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Three of the most crucial kicks in Super Bowl history

When the Super Bowl comes down to the kicker, all eyes are on the smallest, least athletic guy on the field. There's only been one win-or-lose field-goal attempt in the first 49 years. Three other tie games were decided by a kicker who had the protection of overtime in case he missed. Many NFL...

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