Most underrated NFL players left

Victor Cruz is a big reason the New York Giants are in the NFC Championship Game. William Perlman/US Presswire

Every year in the NFL, there are players who do the dirty work necessary to win games. They may not have a reputation as one of the NFL's elite, but they deserve more credit than the average fan gives them. And that's if the average fan has even heard of them.

Here are two guys for each of the four remaining playoff teams, one on offense and one on defense, who are underrated and could make a big difference on Sunday:

New York Giants

Offense: Wide receiver Victor Cruz