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Vinatieri continues to make clutch kicks

Even though Adam Vinatieri missed nine FGs this season, he was still a sure thing in crucial situations.

Updated: January 30, 2004, 8:27 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Tedy Bruschi didn't used to talk to kickers. As a linebacker and former defensive lineman, Bruschi preferred dealing with football players. Kickers, in Bruschi's eyes, need not apply.

Adam Vinatieri made Bruschi eat those words. They were rookies for the Patriots on Bill Parcells' team in 1996. Herschel Walker broke down the sidelines and appeared to be heading for a touchdown on a kickoff return. Bruschi trailed the play. Out of nowhere comes Vinatieri, using a burst of speed ...

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