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Getting To Know You
BEN REITER
February 04, 2013
Six less heralded players who could be difference-makers on Sunday
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February 04, 2013

Getting To Know You

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ALEX BOONE

RG, 49ers

Undrafted in '09 and a reserve until this season, he was Pro Football Focus's third-rated guard in the NFL, and the Niners' second-ranked lineman behind LT Joe Staley.

PERNELL MCPHEE

DE, Ravens

Two off-season knee surgeries slowed this 2011 fifth-rounder early on, and his sacks dropped from six last year to 1½ in '12. But he's returned to form in the playoffs, tipping two key Tom Brady passes in the AFC title game.

LAMICHAEL JAMES

RB, 49ers

This rookie's 4.45 speed was contained to the sideline until Week 14. Since then he's played 107 snaps in six games as a return man (he had a 62-yard KR against the Pats) and change-of-pace back (a 15-yard TD run against the Falcons).

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