NFL Playoff Schedule 2012: 5 Players Who Have Let Their Teams Down
There's no more pressure-packed situation in the NFL than the playoffs, and while some players thrive under these circumstances and turn in career-defining performances, others curl up in the fetal position or try to do their best impression of an ostrich by laying a huge egg.
It's those ostriches that we'll spotlight here today, with a look at a fistful of failures from the 2012 playoffs.
Billy Cundiff: K, Baltimore Ravens
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Like I'm gonna start somewhere else.
With a shot to send the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots to overtime, Baltimore Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff took a few steps, planted his foot and proceeded to redefine the concept of wide left.
Through the big yellow poles, Billy. Through the big yellow poles
The Entire Atlanta Falcons Offensive Line
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This is the first two group eggs in our little collection.
Not only did the Atlanta Falcons offensive line fail to open any holes for running back Michael Turner in their 24-2 drubbing at the hands of the New York Giants in the Wild Card round, they also got quarterback Matt Ryan sacked twice and failed to convert on 4th-and-1 (also twice).
It's called blocking guys...you should try it.
Ike Taylor: CB, Pittsburgh Steelers
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When Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor wasn't chosen for the Pro Bowl this season, many people felt that the ninth-year pro was snubbed.
However, after getting repeatedly abused by Denver Broncos wide receiver DeMaryius Thomas in the Broncos Wild Card Round win over the Steelers (including being stiff-armed on the game-winning score...by a wideout), I'd say the voters got that particular one right.
Cedric Benson: RB, Cincinnati Bengals
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The entire Cincinnati Bengals team was something of a letdown in its Wild Card Round loss to the Houston Texans, as the entire team was outclassed in a 31-10 beatdown.
However, their cause certainly wasn't helped by running back Cedric Benson, who gained a whopping 12 yards on eight touches in the game.
Way to go after that free-agent payday there, Ced.
Every Green Bay Receiver Not Named Donald Driver
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Apparently the Green Bay Packers receiving corps spent the week off before their Divisional Round loss to the New York Giants working out with former wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, because they sure played like Mitchell in the game, dropping approximately 37 passes.
Donald Driver must not have been invited to the soiree, because he seemed to be the only Green Bay pass catcher that, you know, caught passes.