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Instead of breaking out, Falcons RB Steven Jackson mired in worst season of decade-long career

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) is talked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) is talked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) wraps up Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) wraps up Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

Steven Jackson was looking forward to showing what he could do on a winning team, to really making his mark on the national stage.

It hasn't worked out that way.

Jackson is mired in the worst season on his decade-long career, and any hope he had of carrying the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl title are long gone.

After missing four games with a hamstring injury, Jackson has been largely invisible since returning — 33 carries for 74 yards and two of the worst performances of his career. He ran for just 6 yards on 11 attempts against Arizona. Last weekend, he managed only 11 yards on nine carries in a loss to Seattle.

The slumping Falcons (2-7) travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers (1-8) on Sunday.