NFL Playoff Predictions: 8 Big Surprises You Will Not See Coming

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NFL Playoff Predictions: 8 Big Surprises You Will Not See Coming
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Every football season proves that the NFL is actually an acronym for "Nobody Figured League."

The 2012 NFL season has been a wild and zany roller coaster ride full of twists and turns.  While the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons have enjoyed a smooth steel coast, teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers have endured a rough, rickety wood trek. 

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have reached new heights, while Drew Brees and the defensively offensive New Orleans Saints have been stunned by a sudden, steep drop.

And who can forget Seattle's Hail Mary win over the Green Bay Packers, who cried foul after an alleged Monday night corkscrew?

The first ten weeks of the regular season have revealed a number of surprises, but as the final weeks pass, the playoff picture should begin to come into focus.  Just as every regular season reveals its fair share of surprises, the league's recent postseasons have been equally unpredictable.

For example, top seeds in the both respective conferences are a combined 6-8 since 2005.  In other words, the majority of teams in both the AFC and NFC that finished the regular season with the respective best record haven't won a single playoff game.  In fact, if you take away the favorite-friendly 2009-10 playoffs, two-thirds of top seeds have lost immediately.

What shocking developments can intrigued football fans expect this winter?  Here are eight surprising developments that you may not see coming this postseason. 

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