NFL Playoff Predictions: Ranking the 12 Defenses in the Playoffs

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NFL Playoff Predictions: Ranking the 12 Defenses in the Playoffs
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Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's single-season passing record, Calvin Johnson caught more touchdowns than the entire Jacksonville Jaguars receiving corps and Tim Tebow is resurrecting the Rocky Mountain State's faith in its football team.

But lost among the offensive fireworks is the fact that there are some pretty good defenses in this year's NFL playoffs—and defenses can either hold on to a close win or drop a sure victory, no matter how good an offense you have.

Just ask the New England Patriots.

It's the quarterbacks and wide receivers that are going to get a bulk of the accolades, but it doesn't matter if Aaron Rodgers throws 10 touchdowns to Jordy Nelson if Green Bay's defense gives up 11.

The NFL has slowly progressed toward a glorified Arena Football game, but unlike the basketball on grass that the AFL offers, defense still matters.

With that said I give you my ranking, from last to first, of all 12 defenses in this year's NFL playoffs.

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