One kick can be the difference between glory and heartbreak in the NFL Playoffs—anyone who says otherwise needs only look back to 2012.
Both the AFC and NFC Championship games came down to a single kick by the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants respectively, with those kicks influencing the final outcome of the game (and indeed the Super Bowl) directly.
So now, in 2013, we must remember the significance that kickers have in the NFL—particularly when it comes to close, tight playoff games.
That's why we've ranked the eight remaining kickers in the playoffs from eight through one as to who is the most important and best kicker of them all. Who can be counted on the most in the final minutes to deliver for their team this season?
We'll soon find out.
One important note, however, before we begin.
This power ranking is purely based on statistics and performances from this season alone. This list has in no way incorporated a kicker's career or even last season's performances, for what counts is how they are performing this season.
With that out of the way, let's begin.