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Field goals into the north end zone tricky

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham</em> <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Saturday's playoff game between the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal" target="_new">Baltimore Ravens</a> and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten" target="_new">Tennessee Titans</a> comes down to a late field goal attempt, the direction will be significant if pregame warmups are any indicator.</p> <p>Titans kicker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9235" target="_new">Rob Bironas</a> and Ravens kicker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=129" target="_new">Matt Stover</a> both had trouble kicking toward the north end zone -- heading left on your TV screen. Although the upright flags weren't whipping around much, attempts seemed to hit a wall near the goal line.</p> <p>Stover twice missed from 47 yards, and again from 49 yards and 50 yards in that direction.</p> <p>Both kickers were more successful with line drives from longer range, but that will increase the likelihood of a block.</p> <p>Fans will recall a similar situation in January 2001, when the wild-card Ravens came into Nashville and beat the top-seeded Titans.Al Del Greco's field goal attempt into the same end zone was a blocked line drive that Anthony Mitchell returned 90 yards for a touchdown to break open a 10-10 game.</p> <p>Bironas was crushing the ball when kicking toward the south end zone, nailing one from 61 yards. He also made tries from 58 (barely) and 54 yards.</p>

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