris assistance, with Terry Bradshaw not yet a consistent quarterback. But Pittsburgh's offense took steps forward in the mid-'70s, and Bleier's emergence into a high-end Harris wingman helped on this front. The Vietnam War veteran contributed solid work alongside his Hall of Fame teammate from 1974-78. In 1976, Harris and Bleier became the second duo to go 1,000-1,000. Each missing the '76 AFC title game due to injuries doomed the Steelers, but the running backs were essential to the team's third and fourth Super Bowl championships soon after.
7. Los Angeles Raiders: Bo Jackson-Marcus Allen
A talent consolidation for the ages. The stats aren't there for this duo compared to the others in this list's top sector. That's because Jackson joined the Raiders each October after his Royals seasons. A year-round highlight maven from 1987-90, Bo averaged north of 5.5 yards per carry in three Raiders seasons. He reached 950 rushing yards in 11 games in 1989 and made the Pro Bowl despite being a Raider backup in '90. Los Angeles' established star, Allen still contributed steady work on the ground and through the air. Jackson's NFL career ended suddenly with his January 1991 hip injury, stopping this partnership at four years.
6. Green Bay Packers: Jim Taylor-Paul Hornung
The cogs in Vince Lombardi's simple but historically effective run game, Taylor and Hornung lifted the Packers to four championships. Both arrived in Green Bay before Lombardi, but each one's career took off in the 1960s after he took over. Taylor did the bulk of the inside lifting; the Packer fullback amassed five straight 1,000-yard seasons from 1960-64. Hornung did his best supporting work from 1959-61, scoring 32 touchdowns in that span. Although Hornung and Taylor are each Hall of Famers, this was Taylor's backfield. This backfield's fame aside, the former topped 800 scrimmage yards just once.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Warrick Dunn-Mike Alstott
As far as complementary backfields go, it does not get much better. Dunn and Alstott played together in Tampa from 1997-2001; they combined for seven Pro Bowls and three seasons with 2,300-plus yards from scrimmage. Alstott's broken-tackle highlight reels almost obscured Dunn's consistency. The elusive ex-Florida State star thrived as a runner and receiver; he caught 259 passes during the Dunn-Alstott years, and he formed Dunn-Alstott Lite with T.J. Duckett in Atlanta. Alstott may be the last statistically impactful fullback — barring a drastic NFL stylistic pivot — but the six-time Pro Bowler made his run count.
4. San Francisco 49ers: Hugh McElhenny-Joe Perry (feat. John Henry Johnson)
Each Hall of Famers, Perry and McElhenny's overlap was special. From 1952-54, the 49ers led the NFL in rushing each year. In each season, they sent two backs to the Pro Bowl. Perry was with the team dating back to its All-American Football Conference roots in the '40s; McElhenny arrived in the 1952 first round. Perry's straight-ahead style blended with McElhenny's broken-field sojourns, and each earned All-Pro acclaim in 1953. Perry led the NFL in rushing in 1953 and '54. In the latter year, the 49ers assembled "The Million Dollar Backfield" with Johnson, but Perry and McElhenny played together through 1960.
3. Baltimore Colts: Lenny Moore-Alan Ameche
An all-time versatile player, Moore teamed with Ameche to give the Colts elite capabilities during their franchise zenith in the late 1950s. Lethal on the ground and through the air, Moore averaged 7-plus yards per carry three times and eclipsed 900 receiving yards twice. From 1956-59, he and Ameche combined for six Pro Bowls and gave Johnny Unitas an unrivaled inside-outside tandem to lift Baltimore to back-to-back titles. Moore led the NFL in yards per touch in each of his first six years, and Ameche remained a high-end between-the-tackles runner. He scored the game-winning TD in "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
2. Miami Dolphins: Larry Csonka-Mercury Morris (feat. Jim Kiick)
One of the great stretches in run-game history, the Dolphins centered a dynasty on an ability to gain rushing yards at will. From 1971-74, the Dolphins went 1-1-3-4 in rushing rankings. They rode their Csonka-Morris tandem to two Super Bowl titles and were one miracle catch away from playing for the right to reach four straight Super Bowls. Csonka and Kiick powered the Dolphins to Super Bowl VI, but the elusive Morris usurped Kiick during Miami's perfect season. He and Csonka became the first teammates to rush for 1,000 yards that year. In Super Bowl VIII a year later, the Dolphins threw just seven passes in a dominant win.
1. Cleveland Browns: Jim Brown-Bobby Mitchell
From 1958-61, Brown had a Hall of Fame teammate in the backfield. The Browns drafted Mitchell in the seventh round and used him as the lightning to Brown's not-since-replicated thunder dimension. Brown won four straight rushing titles despite Mitchell gaining at least 500 yards in each of his four Cleveland seasons. In 1960, the Browns' halfback added 612 receiving yards and joined the legendary fullback in the Pro Bowl. Cleveland traded Mitchell to the Redskins in 1962 for Ernie Davis' rights. Washington moved Mitchell to wide receiver, and he led the NFL in receiving the next two years. Mitchell died earlier this month at 84.
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