Broncos, Patriots have both hurdled the long snapper (The Associated Press)

Both teams have players who have hurdled the long snapper to block kicks this season, and while odds are slim it’ll happen again Sunday, these players’ athleticism will be on display in the kicking game or on defense. Neither linebacker Shea McClellin of the Patriots (11-2) nor safety Justin Simmons of the Broncos (8-5) had ever blocked a kick at any level before pulling off the feat this season. It helped the Patriots grab the early momentum in a 30-23 victory over the Ravens.