The big names of the looming 2012 NFL playoffs aren't hard to identify. Any 10-year-old who watches ESPN on a regular basis knows the leading characters.
These are your A-list stars, the unmistakable names in terms of popularity and impact in every game in which they play.
Yet no leading man can win an Oscar without an equally talented but often overlooked supporting cast. The same goes for the NFL.
In the following slides, we'll take a look at five of the most unsung heroes as we head into the NFL playoffs.