The NFL playoff race has officially begun and there are a number of surprising teams that that are still scratching and clawing for a wild-card berth or more.
It's been a strange season in the NFL. The AFC is a close race, with shocking teams like the Indianapolis Colts having a firm grip on a wild-card slot. The NFC has a plethora of quality teams with similar records, and could ultimately be decided by tiebreakers.
Both conferences have a multitude of teams battling for wild-card spots, which shouldn't surprise considering the parity that continues to exist in today's NFL.
There are some teams that simply don't shock us as playoff contenders, but there are a few currently on the outside looking in that still have a shot to make the postseason. Let's examine these surprising franchises.