In the past few years, it appears that we have had more "Cinderella" teams that fly under the radar and then seem to come up huge in the playoffs. The 2007 Giants and 2010 Packers say hello.
All season long the Texans have faced, and overcome, more adversity than I can recall one NFL team doing since I've been watching the game. A lot of people like to reference the Packers last season who won the Super Bowl after placing 17 players on the injured reserve and I'm taking nothing away from that. But they never lost Aaron Rodgers for the season. People tend to forget that Houston is on their third-string quarterback who is a fifth-round rookie from the ACC. That's the kind of stuff you can only find in a movie script.
In 17 games this season, the Texans have lost arguably their best defensive player in Mario Williams, their best offensive player in Matt Schaub and maybe the best wide receiver in football in Andre Johnson for the majority of it. Yet, here they are in a position to shock the world...again. But the average fan doesn't know about it because of Tebowmania, which is of course another Cinderella story.
Trust me, hardly anyone in Houston is confident of the Texans' chances this Sunday. But did anyone think the Broncos had a prayer to win against the Steelers last week? The NFL playoffs don't care about what you've done in the past, who the favorite or underdog is or who should win or not.
But it loves a good Cinderella.
Mike Kerns is a featured columnist for the Houston Texans at Bleacher Report. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and catch his latest Texans podcast at State of The Texans.