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Veteran kickers dominate playoff landscape

Ryan Longwell (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

While two teams are in the playoffs with rookie quarterbacks and other squads have starters with fewer than five years of experience, veteran kickers are found much more often on this year's playoff rosters. Ryan Longwell isn't surprised, citing several reasons that veterans are so important to have come playoff time.

There has been a long-held axiom in the NFL that the key to winning is having a veteran quarterback that is the face of the franchise. In the past 20 years, players like Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Steve Young and Peyton Manning have cemented that image. But to take a look around the playoff class of 2008, it could be argued that the key to success isn't a veteran...

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