Kasay, Elam give Panthers, Falcons edge in clutch
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Since playoff games often come down to a field goal, the Falcons and Panthers have something good going for them.
Both teams have veteran kickers. Atlanta's Jason Elam and Carolina's John Kasay each have made plenty of clutch kicks throughout their careers. But, even late in their careers, Kasay and Elam still are at the top of their games.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Elam and Kasay were among the best kickers in the league this season when attempting field goals from 40 yards or longer. Here's a look at how all the playoff kickers ranked in that category.
Final Cleveland 26 Atlanta 24 Final Tennessee 24 Philadelphia 43 Final Detroit 9 New England 34 Final Green Bay 24 Minnesota 21 Final Jacksonville 3 Indianapolis 23 Final Cincinnati 22 Houston 13 Postponed New York Buffalo Final Tampa Bay 13 Chicago 21 Final Arizona 3 Seattle 19 Final St. Louis 24 San Diego 27 Final Miami 36 Denver 39 Final Washington 13 San Francisco 17 Final Dallas 31 New York 28
Final New York 3 Buffalo 38 Final Baltimore 34 New Orleans 27