Sports Illustrated ‘s CHARLES P. PIERCE spotlighted the performance of Patriots’ “fifth-year pro out of Louisiana Tech named Ryan Allen” in an “an old-fashioned 1930-ish punting duel” in a dissective story of the Patriot’s special teams’ play in the come-from-behind, 24-20, on-to-the-Super Bowl victory yesterday.

“Allen had beaten Nortman in a punter’s duel when it mattered” he wrote. And he went on to cite Coach Bill Belichick talking about Ryan: “Ryan made a lot of big plays...It was key for us.”

The story also gives some interesting evolvement of the role of punting in the NFL.

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