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What makes the NFL great is that any team can beat any team on any given Sunday. And the playoffs are clearly no exception. The postseason seems to commonly have an underdog surprise all the analysts and make a deep run.
Was it not the Green Bay Packers who barely made playoffs last season, only to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the end?
Or how about the New York Jets, whose stingy defense stopped the powerhouse 2010 New England Patriots and 2009 San Diego Chargers on their two AFC championship runs?
The 2008 season too saw two underdog teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles, face off in the NFC Championship Game and in 2007 the heavily favored 19-0 New England Patriots fell to the 13-6 New York Giants.
The list goes on and on. The point is in football anything can happen. Every team that makes the postseason has something special; otherwise they would not have made it that far. And in a win-or-go home playoff format, the team that starts clicking at the right time can make it all the way.
Who will it be this year? Will it be the Atlanta Falcons, who boast a very talented and balanced roster and were overlooked all season long?
Will it be the New York Giants, who are featuring a quarterback playing the best football of his career and are hot coming off a must-win game against their hated divisional rival?
Or how about the Houston Texans, a team that has finally gotten the monkey off its back and made it to the playoffs and, boasting a very potent running game and one of the league's best defenses, is eager to make the most out of its opportunity?
One team will emerge and surprise us all. That much I can almost say with certainty. The only question is, which team will it be?