Special teams loom large in playoffs

Special teams had a huge impact on the outcomes of the wild-card round. Don't be surprised if that's the case this weekend as well, writes Michael Smith.

Originally Published: January 9, 2008
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

Please pardon the cliché, but had someone told me that David Garrard would go 9-of-21 with two picks while Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew would combine to rush for 77 yards, I'd have said Jacksonville had no chance to win at Pittsburgh last Saturday night.

Of course, it helped the Jaguars' cause that both of their touchdown drives began in Steelers territory (one thanks to an interception), and the game-winning drive started at the Jags' 49.

It was the same ...

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