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Deion Branch

From O'Brien to Vinatieri, Super Bowl's most crucial kicks

When the Super Bowl comes down to the kicker, all eyes are on the smallest, least athletic guy on the field.

There's only been one win-or-lose field-goal attempt in the first 49 years. Three other tie games were decided by a kicker who had the protection of overtime in case he missed.

Many NFL fans and players hate to see games determined by a kicker's foot, and that sentiment is amplified when the Vince Lombardi Trophy is on the line.

People prefer to see Montana to Taylor or Manning to Burress at the end rather than Scott Norwood or Adam Vinatieri lining up for a kick.

Three of the most crucial kicks in Super Bowl history:

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