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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.

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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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