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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Asante Samuel at his best in postseason

By Pat Yasinskas

One of the reasons the Atlanta Falcons traded for Asante Samuel back in the spring was because the veteran cornerback knows how to win.

Samuel has been on two Super Bowl championship teams with New England and also spent time with Philadelphia. Samuel helped bring a swagger to the defense during the regular season. But history has shown Samuel might bring even more to the Falcons in the postseason.

Samuel has been one of the best regular-season cornerbacks of his era. But you could make a case that he’s among the all-time best defensive backs in the postseason.

Samuel is the NFL’s all-time leader with four interceptions returned for touchdowns in the postseason. He also holds the NFL record for interception return yards (227) in the postseason.

Samuel’s seven postseason interceptions tie him for sixth in NFL history and he trails only Ed Reed (eight) among active players. Among cornerbacks, Samuel ranks second only to Lester Hayes on the all-time list.

According to STATS LLC, Samuel’s 25 passes defensed in the postseason are the most by any player in the modern era.