NFL 2012: Potential Playoff Teams for Next Season

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NFL 2012: Potential Playoff Teams for Next Season
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With Cam Newton, the Panthers are a team on the rise.

Every year there are new teams in the NFL playoffs who weren't in the year before.

The reasons for this are many. Teams get better because of experienced players, teams decline when players leave or get old. Injuries also kill teams who are playoff-caliber, opening the door for other teams.

Of the 12 teams in the playoffs in 2010, only six returned this year. That is a turnover rate of 50 percent.

If current trends continue, here are a few teams who have watched the New York Giants and New England Patriots work their way to the Super Bowl who might have a chance to get there next season.

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