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Top five game-winning field goals in the post-season

Garrett Hartley lines up the winning kick
Garrett Hartley lines up the winning kick.

1. 2009 NFC Championship Game: Garrett Hartley 40-yards - Vikings 28-31 Saints

Garrett Hartley's kick is number one not just for its clutch nature, but also because of the back story that was in place that tested the mental resolve of Hartley.

During the later stages of the regular season, Hartley had a terrible run of missed kicks, with a few crucial missed field goals that led to the Saints losing three straight games.

Having missed one earlier in the game, the pressure was on Hartley to perform in the big moment.

The extra pressure was also there, with a missed field goal likely to give Minnesota some great field position.

However, Hartley stepped up and showed excellent mental strength to slot over the three points and send the Saints to the Super Bowl.

In the Super Bowl two weeks later, he came up with three kicks of over 40 yards, showing that the kick against the Vikings was just the confidence boost he needed.

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