Being under the radar can be a lethal advantage. We saw the Packers quietly pick apart every opponent they faced and catch fire at the right time, knocking one highly-touted opponent after another out of contention last year.
There are teams built for January that many are writing off as non-threatening. Here are two teams who have a shot at winning it all that nobody is talking about.
It's almost comical to think that the Patriots' recent postseason struggles and defensive woes have virtually the entire league writing them off.
The AFC is wide open, and every single team has proven themselves to be vulnerable. The Patriots happen to have a future Hall of Fame head coach and quarterback tandem who know a little something about winning it all.
The Patriots love being written off. This isn't the best New England team we've seen, but they are guaranteed a game in Foxboro and will likely have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Can I get a quick show of hands of teams who want to go into into Foxboro to take on the Patriots with their season on the line?
The Packers have proven that they aren't invincible, and the Saints will likely have to come to Candlestick to take on the 49ers.
They have their limitations offensively, but this is a team who has nothing to lose, has a league-best turnover differential of 26 and has a historic run defense that forces teams to throw to win.
Is it out of the question to see the Saints, who have lost against the Buccaneers and Rams on the road this season, lose to the 49ers on the road? The Packers are obviously the team to beat in the NFC, but sloppy conditions in Lambeau would favor the 49ers' style of play.
The 49ers aren't flashy and they've got to do better in the red zone, but Jim Harbaugh has his team believing and with Patrick Willis returning just in time, it's hard to imagine anyone will be thrilled about a matchup with the physical 49ers.
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