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 Atlanta 7 Baltimore 29 Final Tennessee 17 Washington 19 Final Seattle 26 St. Louis 28 Final Cleveland 6 Jacksonville 24 Final Cincinnati 0 Indianapolis 27 Final Minnesota 16 Buffalo 17 Final Miami 27 Chicago 14 Final New Orleans 23 Detroit 24 Final Carolina 17 Green Bay 38 Final Kansas City 23 San Diego 20 Final Arizona 24 Oakland 13 Final New York 21 Dallas 31 Final San Francisco 17 Denver 42