Kasay, Elam give Panthers, Falcons edge in clutch

December, 30, 2008

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.

40-plus-yard field goal leaders by percentage
Atlanta Jason Elam 11-12 91.7
Arizona Neil Rackers 7-8 87.5
Tennessee Rob Bironas 16-20 80.0
Carolina John Kasay 12-15 80.0
Minnesota Ryan Longwell 12-15 80.0
Pittsburgh Jeff Reed 9-12 75.0
New York John Carney 6-8 75.0
Miami Dan Carpenter 10-14 71.4
Indianapolis Adam Vinatieri 6-9 66.7
Philadelphia David Akers 9-14 64.3
Baltimore Matt Stover 5-10 50.0
San Diego Nate Kaeding 4-9 44.4



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