Five to thrive: Unheralded players primed for postseason

Unheralded players always play a key role in their team's playoff success. This year, there are a handful of players who could produce a similar impact, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: January 2, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Now that the postseason has arrived once again, it's time to start talking about how teams win championships. They do it by raising their energy level to match the playoff atmosphere and minimizing mistakes. They do it with stars making critical plays and coaches devising effective game plans. And they also do it with help from another area -- unexpected contributions from players who somehow rise to the occasion.

This is something we saw from the New York Giants last season, a team ...

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