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 Philadelphia 24 Washington 27 Final/OT San Diego 38 San Francisco 35
Final Minnesota 35 Miami 37 Final Baltimore 13 Houston 25 Final Detroit 20 Chicago 14 Final Cleveland 13 Carolina 17 Final Atlanta 30 New Orleans 14 Final Green Bay 20 Tampa Bay 3 Final Kansas City 12 Pittsburgh 20 Final New England 17 New York 16 Final New York 37 St. Louis 27 Final Buffalo 24 Oakland 26 Final Indianapolis 7 Dallas 42 Final Seattle 35 Arizona 6