NFL Playoffs: A Time For Unsung Heroes To Step to the Plate

January 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Although he was a first-round pick, the biggest play of Freddie Mitchell's short four-year career was a 28-yard catch on 4th-and-26 in the 2004 NFC Divisional playoff game between the Eagles and Packers. The catch helped the Eagles tie the game and eventually win in overtime.
Mitchell is just one in a series of unlikely football heroes to emerge.
Who can forget backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler leading the New York Giants to a win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV (25)? Or how about cornerback Eric Davis, who during the 1994 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, returned an interception for a touchdown then forced a fumble on the next Dallas series to help put the San Francisco 49ers up 14-0 en route to a 38-28 win
How about cornerback Larry Brown of the Dallas Cowboys, who intercepted two Neil O'Donnell passes in Super Bowl XXX (30), the second helping cement the win for Dallas against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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