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Kick-starters or momentum killers?

Super Bowl could hinge on competitiveness of Patriots special-teamers

Updated: January 29, 2012, 2:58 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- One losing team had its chance to send the game into overtime dashed by a missed 32-yard field goal. The other losing team fumbled a punt deep in its territory to essentially give the game away.

If ever there was a set of back-to-back games that highlighted the importance of special teams, last week's AFC and NFC championships were them.

Often overlooked as the third phase of the game, behind offense and defense, it's the area where teams' more anonymous players often ...

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