NFL Playoff Picture: Are Joe Flacco and Alex Smith the Biggest Liabilities Left?

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NFL Playoff Picture: Are Joe Flacco and Alex Smith the Biggest Liabilities Left?
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The best Sunday of the NFL season is not Super Bowl Sunday; it is NFL Championship Sunday.

The Wild Card and Divisional rounds separated the wheat from the chaff by exposing the pretenders' weaknesses for all they are, i.e., the Detroit Lions' porous pass defense, the Denver Broncos' lack of a passing game, the New Orleans Saints' road woes and the Green Bay Packers' inexperience with adversity.

The NFL's version of the Final Four rarely procures the sexiest four teams from the regular season, but rather the last teams standing from each conference as they emerge from the earlier rounds, sometimes worse for wear, and vie for the AFC and NFC championships and a berth in the title game.

The result, similar to the NCAA's Men's college basketball tournament, is a mixture of teams we expected to see and others that improved throughout the season or got hot at the right time, but it's never a combination of perfect teams.

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