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With coaches so confident in their kickers, they are willing to “settle” for the 40-plus field goals late in games, especially when their offense can run down the clock and not allow the opponent any time to respond.

“We have `Folk Hero’ and we thought he could pop one on them,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “At the end of the day, we believe in our guy. He’s a great kicker.”

And what instructions do these kickers need?

“I just thought, `Kick it through those yellow things,’” Carpenter said.

Seems nearly ever kicker is doing it to win games this year.


AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in New York, Joe Kay in Cincinnati and John Wawrow in Buffalo, N.Y., contributed to this report.


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