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Toe Tapping: NFL kickers going the distance this season

This has been a season in which NFL kickers and punters have positioned the accent squarely on the first syllable of football. It's the Year of the Kicker, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: November 15, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

When Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fumbled the snap on a late field goal attempt in last season's wild-card playoff loss at Seattle, the impact was huge, at least in Dallas. Not only did the Cowboys' season end, but two weeks later, Bill Parcells retired from coaching.

But those were just the immediate ramifications. Now the impact has grown ... and become more widespread.

That play -- on which, ironically enough, the place-kicker never touched the ball -- is cited as ...

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