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Wait, what? That's right, the New Orleans Saints are the best team in the 2011/2012 tournament and are in prime position to make a return to the Super Bowl.
Let's look at the facts: The Saints are as white-hot as you can possibly be, the winners of eight straight games. Of those eight, five have been total blowouts, all coming during the last six games. They have curb stomped three playoff teams in the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.
This is all without mentioning that they are practically unbeatable at home, where they will be playing in the first round, at least.
On the other hand, we already know that the Packers just barely won against the Lions (resting Rodgers), lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and came within six seconds and a blown call of losing to the Giants.
Most importantly, this is now January football, where teams will be forced out into nasty weather, especially with the road to the Super Bowl running through Green Bay. If the Saints should meet the Packers again at Lambeau Field, no miraculous goal line stand is going to save the Pack.
Winter football becomes a very different animal when you have four running backs to complement the NFL's hottest quarterback in Drew Brees. The Saints can employ Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram for the deepest running back platoon in the entire league. Those four have combined for 2,013 yards rushing, good for sixth in the NFL, third in the playoff picture and best out of the six NFC playoff teams. Only the Texans and Broncos run the ball better, and unlike the Saints they can't really throw.
The road to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis may run through Lambeau Field, but it should be the Saints who go marching in.
Remember, though, no team is invincible in the playoffs, as this team found out against the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. We'll find out if they learned from that game.