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Who Are the NFL's Contenders, Who Are the Pretenders?
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We are past the halfway point in the season, and the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Teams are gearing up for a contentious second half, with many unexpected ones in contention.

There are the obvious entrants—the Falcons, Texans and the like—and plenty fighting for their playoff lives.

The NFL has parity like it has never known. There are many teams poised to make a run at the playoffs, but only a dozen get in. 

Here is a baker's dozen of teams that are currently in playoff position or tied for a spot. But who are the real contenders for the crown? And which teams are mirages? 

Click through to find out.

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