There are 12 teams that get into the postseason tournament every year, but usually, only about half of them are built for the rigors of playoff football.
So, what defines a true playoff dynamo?
Teams that are geared to winning in December and beyond must have a dominant defense, an offense that can keep the chains moving and score points and coaches that can be counted on to produce excellent game plans on a weekly basis.
Elite quarterbacks can overcome a lack of defense, to a certain extent. But the truth is that every team that has won the Super Bowl over the past decade has fielded an opportunistic defense that came together in the second half of the season.
Here are the six teams—three from each conference—that are most ready to make a strong push into the playoffs in 2012.