Quarterbacks and skill-position superstars receive much of the praise, but each remaining NFL playoff team has its own secret weapon.
These players are either underappreciated or relatively unknown outside of the local area and fan base.
The list is ordered based on scheduled kickoff time for the Divisional Round.
Kansas City’s secret weapon needs to become a primary piece. Albert Wilson, a second-year receiver out of Georgia State, will be the offense’s No. 1 wideout if Jeremy Maclin issidelined with a high ankle sprain.
Prior to the team’s blowout of the Houston Texans in the wild card round, Wilson had caught at least three passes in six of his previous seven appearances.
He’s not a particularly dynamic player, as evidenced by his 12.9 yards per reception. That being said, the speedy Wilson is dangerous if he shakes the initial tackle. The 23-year-old scored a pair of 40-plus-yard touchdowns during the regular season.
Alex Smith, Travis Kelce and the running backs are the most important players, but Wilson has game-changing potential.