NFL Playoffs 2012: 8 Underrated Players Crucial to Their Team's Super Bowl Hopes

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NFL Playoffs 2012: 8 Underrated Players Crucial to Their Team's Super Bowl Hopes
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As we get closer to the conference championships, lots of the focus is on the stars who can lead their teams into the Super Bowl.

The mistake with doing this is that people forget about football being a team sport. Often times, the last team standing is the one that best works together, not the one with the best player.

In this slideshow, I will look at several underrated players who have received less media coverage but still play vital parts in their team's game plans. By underrated, I mean players who have not been to any Pro Bowls or been named All-Pro.

For the most part, they will be players who haven't been discussed much, meaning players like Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco who will not be eligible.

Here are eight of the most underrated players on the four teams that are trying to get to Super Bowl XLVI. 

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