NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks and Dark-Horse Super Bowl Contenders

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NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks and Dark-Horse Super Bowl Contenders
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Quietly, the Seattle Seahawks have emerged as one of the NFL's dark-horse Super Bowl contenders. 

Winners of four of the last five games, and with wins over Dallas, Green Bay, New England and Chicago on its 2012 profile, Seattle is a team that can make a run through the NFC playoffs. 

At 8-5 through Week 14, Seattle likely only needs wins in two of its last three games to qualify for the postseason. The Seahawks finish at Buffalo (5-8), vs. San Francisco (9-3-1-) and at St. Louis (6-6-1). They'll be favored in both Buffalo and St. Louis, and a home game against the 49ers represents a chance for Seattle to make a last-ditch run at the NFC West crown.

Rookie quarterback? Who cares. The Seahawks are capable of doing major damage in the postseason this January.

In the following slides, we'll break down our Week 15 power rankings and the teams that are dark-horse candidates to make the Super Bowl.  

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