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NFL: 5 Teams Who Could Make Surprise Playoff Runs
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Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams Head Coach

Each year, parity seems to be very evident in the NFL.

For example, only six teams that made the playoffs in 2010 returned to the postseason in 2011.

So as we approach the 2012 campaign, this gives us a chance to predict which teams may surprise fans and clinch a playoff berth. Did anyone see the Bengals making the playoffs last year? How about the 49ers nearly getting into the Super Bowl with a rookie head coach after missing the playoffs the previous nine seasons?

Which team will make that run this year?

Here's a look at five teams who could possibly go from missing the playoffs in 2011 to a postseason berth in 2012, and who knows, maybe even a win or two once they get there?

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