2012 NFL Season: 3 Reasons Why the NFC Will Be Stronger Than the AFC in 2012

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2012 NFL Season: 3 Reasons Why the NFC Will Be Stronger Than the AFC in 2012
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Brandon Jacobs scores a touchdown in New York's 37-20 win over Green Bay.

The Green Bay Packers reeled off 19 straight wins and went 15-1 during 2012, yet they aren't the best in the NFC.

The San Francisco 49ers bring the league's best defense, a great tight end and running back and a team that went 13-3 during the regular season. Yet, they aren't the best in the NFC.

During the 2011 season, the New York Giants unexpectedly came out of the NFC, and they're ready to take on the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. However, in 2012, things will be a lot harder for New York and the NFC.

This year, Carolina and Cam Newton were just getting the party started, and they lost too many close games. Chicago was on their way to the playoffs before Jay Cutler suffered an injury. And Philadelphia reeled off four straight wins and would've made the playoffs with a win or a Giants loss at any point of the season.

For teams like Atlanta, who squeaked into the playoffs and got routed (by the Giants), things will get a lot harder. There are about three teams from every division (except the NFC West) capable of a big run and a shot at the Super Bowl.

Let's see why the NFC is the stronger conference.

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